When you were active in your addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, you were powerless over how to take care of yourself properly and most likely treated yourself with disrespect or a lack of compassion. Even in recovery, you may latch on to other people, places, and things while longing for these resources to provide the comfort the substances once provided you. Taking care of yourself in recovery and discovering how to stop controlling people will prove to benefit you as you migrate along your path living happy, joyous, and free.
Learning How to Take Care of Yourself
These ideas seem simple, but basic tips for the process of recovery get overlooked. Going back to the basics can save you during your recovery to help pull you out of feelings of self-doubt and pity that may seem unbearable in the moment.
Understand your mind plays tricks on you
It’s critical for you as an alcoholic and/or addict to notice how you can’t trust your own thinking. You cannot afford to stay stuck in your own head and you should always run your “great ideas” by a trusted sponsor, sober supports, and/or professionals. Alcoholism and addiction are diseases that are cunning, baffling, and powerful. It’s necessary for you as an alcoholic and/or addict to be reminded on a regular basis that you suffer from a disease and can get clouded in misjudgment.
Certain obligations should be maintained
It should not go unnoticed that the recovery process is a daily reprieve. Your sobriety is only contingent on the work you do for yourself in that day. You must keep up with your recovery on a regular basis if you want to stay clean and sober as well as feeling mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually well-balanced.
Meditation and prayer is key to sanity
Getting in touch with your spirituality is important because it can provide you the peace you need in order to stay in tune with your sobriety. In order to stay level-headed and at ease to veer from mental obsession, you’ll need to find that conscious contact with your spirituality. If you are struggling throughout the day, then an example like simply calming yourself down through counting backwards can work wonders.
Spot-check yourself throughout day
Checking in on yourself and seeing where you are mentally and emotionally at during the day can help you because it allows you to check in with yourself. You may begin to notice when you are frustrated, sad, or uncomfortable. It can prevent you from overreacting and signify if you need to apologize to someone immediately.
Reach out to others
You cannot and do not have to do this process alone. Recovering from an addiction to alcohol and drugs is extremely difficult and though it may become less of a struggle over time, there are still bound to be moments of deep sorrow. You may grow to be extremely perplexed and be thrown with challenges. Your recovery program offers you people who are dealing with the same feelings and disease as you, so use the resources provided and reach out to others in recovery. It makes all the difference when you can communicate with people who understand where you have been and what you are feeling.
Taking care of yourself may look like a hefty order, but it’s necessary. You’re worth putting in the effort to treat yourself well. When learning how to take care of yourself, you’ll naturally learn to stop controlling others and find peace.
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