Your lifestyle dictates a lot in your life. For many of those with an addiction, you build your lifestyle around your addiction. Thus, when you are attempting to recover, you then build your recovery around your lifestyle and addiction. This, however, should not be the case. You must begin to put recovery first. If your recovery does not become the most important thing in your life, you will find yourself amid constant relapses.
When we say that your recovery must come first, we mean before everything: family, friends, jobs, school, hobbies — everything. You cannot be willing to compromise your recovery for the secondary things around you. It’s impossible to recover when recovery is the second, third, or fourth-most important thing in your life. If you aren’t willing to give it your all, you might as well not bother to do it at all. You must adapt your lifestyle to your recovery. Make the changes you need in order to not just survive, but thrive. These are a few things you must be willing to change in order to thrive:
Family and friends
It can be extremely hard to put your recovery before your family and friends. You may be worried that they will be offended, or you may feel guilty for putting anything else before them. It’s okay to treasure your relationships. But, they will love you no matter what. They want to see you happy and healthy. This means that they want you to put your recovery first, no matter what.
Work and school can get in the way of a lot of things. You must not let them get in the way of your recovery. If this means taking a break from work and school in order to receive inpatient treatment, then that’s okay. If you must take a few hours a day off to attend outpatient treatment, then that’s okay too. You must be willing to put yourself and your recovery first. It can be hard, but it’s worth it.
Healthy coping skills
We know it can be hard to practice healthy coping skills when what you know is used to falling back on substance use. You must allow yourself the space to assess your triggers, breathe, and then make healthy decisions.
Pinnacle Recovery knows how hard recovery can be. We know it isn’t easy to put recovery ahead of friends, family, and your schedule. We know how hard it is to practice healthy coping skills, especially if you’ve never used them before. We want to give you the tools to succeed. Reach out to us today to learn more information at 1-866-301-0573.