Recovery is an opportunity to live life in new ways. Those who have struggled with addiction have faced a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for being addicted. Once they enter recovery and start living a new life, the guilt does not always end.
Taking Time For Self-Care
Self-care is the way an addict in recovery learns to differentiate between selfishness and selflessness. Most who attend a residential treatment program or other level of care will learn how to identify their needs and take care of themselves in a way that meets those needs. Learning to provide for themselves in a healthy way that doesn’t involve drugs and alcohol, those in recovery should not feel guilty about taking time for self-care. Their past of addiction does not deprive them of their right to take time for themselves in recovery and be taken care of. Self-care is an important tool for relapse prevention that actively helps drop the feelings of guilt associated with doing good, healthy things for the self.
Setting And Enforcing Boundaries/ Acting On A Moral Compass
Addiction can often cause blinders when it comes to boundaries. As someone in recovery learns how to set and maintain healthy boundaries, those around them can feel surprised or even angered by those boundaries. Boundaries are a sign of healthy growth and development. Most often, the people who react the most aggressively to boundaries are the people who have the most difficulty living within them. They are also the most likely to remark about the sudden turn of the tides in someone’s life when they recover. Acting along proper lines in one life is a necessity for keeping relapse at bay. Living better than before is the sustenance of recovery.
Honesty is the first and most important principle in recovery. In order to recover from a problem like drug and alcohol addiction, one has to become honest about the fact that they have a problem. From their first step in recovery of admitting they have a problem throughout the rest of their lives in recovery, honesty is their best policy for staying sober.
Asking For Opinions/Taking Suggestions From Others
The addicted brain has been chemically rewired to prioritize drugs and alcohol over anything else. For every question or challenge in life, the answer for the brain is: drugs and alcohol. Learning to work against that hard wiring and create concrete changes in the way the brain thinks is why those who are in recovery should never feel guilty about asking for opinions. Their best thinking could lead to tragic results. Taking suggestions from others who have more time in recovery and a higher level of professional expertise is a form of humility, surrender, and acceptance.
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