Addiction recovery is an ongoing process. The choice to seek clinical treatment is an important one, and the true beginning of your recovery journey—but even once you leave the recovery community and return to “normal life,” the journey continues.
These early days, once you finish a treatment course, are critical. What’s most important is that you establish healthy habits while avoiding some of the most common early recovery errors. These errors aren’t going to ruin your recovery, but they may make it more difficult, or provide you with some disheartening setbacks.
Here are just a few of the most common early recovery errors to avoid.
Getting back into your regular routine too quickly. Recovery can drain a lot of your mental and physical energy, a problem that’s compounded when you add on all the stresses of school or work. If possible ease your way back into these daily responsibilities. Take on a little bit more each day, rather than immediately immersing yourself in all your normal obligations.
Attempting to do everything all on your own. You need to ask for help, and it’s as simple as that. You need to accept the efforts that your friends and family members make to assist you. Trying to do it all on your own is a recipe for burnout and frustration.
Setting too lofty expectations. Remind yourself that recovery doesn’t happen overnight, nor without a few setbacks along the way. Don’t expect a perfectly smooth transition, or to become an entirely new person overnight. Take things one day at a time!
Returning you your old haunts. It’s entirely possible that some of your old friends or your old habits are triggering—and it’s vital for your recovery that you avoid them, rather than falling back into the same old ruts.
Avoid these early recovery errors—and if you need help standing strong, give the Seacliff team a call!Contact us today to learn more about addiction recovery.