Starting Over After Addiction (Nov2022) Creating Structure
Recovery can lead to changes, such as finding ways to pass the time or changing one’s mindset and social circle. These changes are essential as they will allow you to live a healthier lifestyle and to replace unhealthy habits and behaviours that lead to dependency.
Boredom, and the Dangers to Recovery
When you are recovering from addiction, it is important to keep yourself busy. Boredom can lead to depression, anxiety, and behavioural changes. These changes can lead to brain chemistry problems and an increase in your desire for alcohol and other drugs.
People who are bored may view their rehabilitation from addiction as a sentence in prison. Some people may romanticize drinking and drug use, calling their addiction “the good times” and increasing their chances for relapse.
Don’t get bored. Instead, focus on the positive changes you are making now that your addiction is over. This is your chance to make a fresh start and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Recovery from Addiction: Creating Structure
Addiction recovery is a process that requires structure. Most rehab centres have a structured day for patients. It is important to establish a routine for your daily life, and maintain it throughout rehab.
You can fulfill your responsibilities by using your time well and encouraging accountability. This will help you avoid relapsing or placing yourself in dangerous situations.
After you have established a routine, there are some things you can do to help you restart. These may include:
- Get rid of old routines and habits.
To overcome addiction, it is important to get rid of any old unhealthy habits and routines. When you stop using drugs and alcohol, it’s much easier to fall back in old bad habits and routines. This can lead you to the same people and places that led to your addiction.
Avoid being around people who have sourced or used drugs or alcohol. It will be hard to stay sober and clean if you have friends who are drug dealers or other alcoholics.
- Create healthy relationships.
You may have realized that some of your past relationships were toxic and unhealthy. You need to get rid of toxic people from your life. Now that you are in recovery, try to build new, meaningful, and healthy relationships with other people.
- Practice self-care and be healthy.
Long-term side effects can be severe with alcohol and drugs. It may take several months or even years for your body to recover. Your body can be helped to heal faster by taking good care of it. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are key to your recovery.
Self-care is important for your overall health, well-being and mental wellbeing. This can be done by prioritising or meditating on the things that you enjoy, such as painting or playing an instrument.