Undertaking the recovery process is one of the greatest challenges we’ll experience in life. It involves huge transitions and life-altering changes. We can be consumed with fear that manifests in the form of anxiety, worry and panic. We can doubt ourselves and our abilities to get well. We’re afraid of the transitions we’ll have to undergo, all of the lifestyle changes we’ll have to make, and everything we’ll have to give up for the sake of our sobriety. When we’re finally ready to do the work, we’re being invited to rise to the challenge. Here are a few suggestions for how to help ourselves rise to the challenge of recovery.
Believe in Yourself
Having faith in ourselves doesn’t come automatically for many of us. It’s not an easy, natural feeling for us to believe in ourselves. It’s something we’ll need to work at and practice. Build yourself up, in big and little ways. Praise yourself whenever you do something successfully, even if it’s as simple as achieving one day of sobriety. Celebrate all your accomplishments, no matter how small. Every positive interaction you have, every situation where you shed your dependence, every time you successfully avoid relapse – praise and celebrate yourself. Become your own best friend and ally. Uplift and encourage yourself. Shift the limiting beliefs you’re holding onto that tell you that you’re not good enough or that you can’t actually heal. Transform your self-talk to be kind and supportive of yourself. Visualize yourself fully healed, and take daily steps to manifest your recovery.
Surround yourself with people who believe in you, who support you, and who can envision your success alongside you. Separate yourself from people who bring you down, who themselves are struggling with addiction, who encourage you to use, and who want you to stay in addictive cycles because they themselves aren’t ready to get sober. Enlist the support of therapists, recovery coaches and mentors. Take advantage of support group meetings, relapse prevention planning, and other helpful resources. Don’t feel as though you have to approach your recovery completely on your own. Reaching out for help, accepting that help, and allowing ourselves to be supported are signs of courage and strength, not weakness.
Focus on the Positive
When we’re afraid to rise to a specific challenge, it’s often because we’re afraid of all the negative possibilities, all of the things that could go wrong. Our fear can work against us. We can start convincing ourselves that we’ll relapse. We can be so riddled with fear that we sabotage our progress. Try to stop focusing on all the things that could go wrong, all the things you have to sacrifice, all the hard stuff, and switch your focus to the positive – how wonderful it will feel to be sober, how fulfilled and redeemed you’ll feel in recovery, all the beautiful benefits of sobriety and positive life changes that come along with it.
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