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6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

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Getting sober is hard work, and plateaus are natural at some point along the road of recovery. Some people hit walls after a few months of sobriety for the following reasons:

  • They burn out on 12-step meetings
  • The excitement of sobriety wears off
  • Old feelings and resentments return
  • Everyday stress encourages them revert to former coping skills
  • Emotions that were suppressed by drug and alcohol surface and overwhelm people
  • Nostalgia for old friends and rituals makes people question whether staying sober is worth it
  • Sobriety feels disappointing

People who expect satisfaction with recovery to endure sometimes feel cheated when normal life resumes. One way to safeguard against the letdown of recovery is to view sobriety as a lifestyle, not an event. It is also helpful to understand the following stages of recovery:

  • Transition – Accepting the reality that alcohol and other drugs are off limits permanently
  • Stabilization – Physical withdrawal and other medical problems are addressed, and the addict begins to separate from people, places and things that promote substance abuse
  • Early recovery – Users realize they must establish a chemical-free lifestyle and relationships that support long-term recovery
  • Middle recovery – Past damage is repaired and a balanced lifestyle forms
  • Late recovery – People identify and change mistaken beliefs about themselves, others and the world that promoted irrational thinking
  • Maintenance – Continued growth, development and management of problems is cultivated

In treatment, recovery experts help people understand this process, and they also stress the importance of staying motivated. The following tips boost one’s resolve for sobriety:

  • Avoid places that trigger thoughts about drug use
  • Mentally detach from urges by observing how cravings intensify and then diminish
  • Cultivate vivid memories of the nightmarish past of drug use
  • Evaluate the financial, relational and emotional price of relapse

Service work is a powerful way to stay committed to sobriety. Six service options include the following examples:

  • Answer phones at a local substance abuse helpline
  • Take a 12-step meeting at a halfway house
  • Volunteer at a treatment center
  • Give rides to recovering addicts who have lost their driving privileges
  • Offer to share your recovery story at a drug-prevention workshop
  • Sign up to help with administrative jobs required to keep your local 12-step organization running

Staying sober is easier than getting sober, so, if you feel your resolve disappearing, then reach out for help from a sober friend or coach. Isolation and apathy are two typical precursors to relapse, so seek assistance at the first sign of either to stop a plateau from turning into a major setback.

Find Motivation for Addiction Recovery

If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, we can help. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you and your family to wellness. Do not go it alone when assistance is just one phone call away.

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