Addiction Self-Care & Recovery
Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and making choices that are the best for you. You are creating a sober healthy lifestyle for yourself because you know how important that lifestyle is for you. Making the choice to get sober and completing your treatment were great accomplishments and to make sure you maintain your sobriety you need a level of self-care and self-love, you may not be used to. Recovery Ways offers you the tools to discover how to do these things for yourself and take a stand for your sobriety against all life’s obstacles.
After completing your treatment at Recovery Ways you will understand your addiction, yourself, and your family more. You will feel more in control of your addiction and have an arsenal of tools to combat any temptation, triggers, or cravings. The best thing you can do for yourself is to make a plan, which our therapists can help you come up with. This works as a roadmap for your sober future. Things you want to do, goals you want to accomplish, and milestones. Your sobriety allows you the chance to achieve all your dreams that your addiction held you back from. Recovery Ways offers a great support system for all of our patients but it is important for you to know that you can be happy and sober and you have a responsibility to yourself to be happy and sober.
While Recovery Ways offers a great support system especially with our aftercare and alumni programs, you will also want to find your own outside support. The family is another big support system for you but you can make new friends that also support your sobriety. You can find this support through 12-step meetings, support groups, sober activities, and many other places. The thing to remember is your responsibility to your sobriety and happiness. If new friends or those in your support group do not respect your sobriety or try to tempt you or put you in uncomfortable situations, you have the right to end that relationship for the benefit of your sobriety and happiness. Make sure to remove as many triggers and temptations from your environment as possible. and Remember to talk to your therapists and support group about any feelings you may be having about yourself, your addiction, your recovery, or them.
While at Recovery Ways you will be introduced to exercise and recreational therapy and our alumni program has sober activities that you can be a part of after you finish treatment. You are responsible for your health and helping your body recover from the addiction. Exercising also relieves stress and releases “feel good” endorphins. These recreational activities can be fun and become a new hobby for you to do instead of using again. While recovering your diet is important to remember because your body is still healing and replacing one bad habit with another such as eating badly can become a vicious cycle. Instead, eating for physical and emotional benefits can help you stay healthy in all aspects. Make sure to get enough sleep. Introducing and keeping a regular sleep cycle can make you feel more stable, relaxed, and happy. Sleep gives your brain and body a break that it needs to help keep you healthy.
Emotional & Spiritual Self-Care
While your addiction may have been very self-centered and the focus of all your attention at one time in your life, Recovery Ways will help you see that taking care of yourself is not a self-centered thing. Taking the time relax is needed for everyone, addicts and nonaddicts alike, life is stressful and stress is not always easy to deal with. Take the time to relax and wind down, go for a walk, meditate, do yoga, or read. It is ok to take time for just you. While it seems obvious, love yourself. Take the time to recognize your accomplishments, practice understanding, give yourself daily compliments, promote a healthier and happier you. Make sure to find balance in your life and don’t take things so seriously. Make sure you are devoting time to work, fun, recovery, and yourself.
Stay Apart of the Program
As a recovering addict, you should use the tools and resources available to you. Using things you learned in recreational therapy, occupational therapy, individual and group therapy, and the sensory integration therapy can all still help you once you’ve started your new sober life. Continuing therapy, support groups, and 12-step meetings will also help you maintain your sobriety and Recovery Ways can help you find those in your community.
Looking for a 12 Step Meeting?
Recovery Ways Alumni sponsors a weekly 12-step meeting. If you’re looking for a 12-step meeting full of familiar faces, we’ve saved you a seat. We meet on Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30 at the address below.
Holladay United Church of Christ 2631 East Murray Holladay Road Holladay, UT 84117
If you would like to find a meeting close to you these websites can help you find one in your area.
The mission of the Recovery Ways Alumni Program is to provide support for long-term recovery to individuals and families suffering from the devastating disease of addiction. We actively bridge the gap between treatment and returning to the responsibilities of daily life by building fellowship and pride amongst Recovery Ways alumni. We have annual alumni retreats, activities, services, games, and more! Being a part of our alumni program allows you the chance to make and keep connections with people who have been where you have been and can help you continue your addiction recovery. We offer many activities that make it easy for you to find fun new things to do with other sober people.