Redefining Success In Recovery

Redefining Success In Recovery

Many recovering addicts find that they must redefine what it means to be successful in recovery. Success in recovery is as much about staying sober one day at a time as it is about long-term commitment. Recovery requires both a step-at-a-time mentality as well as a long-term plan to stay clean and sober. Understanding that success looks different for every individual helps keep those in recovery from measuring themselves against an unreachable standard.

Getting into the right type of treatment program is the first step in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. In the beginning stages of treatment, success looks more like a series of good choices not to do drugs or drink rather than a long-term plan. At first, recovery may be a minute-by-minute journey for some people. However, eventually those minutes become hours. Sober hours become sober days as you work towards small goals set for you by your rehab team. Many people in recovery choose “100 Days Sober” as their first goal. But recognizing and celebrating the smaller goals reached on the way to the larger goal makes staying on track easier and more worthwhile.

Recovery success will also have its share of setbacks. Understanding that setbacks and relapses are a normal part of the process helps you realize how important it is to be consistent with your care. Attending therapy sessions and support group meetings, staying consistent with your exercise and nutrition program, and faithfully employing the coping skills you have learned are all the building blocks to staying sober. Falling off the wagon does not have to determine your next steps. Realizing you made a mistake, accepting responsibility, and analyzing how you got off track with your therapist and support group are all steps you can take to reclaim your recovery.

Success in recovery is all about understanding your individual needs. This involves identifying the underlying psychological and emotional issues that led to the addiction and developing new, sober coping mechanisms. Doing so may involve difficult choices, like ending relationships that enabled your addiction or getting treatment for a mental illness. Taking the necessary steps to stay clean and sober, one day at a time, will help define what success in recovery means to you.

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