Teaching Balance in Addiction Treatment
Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is not a quick or easy process. Once an individual has made the first step of reaching out and getting treatment, they face an even harder reality after they leave treatment. This is where the real work starts – some people may say it’s easy to get sober, but difficult to stay sober.
The Importance of Early Steps
Early recovery should consist of going to meetings on a daily basis, building a support network, talking with a sponsor regularly, and doing some 12-step work. In early sobriety, as long as one can get through the day without taking a drink or a drug, then the day should be considered a success.
Addiction treatment programs like the one at Lakeview Health will teach its clients not to get ahead of themselves and give each client a treatment plan that is put together systematically and individualized to suit their needs. Because every patient is different, it follows that every treatment regimen should be made just for them – including an extensive aftercare plan.
Finding a Balance
Finding a healthy balance is vital in early recovery. The purpose of getting sober is to start to enjoy life once again. And this means that your new life should include some of the activities that you enjoyed before drugs or alcohol began to consume your life. Finding hobbies like physical activities or reading a book helps to keep you busy and to allow you to find a balance.
One of the main ingredients necessary to staying sober is learning how to have fun in sobriety. Drugs and alcohol will skew a person’s thoughts on what they perceive to be fun. No one is going to be able to get sober all at once. It is a slow process. But the key is to keep plugging away at it and to do so naturally. Don’t get overwhelmed by not being able to grab onto a concept or idea immediately. As long as you keep moving forward, you will find your niche and figure out works for you.
You Can Start Today
People suffering from drug and alcohol addiction are accustomed to extremes, and so finding a balance can be a real challenge. Between a job, family obligations, and financial stress, life can be very hectic even without having to deal with addiction. This is why, when recovering from addiction, it is essential to recognize limitations. One needs to know when to say “no.” And not just to drugs and alcohol, but also to taking on tasks and doing favors for others that will potentially lead to feeling overwhelmed.
Quality residential alcohol and drug rehab will help each client put together an aftercare plan that will allow them to establish and maintain the balance in their life, and give them the best chance at achieving a long term, quality sobriety. Contact Lakeview Health online today or call us at 866.704.7692 to start on your road to recovery today. You can take your life back.