Recovery is a crucial time to focus on your overall well-being; therapy and activities give you a chance to learn more about yourself and ways that you can better cope with the challenges of life. If you’re new to recovery, however, there are some things that can hinder your success if you aren’t careful:
- Not being open and honest. Psych Central states that minimizing, rationalizing, forgetting, self-deception and repressing can greatly reduce your chances of success in recovery. Acceptance is important to moving forward, even if facing the reality is painful.
- Having unrealistic expectations. If you expect to be “cured” or “healed” within one week, you could be setting yourself up for a relapse. Take each day in recovery one day at a time and have patience with the process.
- Isolating yourself and refusing help. If you do not allow yourself to connect with others and do not accept help offered to you, you will have small chances of recovery. Support is critical to getting you through rough times and maintaining your determination in recovery.
- Bottling up your emotions. BBC argues that bottling up your emotions is not only dangerous for recovery, but dangerous for your health. Studies have shown that not expressing your emotions can lead to heart disease and a host of other issues. Tell people how you’re feeling so that you can better understand and work through your emotions.
- Engaging in destructive patterns. Punishing yourself through physical or emotional sabotage may seem appropriate if you feel you don’t deserve a happy life. However, these are signs of hidden emotions that you need to address, and destructive patterns of behavior can hinder your ability to learn and grow in recovery.
National Geographic says that making your recovery a priority, taking things one day at a time, communicating, changing your environment and friends, exercising, improving your diet, joining a support group, volunteering and staying focused as several things that can lend success to your recovery. Don’t give up.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.