Avoiding Toxic People During Recovery
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
“Out with the old, in with the new.” That’s a simplified way to look at your recovery journey. As you’re leaving your past behind, you’re creating new habits, building new relationships and finding new meaning in your life.
Recognizing the Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol and drug addiction can happen to anyone.
You may see a stereotypical “junkie” or alcoholic portrayed in the media as a homeless person or someone who does nothing all day but get high or wasted. The truth is, many people struggle in secret without showing it on the surface. Your friend, family member or co-worker may harbor an addiction without you noticing.
People of all walks of life, regardless of their background, can experience substance use problems that escalate out of control. But how do you know when alcohol or drug abuse becomes an addiction?
How to Boost Your Self-Esteem after Treatment
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. – Sir Edmund Hillary
For many individuals in recovery, low self-esteem is one of the aftereffects of treatment. While you’ll be working on different areas of emotional healing after rehabilitation, high self-esteem is one of the building blocks that you’ll want to make a priority.
If your self-esteem is low, you will find it difficult to motivate yourself to meet recovery goals. You may feel you don’t deserve to feel better and you may jeopardize your progress.
What to Expect Your First 90 Days After Treatment
The first few months after treatment for substance use disorder may be the most challenging phase of your recovery journey. You are experiencing physiological and psychological effects of withdrawal while also adjusting to a new life. At the same time, you are no longer in the structured environment that in-patient treatment provided, and you’re still learning how to apply the new recovery strategies you have learned.
Leaving Your Past Behind While in Recovery
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. — Abraham Lincoln
One thing you’ll hear often as you enter recovery is that you need to let go of the past. You do need to take responsibility for your old actions, but that doesn’t mean dwelling on the past — that will only impede your progress by taking focus away from here and now.
Living in the past is not just about reminiscing. While letting go of old habits or bad influences is important, there’s also real danger from being so paralyzed by your shame and guilt that you can’t move beyond your mistakes. You may be feeling anger and pain over some of the things that happened to you. You may also feel fear about the unknown since the past, however destructive, is at least a familiar road.