In a sense, we all develop some form of dependency – whether it be on a relationship, cigarettes, video games, alcohol, work, and more. With any change of these routines, a new pattern of behavior must form. For instance, if we depend on our significant other and that relationship ends, we must learn and adapt to the change. Instead of coming home to our loved one, we may be coming home to an empty house. From there, we may decide to change our usual pattern of behavior by playing pool with friends, watching a movie, working on a hobby, etc. A new way of living forms, and soon enough, that becomes our new lifestyle. This is the same sort of change that a person who was once dependent on drugs will experience – and adjusting to a new way of life without drugs is possible.
The first step to developing a new lifestyle after drug dependency is to remember that it will feel uncomfortable for a little while, and that patience is key. Just as a person who broke up with their partner may feel awkward and lonely for a few weeks or months after the breakup, a person who is adjusting to a life without drugs may feel a lot of empty space in daily life to fill. Luckily, there are so many activities that a person can fill their time with to help them get readjusted. Volunteering, picking up a new hobby, attending support groups and spending time with a healthy friend or family member are a few great ways to developing a fresh lifestyle.
Secondly, continuously work on building an internal (mind) script of positivity and inspiration. Think about what your goals and dreams are – what steps can you take today to accomplish these? Reflecting on your biggest dreams can give you clues and insight into how you can spend your time in a healthy and productive manner. Thinking positively and reassuring yourself that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing provides a great backdrop for success and healthy living.
Thirdly, understand and accept your mistakes. Part of being human is making mistakes and, as we make them, we grow and learn from them. Recognize that you will still make mistakes in the future, and that’s okay. Part of recovery after addiction is learning about who you are soberly – and embracing your core self. Spend time learning more about who you are as a person and what you truly want out of life. Surround yourself with people who lift your best sense of self and rely on them in times of need.
Any form of change is challenging, and nobody truly likes to feel out of their “comfort zone”. Practicing and using these key steps are just a few ways to ensure that you are on the right path. They say that the best choices in life are often the scariest ones – and in this case, that’s true. Finding your true self after losing it to addiction is a miraculous, transformative journey that has been achieved by millions of people. You can do this, and you are not alone.
Recovery is made possible when you choose a treatment center that holds itself to higher standards in order to provide better outcomes. Learning to live without drugs takes time. That’s why New Vista Behavioral Health treatment centers provide a continuum of care. Our exceptional care providers guide you through your first months of recovery, building a solid foundation on top of rock bottom. Call us today for information on how to get started: 866-855-4202