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Early Addiction Recovery: Tips To Help You Through It

By Bill Urell

There is probably nothing more dismal to an addict in addiction recovery then the fact that they are going through a process which seems like it takes forever. If you have just gotten out of an addiction center or alcohol and drug rehab center, chances are that you experienced one-on-one counseling, group therapy, as well as a variety of other experiences.

After leaving rehab it is important to continue counseling to stay clean. Your new therapists and counselors will be the main ones to keep you right on track in your recovery efforts. Throughout your addiction and recovery process, educational and therapeutic experiences should continue. What follows are some suggestions to assure you continue your drug or alcohol recovery.

Don’t forget that it will take time! Once your are released from the addiction treatment program, you may feel very frustrated by the fact that cravings for alcohol or drugs are still nagging at your thoughts. No matter how dismal or depressing that thought seems, you must remember that recovery is a process that takes time. There is nothing you can do to speed up the recovery process.

Take One Day at a Time! – If you are becoming so frustrated that you’re feeling like you just want to use again, stop and think before you take action. Take a step back and think about how your recovery happens one day at a time. In order to keep their heads above water, many people have to force themselves to take small time blocks and get through each moment, to be successful.

Act differently. A primary focus of recovery is to change old patterns and behaviors that were dysfunctional. It is necessary to learn new coping and life skills. Finding something different, productive and meaningful to do instead of staying stuck in the same old same old.

For any person suffering from an addiction, and in a recovery, it is important to have support from those that love and care about you. Getting your family involved and letting them know about your problems and addictions is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Many addicts don’t tell their families when they are struggling, but family should know. They will help you get back on your feet and stay there and provide a lot of emotional support when you need it the most!

Never stop trying! This cliche has been used many times in the past, but has been proven to work time and again. Recovering addicts can never lose hope. Long term success dictates firm commitment and resolution. Remove giving up as an option.

In order to successfully overcome addiction, it is recommended that you follow the steps which are outlined in your continuing care program. By following all of these steps and surrounding yourself with positive influences, you will be in a position to get help in the future when you absolutely need it!

Learn more about addiction. Stop by Bill Urell’s site where you can find out all about overcoming addiction and what it can do for you.

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