Successful Recovery Starts Here
Recovery from addiction requires a solid commitment to sober living. Anyone who is currently in recovery or just beginning the journey should understand that addiction is a disease. It is not a lack of willpower and self-control but a disease that is lodged in the limbic system of your brain.
For some people, managing addiction through faith and determination works for them. But for many
10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY
Make your recovery a priority
Put yourself first and stay in touch with trained professionals who know you and can provide you with comprehensive treatment options and sound advice throughout your recovery.
Addiction can be very isolating so talk to your friends and family about your challenges. While it may be tough, the support system you create will give you an enormous boost. They will be there when you need them and will help you stay motivated and focused.
Change your friends
Some of your friends may have been enabling your addiction instead of helping you control it. If you have friends that may jeopardize your recovery, it is time to find a new circle of friends. The right friends will help you to maintain a healthy recovery.
Improve your diet
In addition to exercise, eating right is another key ingredient to a successful recovery. Whether you get help or do it on your own, improvements in diet will make you healthier mentally and physically.
Work or donate your time
Take it one day at a time
Recovery is a process, not a destination. Do not let thoughts of use or old habits get the best of you. Learn techniques to overcome any negative thoughts and feelings.
Change your environment
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy recovery is to replace your bad habits with healthy, new ones. Surround yourself with positive people, things, and experiences. Search out cultural events and activities that can stimulate your body and mind in a new, exciting – and healthy way.
Get some exercise
Spending 30-60 minutes walking or at the gym, just a few days a week will do wonders for you. Exercise will not only boost your physical strength, but it will also boost your mental health as well. Improve your diet – in addition to exercise, eating right is another key ingredient to a successful recovery. Whether you get help or do it on your own, improvements in diet will make you healthier mentally and physically.
Join a support group
Whether you join a
Never give up
Whatever you do, regardless of the challenges or obstacles you face, do not give up, or give in to the disease. Rely on your family, friends, and support systems to keep going in the face of temptations and difficult days.
- Narcotics Anonymous of New Orleans
- Northshore Area Narcotics Anonymous
- Alcoholics Anonymous of New Orleans
- Al-Anon in Louisiana
- New Orleans Area Al-Anon Family Groups
- Ala-Teen in Louisiana
- Gambler’s Anonymous
Adapted from Hazelden and Enterhealth