When you’re in the middle of trying to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can feel like it’s going to be almost impossible to do it.
But consider this: About 10 percent of the entire U.S. population has successfully overcome an addiction of some kind in the past. This proves that it’s 100 percent possible for you to make a recovery from addiction if you’re willing to work hard enough at it.
It’s obviously not going to be easy. If it was, there wouldn’t be more than 130 people dying as a result of opioid overdoses every single day and countless others struggling to stay sober.
But you can overcome your addiction once and for all if you maintain the motivation you need to get it done. Here are 8 motivational tips that will help you stay on track and succeed.
1. Reach Out to Others in Recovery
Trying to make a recovery from addiction on your own can be a tall task. Many people fail simply because they don’t have a good support system around them.
Your support system should include your family members, your closest friends, and anyone else who has your best interests at heart. It should also include some people from the recovery community.
Actively search for those in your community who are going through the same thing you are. Lean on them for support and return the favor when they need guidance from you. Together, you can make a recovery from addiction more possible.
2. Create a List of Goals
What do you want to do with your life once you’re finally able to put your addiction in the past?
For some people, the thought of what’s next is terrifying. It can sometimes send them right back in the wrong direction.
But rather than allowing the future to scare you, let it excite you! Create a list of goals that you want to accomplish now that you don’t have an addiction hanging over your head.
They don’t all have to be long-term goals, either. You can make some goals that you can strive towards in the coming weeks to keep yourself motivated during your recovery from addiction.
3. Document Your Journey
Nothing will motivate you to make a recovery from addiction quite like seeing all the progress that you’re making in your life without drugs or alcohol.
You can see the changes all around you by documenting your journey in the form of either a journal or a video diary. When you write down your thoughts every day or put together a short video clip and talk about how you’re feeling, you’ll be able to reference back to your journey as you move forward.
Slowly, you’ll start to see yourself changing on the pages of your journal or in the videos you create. You’ll be amazed by how much you’ll change in a relatively short amount of time.
4. Structure Your Days
One of the many things that sends addicts back to their addiction is boredom. When people don’t have anything to fill up their days, they end up sitting around and fantasizing about using drugs or drinking again, and before long, temptation gets the better of them.
Boredom is the reason why you should make a strong effort to structure your days. You won’t be able to get bored when your days are jampacked with meetings, activities, jobs, and more. You’ll be too busy to think about giving it to temptation.
5. Find New Hobbies
Outside of structuring your days, one of the other ways you can beat boredom and, by extension, addiction is by finding some new hobbies to take part in.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to read more. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try playing a particular sport. Or maybe you can’t get enough of something like knitting or sewing.
Whatever the case may be, now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby (or two!). Your hobbies will keep your mind and body occupied and help you steer clear of your bad habits.
6. Stay Away From Old “Friends”
Whether you used to drink a lot or use drugs all the time, you likely had a bunch of people that you liked to do it with. You may have even considered some of these people your best friends at one time.
If those friends have, like you, made an attempt to get clean, hanging out with them in the right environment might not be the worst thing in the world. But more often than not, you should stay far away from anyone who might try to get you to go back to your old ways.
Tell your old “friends” thanks but no thanks if they contact you and let them know that you don’t want to be around them when they’re drinking or using drugs. Here is more info on the life you would be returning to if you started hanging around these “friends” again.
7. Practice Healthy Habits
If the only thing that you do is stop using drugs or drinking alcohol, you will automatically start to become healthier than you were before. But there are other steps you can take to make yourself a healthier person all around.
You can get healthy by:
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Getting enough sleep at night
- Exercising at least a few times every week
- Making regular trips to the doctor
- Practicing meditation
It’ll be easier to go through recovery from addiction when your mind and body are as healthy as they can be.
8. Ask For Help If You Need It
No matter how motivated you might be to beat your addiction, there will be times when you struggle and need help. Ask for it!
Call one of your parents and tell them you’re having a hard time. Let a friend know you need to talk. Or speak with a professional if you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know.
But whatever you do, don’t put off asking for help until it’s too late. There is help all around you if you just ask for it.
Recovery From Addiction Can Be Done
You are not your addiction. You can part ways with it and go on living a much more fulfilling life once you’re able to go through recovery from addiction.
Use the tips found here to increase your chances of having success. They should keep you in the clear and allow you to see the light sooner than later.
Do you know someone who is having a hard time with addiction? Check out our blog to see how you can convince them to go to rehab.