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Monday, April 30, 2018

Your Recovery Support Network is Vital

Those who complete a residential or intensive outpatient program are taught valuable lessons and learn how to use tools for navigating through life in recovery. Steering clear of drugs and alcohol is no easy feat to accomplish; those set on long-term progress must be ever-vigilant, and recovery has to come first. Always! Triggers are everywhere, after all; how you react to them is of critical importance. In early recovery, picking up the phone and calling for assistance versus acting on a craving is extremely difficult. With that in mind, it is crucial that you take steps to avoid any and all things that can precipitate a relapse.

One of the surest ways to distance yourself from risky situations is to stick close to your support network on a daily basis, particularly in your first year of recovery. Those who are apt to succeed at achieving lasting recovery are people who communicate each day with at least one person who is also working a program; such people could be your sponsor, recovery coach, or one of your peers who is walking the Path with determination, too. Communication is a pillar of progress; when you talk about what is going on mentally and emotionally with another person it is less likely that you will act on an impulse to use. What’s more, through discussing your issues you are better able to find a resolution.

It is worth reminding yourself on a daily basis that success rests on altering, adjusting, or correcting anything in your life that is not conducive to recovery. After treatment, many people find that they still have desires that are not in accord with their goal, i.e., making contact with old friends or visiting places that one associates with past alcohol and substance use. Such urges are people’s addiction trying to return to the spotlight, the disease vying for your attention. Please resist the temptation to make any form of contact with the people with whom you used drugs and alcohol; today, you are charting a different course than those individuals, interaction with such people with only bring trouble.


Acting In Accord With Recovery


In early recovery it is only natural to have many questions; remember, after living in active addiction for “X” years it stands to reason that most of what you are doing today is foreign. You learned many valuable teachings in treatment, but some of the most salient lessons have yet to occur. When the protective guard rails of rehab are no longer beside you, then you must depend on others in recovery to keep from veering off course.

If you find yourself unsure if a given behavior or action will jeopardize your program, just ask someone with more time than you—they too have been in your shoes. There is no such thing as a wrong question in recovery; however, those who are unwilling to ask questions set themselves up to make the wrong decision. There are many uncertainties in early addiction recovery and a plethora of obstacles that can stand in your way; reaching out to others and heeding their suggestions will help you stay grounded and on track.

Are you getting to enough meetings? Have you spent time with or made a phone call to someone in recovery lately? If not, please take steps to engage with your peers and be a part of recovery. You get as much out of a program as you invest; there is not a cure for the disease of addiction, continued maintenance is a non-negotiable requirement for progress.


Addiction Treatment

The Haven at Pismo can help anyone struggling with alcohol or substance use disorder. We provide a continuum of care, including medical detox, gender-specific residential programs, and outpatient programs. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs. 805-202-3440.