Recovery is meant to be a time of change, growth, and transformation. While challenging, recovery is entirely possible as you develop lifelong tools in a reputable treatment program towards healthier coping mechanisms for life’s challenges. In recovery, you will identify triggers, which may consist of people, places, objects, thoughts, emotions and more that hinder your progress and tempt you to relapse. If you’ve recently began your treatment program, you may be wondering what you can do to decrease your chances of this – after all, relapse is a common fear among many. While relapse is a normal part of recovery, there are a few key factors that can promote your abstinence in recovery and reduce your risk of relapse.
Whether you recognize this or not, our social life plays a key role in our health and well-being. Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are who you hang out with”? When addiction had control over you, you likely engaged in addictive behaviors with other people who were doing the same thing. This normalized the process of getting “high”, stealing, lying, using, and more. To change your life, you must change the people you spend your time with. Consider the type of friends that would uplift your recovery and add more value and meaning to your life. What characteristics would they have? What activities would they likely engage in? What values would they uphold? This can give you a clever idea of who you’d like to bring into your social network.
A 2015 study published in the journal Substance Abuse sought to explore the factors that really made a difference for individuals in recovery. Thirty-one participants completed questionnaires related to abstinence from substance abuse, abstinence self-efficacy (the perceived confidence of being able to remain abstinent in recovery), and involvement in structured programs. The results from the study showed that general social support, self-efficacy, and community involvement were all positive predictors of abstinence in recovery. What does this mean for you?
Focus on building your self-esteem and self-confidence as you navigate your journey to recovery. The more you believe in yourself and have faith that things will work out, they will. Add people to your life who add to your recovery, not detract from it. Likewise, distance and avoid people who used to promote your drug use and other negative behaviors. Recovery is possible.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.