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How to Set Realistic Expectations For Addiction Recovery

Taking the first step toward recovery is something to be very proud of. However, the process towards recovery from an addiction is not always linear. While it can be rewarding, you need to be committed to it and be willing to stick with the recovery program, even on difficult days.

When you enter into an addiction recovery program, it is essential to set realistic expectations for your recovery. Doing so helps keep you on track and avoid the risk of disappointment or relapse.

Change Your Mindset

Your mindset plays a significant part in your recovery process. You need to be intentional with your goals and expectations. Think them through and try to understand what their purpose is. Some days are going to be easy, and others will not. Try not to take up multiple goals at a time; Instead, work on one goal at a time.

Consult with your therapist or sponsor when you are setting goals. Ask them to help you map them out depending on the order of priority.

Stand Your Ground

When setting your expectations for your addiction recovery, you need to learn to stand your ground. Learn when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”

Prioritize your time and learn to differentiate the things that matter from those that do not. Before you agree to something, think about how it will affect your recovery process. Is it going to be beneficial, or will it jeopardize your progress? Say no to any activity that may be draining or could possibly negatively impact you.

It would also be best to avoid filling your calendar up with too many activities, places to go, and people to see. You need to have sufficient time to focus on your recovery and have a clear direction of what path you are taking.

Be Aware of Your Limits

It is essential to know your limits when setting expectations for your recovery. When it comes to recovery, the quality of the work you put in is more vital than the quantity. As mentioned earlier, do not try to achieve multiple goals at once and also learn to say no. Working on multiple goals at once may be exciting at first, but you will burn out faster. Filling your calendar with activities distracts from focusing on your addiction recovery, which jeopardizes the whole process.

Therefore, it is essential to be aware of your limits. Set realistic goals and dedicate your time and effort to your recovery.

Avoid Distractions

It is often easy to get distracted when you are on your recovery path. You will have days where you may not feel motivated to stay on track. It would be best to call your therapist or sponsor on such days to offer you inspiration and encouragement so you can stay on track.

You may be tempted to resort to using again, but stay motivated. Go out for a walk or a run, partake in an activity you find relaxing or uplifting. Remember that your goal is a healthier life, and think about how much progress you have made in your recovery. Ensure that you also avoid any settings or scenarios that could distract you from the recovery process.

Remember that sobriety is a gradual process when setting your goals. You should also ensure that you are in an environment that supports your recovery and you associate with people who add value to your recovery.

If you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and are ready to start your journey toward recovery and wellness, we’re here to help. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we believe that our clients should have a say in how they recover from alcohol and drug addiction to meet their specific needs and goals.

To learn more about our treatment programs, fill out an online contact form or call us at (513) 780-5201 today.

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