Now that you’ve done one of the more difficult things in your life and asked for help in fighting addiction, it’s time to get your life back on track. In recovery, you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper and greater understanding of what it is to be human. While you’re taking steps to rebuild your life, here are 5 ways you can get your life back on track.
1. Repair Relationships
Addiction can be a destructive force in your personal relationships. Although these relationships can be rebuilt, it will likely take some time and patience. You will have to start slowly and show sincerity and transformation. Some will need the help of a professional therapist and others can be mended with a program like the 12 Steps or something similar. You may even want to consider therapy for yourself to help you work through the stresses of trying to rebuild relationships. Restoring trust can be a lengthy process.
2. Fix Your Finances
Managing your finances can be difficult when you are not an addict, but addicts, in particular, may find their finances in total disrepair or need help with the management of their money. Many people make special arrangements with their bank requiring that withdrawals can only be made in person. Others prefer to not have a debit or ATM card, while others turn their money over to a trusted and responsible friend or family member to make sure that things stay in order. Some recovering addicts have a continuing care counselor who can provide suggestions and methods on how to manage and repair finances.
3. Find Gainful Employment
Once you’re ready to find a job, don’t let gaps in work history or other factors scare you out of making the effort. Finding employment is essential to filling your time and making you feel more productive. Be aware of your rights. Federal laws prevent employers from discriminating against recovering addicts. In some instances, recovering addicts can be classified as disabled. Prospective employers by law are not permitted to ask if you’re an addict or if you’re in a recovery program. Identify organizations or find a rehab facility that can help you in your job search and consider taking a refresher course in your former field of work.
4. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself can help you keep moving forward. Other than remaining sober, goals can include learning a new skill, reading certain books, doing volunteer work and much more. Having little goals to work toward can keep you focused on constructive things and your personal growth. Remember, no goal is too small, just make sure they’re measurable and attainable.
5. Take Care of Your Health
Staying healthy and developing healthy lifestyle habits may make your recovery go a little smoother. Regular exercise is a key component in recovery. It makes your body less susceptible to illness, it makes you stronger and more clear-minded. Exercise is a great stress reliever and energy booster. Changing your diet may also help to reduce some of the unhealthy cravings that can send you on a downward spiral.
Recovery can be a long road, but the journey is worth it. When you emerge on the other side with a greater understanding of yourself and a desire to be your best self, you can feel proud. Once rehab is over, you have to make positive choices that will put you in the position to continue making positive choices.
About The Author:
Stacey Smith is a freelance health writer. She is passionate to write about women’s health, dental health, diabetes, endocrinology and nutrition and provide in-depth features on the latest in health news for medical clinics and health magazines.