The 6 Habits of the Happiest People in Recovery

by AddictionCenter |

It’s no question that an addiction is one of those most difficult things a person can endure. As with many of life’s challenges, the ability to overcome an addiction heavily depends on a person’s dedication and perseverance.

No two recovery paths are the same, which means that some people encounter different challenges than others. But ultimately, the success of your recovery is up to you. With the positive attitude and healthy life changes you adopt after treatment, you’ll stand the best chances of having the happiest and most successful recovery possible.

Focus on personal strengths rather than dwell on weaknesses.

The first few months of recovery after rehab are a delicate time. You’re transitioning back into your daily routine and rebuilding the life you had in the past. It’s easy to fall victim to a negative, self-destructive way of thinking when you plague your mind with thoughts of the past.

Having some self-doubt now and then at the beginning is normal, but remember that you have the power to change this way of thinking. Allow yourself permission to celebrate the great things that make you who you are. Maybe you’re a great cook or an excellent dancer. Or you’re a hard worker who’s full of optimistic energy. By making a commitment to focus on the best parts of yourself, you can be the architect of your new, forward-thinking life.

Take pleasure in the simple joys of life.

There’s something about recovery that makes you grateful for the little things in life. Knowing that you’ve been given a second chance to achieve the life you’ve always wanted puts things into perspective for many people.

In each day, make a point of trying to notice the good around you – a compliment from a stranger, the sunshine, a delicious cup of tea or the end of a productive day. When you find yourself in these moments, try to savor them and make them last as long as you can. You might be surprised at just how impactful they can be.

Surround yourself with positive individuals.

One of the biggest lessons you’ll learn in rehab is that the positive change you want to make doesn’t happen without taking action. For many people, that means changing your habits, how you think and the people around you.

In the beginning, it’s important to avoid people who you may associate with your old, toxic habits. They can impede your recovery by tempting you to use again – even if it’s just one drink or dose for old times sake. Instead, it’s best to spend time with people who support you and allow you to put your recovery first.

Limit your exposure to things that cause you stress.

People who are happy in recovery proactively work to reduce their encounters with stress. These can include quitting an unpleasant job, moving out of a toxic home environment or choosing a new circle of friends. Whatever’s causing the most tension in your life, try to find ways to lessen it or remove it completely.

Look for ways to have fun.

Anyone in recovery will tell you that maintaining sobriety will be a lifelong, ongoing process. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life in the meantime. There’s an endless number of ways you can take advantage of all of life’s wonders – without having to resort to substance use. Take that once in a lifetime trip you’ve been dreaming of. Try a new type of cuisine. Go skydiving. Sign up for a pottery class. Whatever strikes your interest, make a point to pursue it and enjoy every step of the way.

Be grateful for every part of your recovery journey.

A substance addiction can encroach onto every aspect of a person’s life, including their health, wellbeing and ways of thinking. It’s something that doesn’t just come and go. It changes you for the rest of your life. But that doesn’t mean you have to let your addiction define you during recovery. You can be grateful for how far you’ve come, and what your recovery has given you so far.

Your recovery has given you a second chance at a bright future. It’s given you a newfound resilience against everyday challenges in life. You see the people who love and support you in a new light. But most importantly, your recovery can help you realize that your life you were always supposed to live has only just begun.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s not too late to get help. Call us now to explore the options that addiction care has to offer.

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