Once you have completed an addiction treatment program and have a few weeks, months, or even years of sobriety under your belt, it can be easy to slip into a comfortable routine. You just keep chugging along, day after day. But eventually, that can lead to complacency, which can be risky for continued recovery. When you start putting less focus on your efforts to remain substance-free, temptation can slip in.
There is no “cure” for addiction; it is an ongoing journey and recovery is something you actively maintain each day. If you find yourself starting to become bored with what you’re doing, attending fewer support group meetings, checking in with accountability buddies less often, and sliding back into old routines, it’s time to make a change to shake things up and reduce your risk of becoming complacent.
Change things up
You don’t have to make drastic changes to what you’re doing, but consider trying something new. Switch up the exercise class you attend. Try your hand at a new hobby. Get involved in volunteer work. Start keeping a gratitude journal. Do something to keep you engaged and motivated in your recovery.
Set new goals
When was the last time you looked at your recovery goals, or just life goals in general? Decide what some things are you want to accomplish and write them down – then actually do the work to achieve them. Set both short- and long-term goals for yourself so you have something to keep working toward and hit milestones along the way.
Keep an attitude of gratitude
Take time each day to write about a few things you are grateful for. They can be big or small. You can also just write about your daily thoughts in general. This can help you to see how far you have come, remind you of all that you have achieved, and keep you grounded. If you start to feel down or as though you’re standing still, go back and re-read what you have written for motivation to keep pushing ahead.
Connect with others
Talk to people in your support group or others who have gone through similar challenges. Let them know you feel like you’re in a rut and need to get out of it. Find out how they’ve approached these situations. If you’re unsure about trying a new activity, ask someone to join you so you have support and friendly face by your side.
Talk about it
Complacency can be a major challenge, and working with a therapist or counselor can help you come up with a plan and put effective strategies in place to keep moving forward. You may find that you benefit from group therapy where you’re able to talk about things in a safe, supportive environment with others who understand what you’re going through.
R&R Recovery at Seacliff offers a wide range of outpatient treatment options including group therapy to support clients along each step of the way. Feel more confident in your continued recovery and your ability to build a healthy, substance-free life you love. If you’re feeling stuck or could benefit from additional support, contact R&R Recovery at Seacliff today.