Politician, army officer, writer, and Prime Minister of the UK Winston Churchill once said,
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
If you’ve begun your journey to recovery, whether it be from addiction or mental illness, you have taken a courageous step towards bettering your life – there is nothing more admirable than a person who seeks the help they need in order to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Recovery may seem like a daunting task – and it is, to say the least – but it’s well worth it. Many people spend their entire lives working towards their recovery, and that’s the point; there’s not supposed to be a “finish line”, because the only finish line we have in life is when we pass. Even then, depending on your beliefs, there may continue to be some sort of existence or life after.
A 2015 study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine emphasized 5 main rules that seem to help individuals focus on what’s most important in recovery:
- Changing your life – Change negative thinking patterns, avoid people, places, and things you associate with past drug use, and incorporate the 5 rules to recovery. Change your life for the better; slight changes each day lead to overall substantial changes, which can make you happier than you’ve ever been.
- Being completely honest – Practicing telling the truth. First to yourself, then to those you love, and finally to others if the situation is right. Sometimes it’s hard to admit our wrongdoings and mistakes, but recovery asks that we step up and take responsibility.
- Asking for help – Many people try to embark on recovery on their own – not many succeed because it requires asking for help; obtaining guidance from others who have the knowledge, tools, and experience of what we’re going through to get us to where we want to be.
- Practicing self-care – In recovery, many people struggle with practicing self-care because they’re too hard on themselves. Get the rest that you need. Appreciate how far you’ve come so far. Get adequate exercise, and eat nutritiously. Do things that are healthy for you, that make you happy.
- Don’t bend the rules – Never allow yourself to believe you’re cured or that you’re too good for a piece of advice. It’s these moments that can be the most dangerous – stick to the 5 rules.
If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about several types of programs and which one may be right for you. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.
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.