Addiction recovery involves many aspects, including education, detoxification, holistic activities, therapy, and more. Self-control does play a part in addiction recovery, as it’s ultimately up to you to put in the work and build a life of recovery. However, you’re not alone. Having an entire healthcare team by your side means that you will be well taken care of, with people rooting you on and providing you with the tools you need to lead a happier, healthier life. Addiction recovery does involve cravings and triggers, but there are many techniques that reputable treatment programs use to help clients build their self-control.
A 2015 study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences emphasized the role of behavior change in addiction recovery; addiction can cause lesions in the frontal lobes of the brain, which can give individuals a tendency to neglect goals during the performance of specific tasks. Other cognitive difficulties resulting from long-term addiction are impairments in executive functioning such as organizing and decision making and difficulties with memory. In order to help a person recover and improve these impairments, a person must engage in activities that will exercise their ability to carry out goals – this may involve meditation, mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, writing therapy, social skills training, music therapy, and much more.
If you’re looking to build your self-control skills, consider these daily exercises:
- Learn to manage your stress levels each day by taking part in healthy activities to reduce stress, rather than to react based on your stress
- Tell yourself that you “don’t do” something rather than you “can’t do” something
- Ensure you’re getting adequate sleep each night so that your brain can function at its best
- Practice meditation often
- Get plenty of exercise and eat nutritious food each day
Research has shown that once substances take over and addiction ensues, a person loses much of their self-control capabilities as an influx of dopamine tells their brain that they “need” the drug in order to feel pleasure. When this occurs, the right treatment center is needed to help a person achieve stabilization and work towards restoring their mind, body, and spirit. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
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.