Common Mistakes in Early RecoveryAugust 12, 2016
Making the decision to seek clinical treatment for your addiction is a major step. Completing an addiction treatment program is more significant still. Even so, there remains much work to be done for those who wish to cultivate long-term recovery. Each day will bring new challenges, and you will even make some errors. That is only natural; you are human, you are not perfect, and recovery is hard.
Still, there are steps you can take to avoid some of the most common errors made in early recovery. Consider some of these prevalent errors, and be mindful of them as you navigate your own recovery process.
Getting back to regular life full-force. It is important to eventually shift back into normalcy—into the regular responsibilities of school, work, home and relationships. For some, normalcy can even have therapeutic value. With that said, you do not want to rush things, or bite off more than you can chew. Everyday life brings many stresses and potential triggers, and it is advisable to shift into your normal routine gradually, not all at once.
Trying to handle everything on your own. Nobody expects you to make it entirely on your own. In fact, your friends and family members—to say nothing of your counselors and therapists—want you to lean on them, and to ask for help when you need it. Do so!
Having unreasonable expectations. Recovery does not happen overnight. Not every day is going to be a good day. You will have challenges and you will have setbacks. Do not ask too much of yourself, and do not beat yourself up when things go wrong.
Returning to all your “usual” people, places and activities. As you return to normal life, it’s important to be mindful of the influences in your life that are less than positive—and to stay away from those people, places, or pursuits that might make you drift back to bad habits.
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