So, you’re just a sort time into your sobriety, its going well however you knew this was going to happen eventually. The dreaded social event. The Wedding, Christening or 80th Birthday party you can’t miss.
The panic of socialising with people when you don’t drink any more can be paralysing. It can even cause some to avoid interactions with people completely. Unfortunately, such avoidance can affect your relationships with good friends and family who value your time and company.
“Tip the Scales” - Learning Balance in Recovery
“Me. I’m all or nothing, no middle ground here.”
Learning to find balance can be particularly challenging in recovery
(trust me I am still practicing almost 8 years later)
You see, leading a balanced life means avoiding extreme highs or lows. It forces you to pay attention to those compulsive tendencies that many of those who experience dependence own.
In recovery we then have a tendency to focus on or obsess too much on one activity, such as exercise or work. When these scale tip too far in one direction, it can trigger the urge to turn back to old behaviours to cope.
Because you’re worth it!
So, you have gone and got yourself sober - Brilliant Achievement by the way!
Maybe you spent time in a detox or rehabilitation center, maybe you had 1-1 therapy or maybe you just bit the bullet and went it alone.
Whatever path you chose to get there, YOU put the work in, YOU got yourself there. So, you should be feeling great, right?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people in recovery however to struggle with low self-esteem, robbing them of the joy sobriety brings. Instead of joy, familiar feelings of unhappiness, unworthiness, and generally feeling unsatisfied rear their ugly heads and make staying sober in the long run a challenge.
So, you’ve finally made it through treatment, or even gone it alone but now your Clean, Sober and feeling great about life and recovery.
I remember that feeling, its exciting, liberating and FRESH. I felt truly alive for the first time in years.
However, despite these awesome feelings, relapse rates are highest in the first year following treatment. I played the relapse roulette for 2 years before I gained consistent sobriety.
When you think of Self-Care you tend to think of; Exercise, Relaxation, Meditation or spa days.
One equally important aspect we don’t consider is - thinking about the people you choose to keep in your life.
Whether you realise it or not, the company you surround yourself with can impact you in significant ways. They can influence the decisions that you make, the places you go and the positive/negative things you are exposed to.
When it comes to my own approach to recovery conversations, I find it easier for people to relate to and accept treatment when I talk about their unhealthy relationship with alcohol or drugs, rather than focusing on the “addiction” or “addict” terminology.
It's ALL about the Genes:
How people & environment influence alcohol abuse.
No one actively decides to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. I most certainly didn’t think that;
“ You know what? Wouldn’t it be great if I needed a drink as soon a I woke up just to function normally and not shake”.
There are situations that an individual may face throughout their life that have a massive impact on whether they choose to drink. A person’s family life, education, friends, family, and work can all have an influence on their drinking habits.
A 2014 study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine examined the effect of yoga alongside rehab in treating alcohol dependence. The results showed that the greatest reduction in drinking occurred among the group that incorporated yoga into treatment.
A study published in the journal Nursing Research indicated that yoga can significantly improve the mood and quality of life in female heroin users undergoing drug detoxification. Researchers concluded that the activity can be used alongside traditional care to treat heroin dependence.
The ultimate goal of addiction recovery is whole-body wellness. Your mental, emotional, and physical wellness all affect one another. CrossFit was designed to promote overall wellness and fitness.
Workouts are designed to be different each time, build a wide variety of core abilities, and get the most results out of short, intense training sessions.
Shorter workouts mean it’s easier to find the time to exercise, and you get a lot accomplished in a small window of time. Increasing your all round fitness gives the body the ability to handle a wide variety of physical challenges.
Many people will boast the proven benefits of spending time outside for good reason.
Though we might not know the exact reasons why, there seems to be a clear correlation between spending time in nature with improved physical and mental health.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself in recovery. Exercise strengthens willpower, improves your mood and makes you healthier.
There are a number of reasons swimming is especially good exercise for people in recovery.
Breaking an addiction can be incredibly difficult, especially without the right kind of therapies and techniques.
That being said, not all forms of therapies and techniques work for everyone. One alternative form of addiction recovery therapy can take the form of martial arts.