Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help: 3 Tips For Choosing Recovery

One of the most difficult aspects about addiction is being in the recovery phase. It’s never easy to be under the thumb of a powerful pull, but it’s even harder to try and let it go and get your mind healthy again. Mental health is a huge deal and if you have pulled all your effort together to quit addictive behavior, then you would already be in the state of mind of determination. The determination to stay sober, to stop allowing your addiction to come first and to put your health at the forefront of your mind is so important, and it’s all a big part of choosing recovery this year.

For the most part, people expect addicts to relapse, and it’s to stay on the track of sobriety when this is the case. The thing is, relapse is actually extremely common in those on the sobriety train, almost 90% of those who are successful in reaching sobriety relapse at least once. The intention to stay recovered is a good intention, and sometimes it takes more than willpower to avoid relapsing again. Some in recovery like the idea of a partial hospitalization program when a relapse sneaks up on them, because having residential help immediately available after a spiral is better for recovery than trying to do it themselves. A relapse begins long before the drink or drug is actually consumed, which is why it’s so important to have the right help on speed dial. There are things that you need to do to be able to keep focused and move forward, and below, you’ll read three ways that you can keep choosing recovery - even on the days that you really don’t want to do it.
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  1. Daily Changes.  If you hang around with the same crowd, in the same spots, doing the same things, you won’t be able to engender change. Change happens when you do different things, and if you want to keep choosing recovery you need to be choosing something new for yourself. You may have had some excellent friends when you are in the throes of recovery, but these are not your friends if they’re going to keep you off track. Spend time with the people that influence you in a positive way.
  2. Stick To Routine. Chaos ensures damage, right? A disordered lifestyle is going to be the easiest way for you to stray, so learn your triggers and keep yourself in the best, strictest routine possible to keep yourself secure. Developing a good routine and pattern can prevent slipping into old, bad behaviors. Develop the long term goals within that routine that will keep your sober will ensure that your priorities are correct.
  3. Stay Active. The Devil makes work for idle hands, and if you aren’t busy, your thoughts and your actions can stray towards your old life and your old habits. Sobriety comes in waves of ease and difficulty, and you should make every effort to keep yourself distracted and busy, so that you can be the best that you can be. 
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