This article is written by one of our guest bloggers, Amanda. Amanda is passionate about recovery and inspiring others to follow the path to recovery for life.
Have you ever thought or said, “I’m so scared of recovery”? If so, don’t worry you are completely normal. No matter how long you’ve been drinking or using, those substances have formed a habit in your life. When you feel depressed, you drink or use. When you feel confused about life, you drink or use. When you’ve just heard some great news, you drink or use to celebrate. Eventually, with every emotion that you’re able to feel, you now habitually reach for those substances.
One reason recovery seems so scary is because you have no clue how you will handle any situation, good or bad, without drugs or alcohol. It’s all you’ve known for so long. I’m sure you’ve heard the famous quote from Albert Einstein, “if you want different results, do not do the same things.” So, this means you will need to form new habits to replace the old because what you’ve been doing isn’t working. I know that you’re thinking this seems impossible. I promise you, it’s not impossible.
The key to creating long-lasting new habits in your life is to make small, achievable goals for yourself. Starting by setting daily goals that incorporate your mind, body, and soul is a great way to lay a solid foundation for a beautiful life.
Here are some examples:
- When I feel happy and/or sad today, I will take a walk to observe the nature around me.
- When I feel happy and/or sad today, I will read or listen to a book
- When I feel happy and/or sad today, I will do some form of exercise (run, bike, swim, etc.)
- When I feel happy and/or sad today, I will make someone else’s day a little brighter
You can insert any emotion and any action step into your own goals. When you achieve these small goals every single day, you are creating brand new habits in your life. You will begin to notice as the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, you’ve been accomplishing these things without giving much thought to them. Another thing you will notice is that you did all this without putting drugs or alcohol in your body, which will give you the momentum to keep pressing forward through everything you’re faced with.
Friend, it’s okay to feel scared about recovery. Just remember to start small because you can always build on that. If you’re willing to put in the work, you will receive all the rewards!