Learn About Change in Recovery
Change is an inevitable part of recovery, a journey that requires an individual to change large portions of their life in order to put an end substance abuse. One of the biggest life changes in many people’s lives, and certainly in their sobriety, is deciding to seek treatment. However, that is simply one domino in a series of changes that could lead to some other changes, which can be more difficult to anticipate or to deal with.
Continue reading to learn more about some of these less anticipated changes.
Why Is Change Necessary to Recovery?
Change is necessary for a strong, effective recovery for many reasons.
- It allows recovering individuals to rid themselves of old habits, which could be a trigger point.
- It helps recovering individuals resist relapse.
- It allows recovering individuals to learn to accept change—and the stresses that come with it—and to deal with these issues without returning to substance abuse.
- It allows for a better, safer way of doing things that one may not have considered before.
Those struggling with substance abuse benefit from treatment because of the ways in which it teaches these lessons and others. In addition, treatment also helps them learn to set their sights on the future and avoid the pitfalls of the past.
How Can I Cope with Change During Recovery?
Coping with change, while important to recovery, is often easier said than done. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Archives, avoiding triggers is part of recovering safely. But change can often trigger stress, which can in turn cause cravings. However, there are ways you can learn to better cope with change and also strengthen your recovery at the same time.
- One of the biggest changes necessary for recovery is to avoid the things, people, and places that may cause you to relapse. This can be difficult, especially if you have strong attachments to these things. In this instance, try to remember that your recovery is your main focus for now, and it is extremely important that you put your effort into this as much as possible.
- Also remember there may be a time, later in your recovery, when you can reconnect with these things and people. If someone does not understand your need to remove yourself from these triggers now, they are not respecting your recovery.
- Having self-esteem makes change easier to deal with. When you know in your heart that you are resilient and happy, it will be easier to take change in stride. In addition, according to a study in Addiction & Health, building up self-esteem is part of creating a strong recovery, as individuals with low self-esteem are often the ones who turn to drugs and alcohol. Such confidence often follows from a strong support network of family and friends, but can also come internally.
- Realizing change is inevitable, and truly understanding this fact, is another way to cope with change. If you begin to understand that nothing will stay the same forever, you will be more open to change and even to molding the changes in your life in ways that will best benefit you. This will help immensely in your struggle to cope with change.
- Remember that things weren’t perfect in the past; things are never perfect. We tend to glamorize our memories of past experiences and ignore the problems in order to make things seem like they were better before than they are now. Having a clearer mind and a fairer memory about the past will help you in coping with the changes of the future.
It isn’t easy to cope with change, especially for those who are fragile and working through addiction rehab. However, there are many people who want to help you during your time free from the substances you once abused. After all, once you’ve chosen to put an end to your drug use, you have already taken one of the most positive steps toward change.
Begin Your Journey With Treasure Coast Recovery
Call 855-223-6171 today to learn more about Treasure Coast Recovery Centers and to find the addiction help program that will best suit your needs. We are available night and day to take your call and to help you or your loved one make a change for the better.