When you first start the addiction recovery process, your level of motivation tends to be pretty high; you’re excited to tackle new challenges and ultimately to remain sober over the long haul. But as the process continues, and as you face some rocky situations, it’s not uncommon for that motivation to flag.
The question is, what are the practical things you can do to maintain your motivation, throughout your recovery journey? Here are just a few recommendations from the Seacliff team.
How to Stay Motivated in Your Recovery
Set realistic goals. Long-term goals are important, but so are short-term ones. Give yourself some “checkpoints” in your recovery journey; set yourself up for some little wins that can motivate you to keep moving forward.
Practice active gratitude. Recovery sometimes has setbacks, and that can be demoralizing. Counteract that by nurturing a sense of thankfulness. One way you can do this is to keep a gratitude journal, simply noting the things you’re thankful for each day.
Serve others. Another way to avoid demoralization is to take the focus off yourself, and instead invest in others. Sign up for a service project or volunteer position. Or, go to some meetings where you can encourage others who are just starting their recovery journey.
Care for yourself. Self-care is another important component in recovery. Take some time each day to pray, meditate, do some yoga, journal, practice a favorite hobby—whatever it is you need to do to recharge your batteries.
Continue going to therapy. Finally, if you are feeling your motivation wane, that’s an exemplary reason to keep going to therapy, as well as support groups. Be honest with your therapist about how you’ve been feeling and ask for some ways to work through this dry period.
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