Early recovery starts after you have created a good support system, have truly given up your addiction, and have started to invest your time and energy into a recovery approach of your choice. Now you are on your way!
Once you start early recovery and set yourself up for success with a quality foundation to deal with urgent issues, it’s time to continue building. As you lower your defenses and open up your head and heart, you’ll make the mental-emotional shifts that will expand Your Recovering Future. Your life should start to feel easier, more stable, and more hopeful. When you walk your talk, your results will deepen your belief that you can do this.
Recovery is a major life transition. You’ll need to adjust your negative beliefs, attitudes, perspectives, and assumptions about yourself, recovery, and the world. As a result, your life and your future will change. Transitions are stimulating, yet they can be more positive than negative, depending on how you relate to them. By now, you have had many experiences that show you that you can do what it takes to recover! Breathe, Deeply and Slowly!! Relax and Focus on what you can do to get what you need and want!
Recovery is unpredictable, unsettling, challenging, and exciting. It’s yours for the asking, to be created as you choose. Many questions will arise during recovery; don’t be afraid to ask them. These may include:
- What will life be like without using?
- What will I have to give up?
- How will I deal with everything?
- Can I really do it?
- Am I strong enough?
As in life, recovery can be represented as a glass that is both half empty and half full, meaning there are negative and positive aspects. If you choose to dwell on the half empty glass, you’ll be more aware of the negative. If you focus on the half full glass, you’ll be more aware of the positive. What you think about most frequently and intensely is what you bring into your life, so focus on the positive while recognizing the trials ahead.
Expect that you will be challenged
You might become stuck at some point along your journey. If things become difficult and stay that way for months, it is an indication that something needs to change. You’ll want to actively explore the possible reasons for the difficulty you’re having and deal with them. This doesn’t mean that you will get immediate insight and relief. It means that action is your best response for desired results. You may face a problem that you can’t do anything about right now. In this case, you will need to grow past it or live with it.
As you embrace your recovery and grow, you’ll find your life improving in many ways. Your momentum will increase, and you’ll have more opportunities to improve who you are and how you live your life. This can feel scary and stressful, or exciting and desirable. It all depends on you and your approach. Eventually, you will be able to do the things you once only dreamed of, or never dreamed of!