There’s a lot that goes into addiction recovery. Treatment involves therapy, learning new ways of thinking and relating to others, as well as life skills and strategies for regulating emotions. Lifestyle changes are also important. Getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise are all important for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. Once you leave treatment, you have to apply all these changes to your regular life. Having some degree of stability makes this all possible.
Having stability in your life means your days are mostly predictable. You get up at the same time, you have breakfast, you go to work, you exercise, you go to meetings, and so on. This allows you to make recovery a regular part of your day. Stability allows you to get enough sleep and eat healthy food. It ensures you always have time for meetings, therapy, meditation, and whatever else is in your recovery plan. Most importantly, stability reduces stress and anxiety. You know what to expect on any given day and you can feel relatively confident you can deal with whatever happens. Stress and anxiety are major triggers for most people and minimizing them, especially early on, makes it easier to stay on track.
Without stability, you’re always trying to fit things in. You might sleep eight hours one night and five hours the next. Your anxiety increases and your willpower decreases. You go to meetings when you have time and fit the other stuff in when you can. You generally feel like you have less control over your life. Everything feels chaotic. You’re never really sure what problems will arise on any given day. Gradually, your recovery plan falls apart and you are in danger of relapse.
A desire for more stability is one of the top reasons people give for entering treatment for addiction. Often people struggling with substance use disorders have a desperate desire to control their schedules and emotional states, but ironically, addiction only makes life more chaotic. Relationships fall apart and problems multiply. Life depends on satisfying the next craving or staving off withdrawal.
Entering treatment reintroduces true stability. You go to bed and get up at regular times. You eat at regular times. You go to therapy and do other activities at regular times. This establishes a pattern that makes the larger work of recovery possible. Maintaining this pattern after treatment is a good idea, but some people find it challenging. It may help to transition to a sober living home or continue with an intensive outpatient program to maintain some structure and direction in recovery.
Out of our beautiful custom home in Holladay, Utah, Pinnacle Recovery offers a premiere, customized clinical continuum of care for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders. With the healing and inspiring scenery of the breathtaking Utah mountains all around you, you’ll be motivated to work toward deep, lasting change and recovery. Call us today for information on our programs: 866-301-0573