Denial. Most issues in life start with some sort of denial and if you want to make a change in your life you need to face the issue and stop denying that it is there. This is true for dealing with trauma, for substance use disorder and for any change you want to make in your life. When it comes to treatment for substance use disorder, denial is a significant contributor to your success (or lack thereof).
The road to recovery is not always smooth and relapses are not desirable, but they are a natural part of the addiction recovery process. Despite this, it is important to remember that there are certain factors that can improve the success of your SMART Recovery Journey and likelihood of long-term sobriety.
Treatment for substance use disorder comes in many forms and understanding the options available can often help you take the first steps towards recovery and forming better lifelong habits. While there’s a myriad of options available, let’s take a look two programs that are particularly popular during sobriety journeys and how you might choose between them.
Goal setting is necessary in life and is no exception to substance use recovery. Goals represent your vision and goal setting plots the road map to take you there. SMART Goals test the effectiveness of your goals and they fuel your dreams and awaken them to life. It is the first step towards achieving your dreams. Here is why you should consider setting smart goals in your recovery journey.
The leading recovery advocate in the modern era, Aquila Recovery founder Johnny Allem published “Say the Second Thing” book. Conveyed in a contemporary voice of a highly experienced helper the book provides proven, realistic and thoughtful tools one can use to address day-to-day situations people face in early addiction recovery, i.e. the first three years.
Reducing the stigma associated with alcohol use disorder, the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD), founded and sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month. By encouraging communities to talk about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery we can better prevent, identify, and treat substance use disorders as well as support those in our communities who are affected by them.
We know that you're focused on your recovery. Staying focused, however, can be a struggle if you're not setting the right goals for yourself. Setting SMART Goals for Addiction Recovery is a challenge facing a lot of people, but it's an easy one to solve.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. They’re easy to set and easy to track, but many people still fail to meet their goals because they fail to track them.
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: