One of the most beneficial ways to stay on the right track and guard against a potential relapse in your recovery is to engage in the power of the positive. Beyond surrounding yourself with positive people and building positive networks, positive affirmations and mantras are incredibly powerful tools to do this.
Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful tool within your reach when it comes to sobriety. Seeking out inspiration can really make a difference to finding motivation as you’re walking your path to recovery.
The difference between who you are now and who you are working towards becoming is made much smaller, and even bridged, by finding people in your life who are positive role models and can provide you with inspiration on a daily basis. Positive people in your life can not only serve as inspiration but as mentors and a personal connection to what you want to achieve during your recovery. Here’s how to find those people and start positively impacting your recovery:
Substance use disorders are not simply physical addictions. Underlying unresolved issues, trauma, emotional, and mental health often co-occur with substance use disorders and at least sixty percent of people who struggle with substance use disorder are also experiencing one co-occurring disorder at the same time. To address your issues is to address your mental (as well as physical) well being. Many find themselves at a loss as to where to start when it comes to mental health but your path to recovery begins with what you’re hoping to achieve.
From re-affirming family ties to creating a healthier lifestyle, your goals for recovery are going to be wide and varied and involve all aspects of your life. There’s no better way to encapsulate these ideas and goals initially than with a vision board.
Relapses and slips are part of recovery, and not necessarily a sign that what you’re trying to do is not working. Still, the question of what to do after a relapse is one that many people don’t know how to answer. Knowing how to overcome a relapse can give you the tools and the confidence to continue your road to recovery and decrease the likelihood that you will relapse again.
As part of our continuing effort to keep offering the highest standards of care during recovery, Aquila Recovery is pleased to announce that we have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation.
Peer support systems are encouraged as key components of many treatment programs because of how successful they can be in encouraging good habits that last a lifetime when it comes to recovery. Your recovery doesn’t end with a sober living home or treatment program, and laying the foundations for a strong support system now can help you throughout your journey. Here are a few ways that a strong support system can make your recovery easier and ultimately, smoother.
Slips and relapses happen. While on your road to recovery there will be many bumps along the road but it’s important to remember that they are not a failure or a sign that recovery is not working.
Sober Living Homes are group and community living as a part of treatment for substance use disorders. Research has found improved outcomes for those in addiction recovery when a sober living home is part of their treatment plan. These houses are safe havens established to help people in recovery stay sober throughout their stay, together with other people who understand their struggle. We’ve written about the what to expect of sober homes before, but to briefly recap sober homes generally provide:
- A substance free home
- Peer support with others at different stages of addiction recovery
- Structured environment providing opportunities to slowly implement recovery skills into activities of daily living
- 12 step meeting attendance with sponsorship as a condition of occupancy, which is consistent with the sober living philosophy of peer support for recovery is associated with better outcome for people struggling from a substance use disorder.
But what are the advantages of Sober Living Homes as part of your recovery journey?
A common cause of substance use disorder relapse is stress. Given that stress can play a leading role in the development of a substance use disorder, it’s no surprise that high levels of stress during the recovery process can also play a role in relapse. Effective stress management can help to prevent a relapse, but how can you start to change the ways you manage stress?
The common effects of alcohol on the body are well documented, but what about the seemingly more hidden effect of alcohol addiction on families? Understanding the full impact of your substance use on your family can be a first step on the road to recovery and will help you self-reflect. Not all of these will apply to everyone but even if only a few resonate, it’s worth considering the impact that you may be having on your family. Here are a few common challenges that face families experiencing substance use disorder.