8 WAYS TO HONOR RECOVERY MONTH AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE ON THEIR PATH TO RECOVERY:
Recovery Month is a reminder that healing is not only possible but achievable. It's a time to stand united, offering compassion, understanding, and unwavering support to one another. To seize upon the opportunity to celebrate recovery, we share
For those finding their way to recovery, here are 10 tips to get started on the Road to Recovery:
Acknowledge the issue. The fact that you are here, reading this is a big step to recognize and accept that addiction is affecting your life and those around you.
Educate yourself on your addiction and triggers: learn about the addiction or challenge that is in your life.
Give yourself permission to speak to a professional: reach out to a qualified therapist, counselor or addiction specialist hat can supply personalized guidance. Often this covered by insurance and there are several affordable options on line, virtual or by telehealth.
Attend Support Meetings: This can be online/virtual or in person and to your comfort level (camera off or on, just listening and pass or not pass on speaking). Attending meetings provides connection, understanding and knowledge that you are not alone.
Build a Support System that fits for you: surround yourself with supportive and understanding people that respect your goals. These people can include, family, friends, mentors, support groups, members of the community that can provide encouragement, accountability and assistance when needed.
Set clear attainable/sustainable goals: define what you want to achieve with clear objectives in the right direction that are reasonable and motivating.
Create a daily, structured routine that provides stability, includes mindful self-care of nutritious meals and physical activity and reduces the likelihood of triggers or relapse .
Plan for triggering encounters and relapse: recognize triggering situations, people, or emotions and anticipate/plan for those moments to manage challenging events or environments. If this….then that…
Develop coping mechanisms: Build a tool box of healthy coping strategies or mechanisms to replace harmful habits like drinking water, going for a walk, meditating, writing a letter of thanks/kindness to a person that has touched your life.
Celebrate victories, even small ones. Small victories build to big victories. Every step in the right direction, the next right move, directs you to the goals you have set for yourself.