After rehab comes recovery. The long road to defeating addiction and achieving healthy mental and emotional states in order to move on with your life. It’s about learning to release control in order to gain control or flow in unison with life.
Addicts are liable to thinking or feeling poorly about themselves. A successful recovery gently extricates you from that feeling. It brings the understanding that human beings are naturally imperfect as well as the need to learn to co-exist with our flaws without letting them control our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
It’s also during recovery that we take gentle steps towards mending the relationships our addiction scarred, and assuming the responsibilities our addiction led us to neglect. Here are four personal, impactful ways to beat your demons and ensure a successful recovery from drug addiction:
Find Your Dreams and Aspirations
Dreams and aspiration, like drugs, can be somewhat addictive. When you are pursuing something that indulges your passion, it fills that void in your life that you initially tried to satiate through substance abuse. It practically keeps you too occupied to entertain idle thoughts and habits that can translate to a relapse.
The problem is that addicts are rarely concerned about their dreams, aspirations and their future. Recovery is the time to seek to discover positive things about yourself and how they can help you determine what you truly want to be in life. Also, how to pursue that calling.
Make Peace With Your Childhood
Studies have long shown that exposure to traumatic experiences, particularly during childhood, contributes to substance abuse and dependence. Hence, if a recovering addict doesn’t reconcile with and transcend their traumatic experiences soon enough, they risk relapsing.
Childhood traumas aren’t issues anyone can deal with on their own. At best, dealing with childhood traumas without the help of a therapist would only supress them—in that state, they can still interfere in your actions and behaviours. If during recovery, something awakens those suppressed childhood traumas, a relapse may be inevitable.
Seek the assistance of an experienced therapist. It’s okay to grieve, to feel pain, shame, or guilt, to feel scared… It only proves that you are human. Deal with your childhood traumas and be done with them, so that you can focus on your recovery.
Focus On Your Growth
Life isn’t black and white. There are many shades of grey. Better still, there are numerous other colours and their shades. Why then should you live your life believing that all that exists is either success or failure?
What About Progress? Development?
You are human. You will win some battles and you will lose some. The most important thing is that you learn from your failures and successes and grow to become a better you. This means that instead of focusing on your few wins and many losses and letting negative emotions consume you, why not focus on your growth instead. How have you improved since yesterday?
Be True to Your Values
To avoid a relapse, you need to feel good about yourself and you need to be at peace with your actions.
This is why being true to your personal values is very important—this is assuming that your values are ethical. Going against your personal values incites conflict within you. The conflict births guilt, shame, sadness, anger and frustration. To escape that feeling of betraying oneself, it’s easy to resort once again to substance abuse.
Therefore, why not stand firmly behind your values. Say no to people or something when you need to. Don’t do things that offend your ethics. Avoid as many internal conflicts as possible. This will help you maintain inner peace and joy. Thus, having a healthy recovery.
The road to recovery is neither paved with gold nor adorned with flowers. It’s bumpy and riddled with potholes. How you navigate that road will determine your chances of successfully reaching the end of your journey. Take that journey in the midst of friends and family, seek help when you need it, and ultimately believe that you can get to the end of the road without relapsing.