Addiction: Top 10 Tips to Recovery

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be tough. Here are our top 10 tips that will help you to stay clean & sober and have some fun along the way.

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➟ 10 Tips to Recovery – Nr. 1: Get active

1. Action: Recovery takes action! You can start simply by setting your alarm earlier in the morning, getting up, making your bed. You can do things like spring clean the house, some things you’ve put off for some time, go to a meeting, meet up with friends.

➟ Take a breath & be proud of yourself

2. Breathe. This is important. Recovering from any illness or injury can be difficult. So this is definitely the case recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. So please commend yourself for your courage for coming into recovery and just breathe.

➟ Connection will help boost your addiction recovery

3. Connection. Connection provides purpose. Coming into recovery we can start to feel guilty, ashamed, isolated, fearful, depressed … so making those connections with people can really help boost your recovery.

➟ Finding someone to confide in is key to a successful recovery

4. Finding yourself a mentor or sponsor. This is really important. This is about finding a much more intimate relationship with somebody. Somebody you can tell all your deepest, darkest secrets to, all your problems, all your stuff from active addiction. It will help with your confidence, self-esteem…

➟ Recovery can be tough – ask for help!

5. Asking for help. Asking for help is not something that comes naturally for people who suffer with alcohol or drug addiction. Recovery is difficult, life is difficult. And you may be in a relationship, you may have children, you may have a stressful job…you may just really struggle with day-to-day life. So asking for help with these things is really important because there are people out there who will help you.

➟ It’s important to keep it a day at a time in addiction recovery

6. A day at a time: So, coming out of addiction or being in addiction we can live in the past which can then create depression. We can project into the future – this can bring a lot of anxiety. So something that we teach is definitely to keep it “one day at a time”. What can I do just for today to help me in my recovery? It might be eating 3 meals a day, taking the kids to school, doing a bit of exercise. Just taking it one day at a time.

➟ Ground yourself with meditation

7. Meditation. Meditation can help keep you grounded. It can help you deal with any emotions that you may be feeling for the first time in a long time. It can help you switch off from your busy head. It can help you to really learn how to sit with yourself. People who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction can tend to suppress feelings. So, when these feelings start to come up, meditation is a great way of grounding yourself and actually accepting things for what they are.

➟ Flood your brain with natural endorphines through exercising

8. Exercise. If you haven’t exercised for quite some time in addiction – I didn’t exercise for a long time – coming into recovery is the time to start. It’s a healthy choice. Something that actually releases natural endorphins into your brain. Obviously you’ll see the results externally, but internally it makes you feel a lot better as well.

➟ The benefits of volunteering are plenty

9. Volunteer. So, for me, giving back to any form of community really helps early on in your recovery. It helps you to adapt to new relationships, it gives you something positive to focus on, but you can also make friends, it can boost self-esteem, it can give you a new direction in life and open up new ways of finding new goals. So, try a bit of volunteering in your recovery.

➟ Recovery is FUN!

10. Have fun! Recovery is not all doom and gloom. Yes, it can be hard as life is hard but recovery is also fun. Find yourself a group of like-minded people. Try some new hobbies, do things that you’ve always wanted to do, go for walks in the wood, go to a sober dance, go on holiday, go trekking in the mountains… The world literally is your oyster. There’s so many things that you can do to have fun in your recovery – but keep it healthy.


Further reading material:

○ “The 6 Most Common Blocks to Recovery”: (https://www.hope-rehab-center-thailan…)

○ “Jules story: From heroin addict to front line recovery worker”: (https://www.hope-rehab-center-thailan…)

○ “Episode 25 – How to Deal with Serious Consequences of Addiction in Recovery”: (https://www.hope-rehab-center-thailan…)