Be Your Best Self In Recovery
Early recovery is a volatile time for someone who has struggled with substance abuse, and it is important to be aware of the best ways to care for oneself during this crucial step in the process of recovery. Below are some of the best self-care tips for those who are still in alcohol withdrawal or drug detox as well as the very early stages of rehab.
Remember: You Are Recovering from a Disease
This is a crucial part of self-care during the first few months of recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many people do not understand addiction or what causes certain people to suffer from it while others do not. Not only is it important to be aware of the truth behind this disease, but it is also necessary to remind yourself that addiction is, in fact, a disease—and a chronic one at that. This means you will not be able to overcome it overnight, or even in only few months. Reminding yourself of this fact will allow you to take your recovery as it comes and to avoid feeling like you should be “cured” quickly.
Get Plenty of Rest
Taking breaks to rest and making sure you get plenty of sleep is absolutely paramount to early recovery. You are likely to feel tired or fatigued, especially if you are still going through withdrawal, and it is important not to push yourself through these feelings as it could cause undue stress. While it is necessary to avoid shutting down altogether, proper rest and relaxation will help you stay calm and collected during early recovery.
Write It All Down
Another great self-care approach for early recovery is to keep a journal of your experiences. You will likely be feeling and thinking many things throughout this process, and it is important to purge these thoughts in order to figure out which of them is sensible and beneficial. Journaling also helps immensely with dual diagnosis. In addition, if you put your early experiences in writing, you can look back later in your recovery and see how much progress you have made.
Drink Lots of Water
It may seem like a small tip—and one your doctor has been trying to get you to do your whole life—but staying hydrated is especially necessary early on in recovery. Drugs like opioids can cause certain withdrawal symptoms, including as diarrhea and vomiting, that can cause dehydration, so make sure to avoid this issue altogether by drinking water regularly.
Reach Out to Others
Whether it be a friend, a counselor, or someone else you feel safe around, make sure to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Talking about your recovery will remind you that you are not alone and that there are people who want to see you succeed just as much as you do.
Learn About HALT, and How To Cope With It
The old saying in early recovery is to avoid feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (HALT) because all of these feelings could potentially trigger a relapse. In addition, they just make early recovery harder. In order to protect yourself, talk to someone close to you or take action to put an end to these feelings when you notice them.
Seek Professional Treatment
Those in early recovery need addiction help and should not avoid seeking treatment for any reason. There are many types of treatment programs and facilities where you can get help and avoid the pitfalls associated with early recovery. This is the greatest form of self-care.
Call Today to Learn More About Treasure Coast Recovery Centers
Our care providers are available 24/7 to take your call and help you find the recovery program that best suits your needs. Call 855-223-6171 today.