You might think to heal from addiction all you need to do is get sober. You might believe that your life will return to normal when you stop using drugs and alcohol. Although this is partly true, recovery also includes becoming a better person. And that might mean going to back to work, making amends with your family and friends, returning to school and getting a degree, securing permanent housing, and/or spending time with others who are living healthy, sober lives.
Yes, sobriety is a big part of recovery from addiction. When you’re sober, you are more clear-minded. You can make healthier choices. You’re not focused on denial and trying to keep your addiction hidden from yourself or others. You have the energy to focus on family, work, or school.
But truthfully, recovery from addiction means a change in lifestyle. When you’re in recovery, you can cope with life’s problems without resorting substance use. You have tools to manage your emotions and stress. You might feel grateful for your life, family, and friends. You are surrounded by others who are working towards their goals and making healthy choices. You may not think about recovery in this way at first, but essentially it means creating an entirely new life. It means creating an entirely new you.
Create a plan for where you’re going. When you know where you are going, then you know what choices to make to get you there. This might also mean having a vision for your life in the future that includes health, well being, and sobriety. Having a vision can inspire hope, which in turn can prevent feeling depressed, lost, beaten down, and confused. Transcend Recovery Community encourages their residents to create a plan. In fact, Transcend not only wants clients to have a vision for their life, but we will also hold you accountable for the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Gather support around you. Setting up a support network is crucial in recovery from addiction. When a person feels supported by others, they are more likely to feel hopeful, confident, and strong in their sobriety. A support network can include friends, family, professionals, and others who are working on their recovery. Transcend schedules plenty of fun activities with friends and family. You can participate in them on a weekly and monthly basis. Plus, when you reside at one of Transcend’s Sober Living homes, you’re always surrounded by professional staff and you have access to a clinical team.
Take good care of yourself. If you are recovering from an addiction then your body may need some healing. Alcohol can significantly damage the liver as well as other major organs. Similarly, other drugs, such as methamphetamines, cocaine, and benzodiazepines can also have a severe effect on the health of the body and the brain. If you’re committed to creating a new life, you can start by making sure you are making healthy choices for your body. Transcend supports you in this by giving you a full gym membership which gives you the opportunity to exercise regularly and tone your body. Transcend also provides you with healthy food choices and encourages you to get a good night’s sleep. Eating well, sleeping well, and exercising can facilitate having a clear mind which in turn can help with making the right choices for yourself.
Creating a new lifestyle can seem daunting when you’re at the beginning of the journey. But Transcend can make it easier for you with the tools and opportunities we provide to all of our residents. If you take one step at a time and give yourself great support, then a lifestyle change can easier than you think.
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