We don’t want to disappoint anyone, especially now that we are finally doing the right thing. But it is in our nature to become obsessed in one area and neglect other areas. For example, we may pick up a new hobby and neglect our family, friends, spouses and employment. This type of behavior is characteristic of addiction and we must learn to monitor it so that we do not relapse into old patterns.
Flexibility and setting limits are skills that we lost in active addiction and now need to redevelop. It is difficult to find the balance without feeling like you are neglecting someone else. The truth is that you need to put your recovery first when making decisions that will affect your life, such as family vacations. You may want to take a trip, but you’ll still have to find meetings to work your program while away. When does balancing recovery and life get easier?
You want your life to blend seamlessly with your recovery program. But before this blend takes place, we may hit some speed bumps along the way. Family, significant others and friends who are not in the program of recovery may seem difficult at first. They may not understand the importance of staying connected with your sober supports. Staying informed and educating those around you about addiction can help you transition smoothly from treatment back to your life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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