Addiction recovery is a journey, and along the way, you may hit some roadblocks. There may be times where you feel as though you’ve reached a plateau or are struggling to stay motivated. Don’t let these challenges make you lose sight of how far you have come or how far you still want to go. It’s time to take action so you can continue moving forward with recovery and achieving the goals you have set for yourself.
Re-Read Your Gratitude Journal
Take a few minutes to look back on the many things you’ve been grateful for recently. Reading a lot of positives can help you to turn your attitude around and change your perspective. Realize that every time you’ve had a bad day, you’ve made it through, and you’ve found a few things to be thankful for. Keep pushing ahead.
Recognize What You Can and Cannot Control
Sometimes roadblocks can stem from frustration. You may feel that nothing is going right. Before you react, stop to reflect on the situation and what is and is not within your control. You can’t change what others say or do, but you can control how you respond and what you do. If you find yourself in a negative or potentially tempting situation, make a conscious effort to get to a safe space and not react impulsively.
Switch It Up
Perhaps you’ve hit a rut and are becoming complacent with your recovery plan. Change things up and try something new. Find a class to join or hobby to try. Take a different route on your daily run. Go on a long weekend getaway to clear your mind and feel refreshed when you return. Plan things that you’re looking forward to and can get excited about, like going to a baseball game, getting a manicure, or having dinner with friends. Instead of waiting for yourself to burn out, make a positive change and realize that you need to do some different things to stay motivated and engaged with your recovery.
If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to speak up. Tell your counselor or therapist. Talk about it in your support group. Reach out to a friend or family member. Don’t keep everything to yourself. Others want to see you succeed and they want to help you get there. You don’t have to do everything alone. Your therapist or counselor can help you to work through challenges and make meaningful changes to keep moving forward in recovery while reducing risk of relapse and creating a life you love.
Seacliff Recovery Center works with clients throughout each step of their recovery journey to build a thriving life in sobriety. Whether you’re just starting out or could benefit from additional support and guidance, Seacliff has you covered. Learn to overcome obstacles and keep moving forward in your recovery today; you’ve worked so hard, and it is worth it.