Addiction recovery is a tough and arduous process. Going from addiction to a successful recovery takes hard work, persistence, and staying true to yourself and your own goals. There are many ways to make addiction recovery interesting; we want to go over a handful of them with you now. Sometimes when there are too many failures or not enough engagement in interesting and purposeful activities, a person can find themselves beginning to turn back to old habits, ones which are harmful and destructive that they genuinely intend to avoid. So, here are some addiction recovery tips that will help you reach your goal.
You should first go over your original purpose and decision for being clean. What was it that made you feel interested in achieving this state? What was your goal and reason for being clean? Why did you decide to live a drug-free life? What was the drive behind it all, to be a sober person? Ask yourself these questions, think about it on your own, write them down, or tell a friend, but do it until you feel rejuvenated and inspired to remain clean and to achieve your goal of being a sober individual, leading a drug-free life.
For example, “I want to be a sober individual.” Or, “I want to lead a drug-free life, inspiring others that they can recover from addiction.” Or another example could be “No longer dependent on drugs, rehabilitated from drug-use, and surrounded by people who are clean.”
President Abraham Lincoln provides us with a wonderful quote for reminding us of sticking to and achieving our goals: “Always bear in mind that your resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”
Whatever your goal is, it is good to figure it out and work it out until it is clear and precise, you can look at it every day until you have achieved it.
Engage in New and Old Activities
There are probably things you have wanted to do for a long time but never did. For example, if you wanted to become a bookworm, you could set a target for achieving that. “I want to read one and a half books a month.” Then you can figure out what that is going to take. How long does it take you to read a book? How many books can you finish in a month, while still enjoying it? What genres of books do you want to read? Maybe write a list of books you want to read in the year and check them off as you finish them.
There are probably activities you always wanted to do but never tried or never learned. Or perhaps, you need to go out and find some activities you didn’t even know existed and participate in them.
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – President Teddy Roosevelt
Whatever activity or activities you decide to do, have fun, try to learn something, and keep busy. You might find that you have an undiscovered passion or an untapped talent!
Schedule, Plan, and Do
An excellent way to stay inspired, keep entertained, and achieve your goals is to plan out and schedule your time so that you can do things that are interesting and accomplish things that you want to.
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day, begin the task anew.” – Saint Francis de Sales
Write out a daily list of things you want to do and check off what you get done. Get a calendar or scheduling book and clock in your favorite activities, new activities you never tried, exercise time, or events you want to attend. This will help you to keep busy, stay on track, keep life interesting, and, most importantly, achieve your goal.
Volunteering is a great way to develop a deeper sense of purpose in your life or to give back if you feel the desire to do so, plus helping others makes you feel good about yourself and your life. Being able to help another person is often thought of as Man’s greatest ability.
Physicist Albert Einstein has a quote that could apply to volunteering when recovering from addiction, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
If there is a group or activity or area in life you feel passionate about, you can find out if there is something you can do to help them, there are plenty of opportunities that exist, you just have to search a bit.
The other great thing about volunteering is you get to meet new people while creating a change in the world, making a difference in others’ lives is inspiring and satisfying.
There are many recovery and addiction quotes which can help make recovery more inspiring and keep you motivated. You can surround yourself with these quotes so that you see them every day. Or, you can make a book of them to write them down in and look at whenever you need inspiration, keeping a favorite in your car and one in your home, these are all different ways you can be reminded of your goal and fire yourself up.
Some more inspirational recovery quotes:
“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Actress and recovering addict Drew Barrymore
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – President Abraham Lincoln
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – President Teddy Roosevelt
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There are many ways to have an inspirational recovery; reviewing your original purpose, setting goals, engaging in activities, scheduling, volunteering, and looking at motivational quotes, you can keep yourself interested and avoid the dangers of turning back to addiction.