The life you were living was unmanageable, it was crazy and out of control; so you decided to take action. Throughout your addiction you probably hurt a lot of people, including yourself. You may have used drugs or alcohol to self medicate the pain away, emotions may be coming to the surface that you haven’t felt in a long time. This day is the first day of your new life, emotions are going to running hot, you may have some cravings and you’re probably overwhelmed. So what should you do on your first day sober to help make it less stressful and more enjoyable?
A support group is “a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.” You need to get around people who have been through what you’re going through. Having a good support group is the foundation to a strong recovery . These people can become life long friends and will help you through your times of need, but for right now they will be an example for you to follow. They can help you find a recovery fellowship, they can talk you out of a bad mood, they can share a relatable story or at the very least offer an ear to you.
You should get yourself into some type of meeting. Find yourself a good recovery fellowship; the most popular are A.A, N.A, S.M.A.R.T Recovery and Celebrate Recovery. These are all recovery groups that will allow you to meet others in recovery. Get yourself involved, it will help give balance and structure to your life. If you don’t know where to find one you can visit a variety of websites that can help pinpoint meetings near by. Each link will help you find a different type of meeting.
Give yourself a to do list, you don’t want to be wandering around aimlessly all day wondering how to spend your time. Giving yourself some structure will help your day go smoothly and by completing small goals throughout the day you will feel a certain level of accomplishment. Having downtime is great but too much of it can be a dangerous thing. A bored mind can cause some damage in early recovery, by giving yourself a routine or at least a small checklist of goal to accomplish it will help the day move faster and keep you occupied. When your mind isn’t occupied you may focus on past mistakes or fantasize about using. Keep yourself busy doing the right thing.
Start your new life the right way and start a new diet and workout routine. By getting your body in shape you will help your mind speed up the recovery process. During addiction the chemical makeup of your brain drastically changes, exercising helps release dopamine and can help battle anxiety and depression. It will also help keep you busy and meet new people; plus it’s a great way to stay in shape.
Give yourself the best chance at long term recovery. Don’t cut corners, don’t try and take short cuts; this is your life we’re talking about here. Get out there and meet some people, find a recovery fellowship, get yourself involved and get your body healthy. You have a new life waiting for you, it’s going to take some work but it’s going to be worth it.
If you think a loved one is struggling with addiction then do something about it today. The disease of addiction is real, it claims too many lives every day. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of getting help for you, your family and your loved one. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and chaos and help bring peace of mind to you and your family.