4 Tips for Staying Positive in Recovery
As someone recovering from addiction, I can share with you 4 tips for staying positive in recovery.
1. Surround yourself with positive people.
When I first stepped into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous I thought that everyone was faking it. Surely sober people are not this happy? Are they on something? I was certain that everyone was lying to me, but I stuck around. I kept coming back and allowing these people to hug me when I thought I was far from lovable. Eventually I found out that people working a program of recovery are indeed happy. We are happy, joyous, and free…and sometimes a little nutty. Stick around, and you will see that there is much laughter to be shared with a group of sober people. This is one of the most important tips for staying positive in recovery.
2. Remember to flow with the ups and downs.
Some days you will feel on top of the world, and other days you will feel like gum stuck to the bottom of a sneaker. You keep trying to move forward, but you feel stuck in one place. This leads me back to the first tip. If you are surrounding yourself with positive people, they are going to help you scrape that gum off your shoe and keep you moving forward. In overcoming drug addiction, there will be hard times, there will be painful moments, and life will continue to happen. When you push through everything and continue to remain sober, you will feel empowered. It helps to remember that you are not alone in anything that you feel–others feel that way sometimes, too.
3. Take care of yourself.
In active addiction, most of us treated our bodies like garbage. We did not love ourselves or take care of our health. Staying positive in recovery means learning to love ourselves and treat ourselves to the simple pleasures. Take long walks, watch the sunrise, and get the massage you’ve always wanted. Go out to eat with friends, go skydiving, or take a trip to an amusement park. Start spending money on healthy things instead of deadly toxins. We always found a way to support our habit, so now we have to find a way to support our health.
4. Be of service.
Helping others in need is rewarding beyond words. When you get to be that person who hugs the scared newcomer, you are sharing what was freely given to you. There is no greater feeling than sharing your experience, strength, and hope with another person who is struggling with the seemingly hopeless disease of addiction. Helping someone find the light is the most positive and rewarding aspect of service work. If this tip becomes your main priority, you will find that the others require minimal effort.
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