Many people in early recovery feel out of their comfort zone; drugs and alcohol feel like a warm, comfortable blanket. Once you remove the solution to your issues, the problems you’ve been avoiding can feel like a very chilly wind, to say the least. The first few months of early sobriety can be a real roller-coaster. It is a bumpy enough ride that the majority of persons in early recovery do not make it past the first year; while relapse is sometimes a part of the process, it isn’t a necessary step in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Many people pick up a white chip and never look back. Here are a few helpful tips for early recovery.
Alcoholism and drug addiction will wreck your body. If you were addicted for a number of years, the body probably isn’t functioning at its highest capability. Exercise is a fantastic tool for self-growth and empowerment. Improvement at the gym will invariably seep into other aspects of your life; hitting a new lift number, a new weight goal, or a new 5-K time will bring you joy due to the sense of achievement. From those achievements, a new sense of pride will develop within yourself. Be kind to you and get your workout on!
People get sober after they have hit a bottom. If your bottom was particularly bad, take comfort in the fact that it can only get better (as long as you stay sober). If you’ve wronged somebody in the past, take the time to reflect on your past misdeeds and try and make the situation right when you are ready.
Get Proper Sleep and Nutrition
Most people in early recovery do not boast the healthiest lifestyle or health markers. “Recovery” doesn’t just mean a recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, it also means recovering the health and wealth of your body, mind, and spirit. A Ferrari needs premium gas, so make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep a night (at least!) and eating the proper foods. That means ditching the soda and sugary snacks, and eating lots of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, legumes, and whole grains. Feeling great and looking great go hand in hand (your body will thank you as well).
Remind yourself of all the good things in your life. Life is something to be loved, not something to be hated or despised. Thank your legs for carrying your body, the sun for shining, the wind for blowing, and thank god for the pain as well. Pain is one of the greatest motivators in life and there is great beauty on the other side of your darkest moment.
Go to Meetings
We can’t stress this enough. People in early recovery who go to at least 5 meetings a week, have a sponsor, attend a home group, and work with a sponsor rarely – if ever – relapse. Working a spiritual program of recovery isn’t difficult in and of itself; the steps and solutions are laid out for you every step of the way. All you have to do is be honest and take suggestions.
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A healthier lifestyle should be a necessary component to anyone that is recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process that needs to include multiple avenues of treatment. This may include 12-step meetings, working with a therapist, talking with sober supports and friends, hiring a sober escort or companion, staying active, and eating healthy. Support for your mental wellness should be just as important as support for your physical well-being. A strong mind and a strong body will help ease the transition from addiction to a sober lifestyle.
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While Recovery Care Partner offers post-treatment support such as sober escorts, sober companions, and sober transport, a certain degree of personal responsibility needs to come from the addict themselves. Maintenance of a healthy lifestyle can be achieved through outdoor activities, group activities, exercise, proper nutrition, and mindfulness meditation and exercises. 12-step meetings don’t hurt either!
Exercise in Early Recovery
Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These two “feel-good” hormones can contribute to better sleep, better mood, and an overall improved sense of well-being. It’s a smart idea to adopt a new exercise program or regime to help bolster yourself in early recovery.
Many people benefit from group fitness classes such as CrossFit, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning classes, and group weightlifting exercises. Finding other sober people that enjoy the same physical activities as you can not only motivate you to achieve better physical health; it can also help build new sober friendships and relationships.
Having sober friends can make all the difference in early sobriety, as it gives you a chance to connect with people who have gone through similar things. Many people do not understand just how devastating and debilitating addiction can really be. This is why having people that can relate to your experiences can make all the difference; they are also people that you can attend meetings with. Many former addicts in recovery state that the friends they made in early recovery have been friends for years.
Try activities such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, martial arts, kayaking, paddle boarding, and going to the beach! Group sports such as volleyball, basketball, and flag football are also great ways to build friendships and comradery.
Nutrition for a Recovering Body
Fueling your body with the right food is absolutely necessary! Early recovery is tough and many people choose to make it even more difficult by not giving their body the proper nutrition it requires. A body weakened by drug and alcohol addiction needs time to recover, so make sure you are eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and legumes. Try to avoid foods that can cause mood crashes, such as processed foods, sugary drinks, soda, and processed sugar. While pizza is fine once in a while, try not to make it a daily occurrence!
Drinking enough water will help keep you hydrated and feeling healthy, so make sure not to neglect drinking this vital substance. Here are just a few examples of healthy food to help get you started:
- Fruits: apples, bananas, berries, peaches, plums, mangos, and avocados.
- Lean Meats: turkey, sirloin steak, chicken, ham, and turkey.
- Fish: salmon, trout, halibut, swordfish, tuna, mackerel, herring, haddock, mahi mahi, and catfish.
- Vegetables: broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, onion, asparagus, beets, carrots, peas, corn, sweet potatoes, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, chard, and red cabbage.
- Legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, and navy beans.
- Whole grains: brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, pasta and crackers, millet, bulgur, and buckwheat.
Mindfulness Exercises for a Calm Brain
Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool, especially when used with other therapies. Mindfulness meditation means quieting your brain and becoming an observer to your thoughts; it means not emotionally reacting to negative feelings and deliberations. Zen can be thought of as the moment before a thought, and many people practice for a lifetime to try and reach this state. No one is perfect with their practice; trying your best is all that you should ask of yourself and others.
Mindfulness meditation groups can often be found within yoga groups and classes or through certain therapists. Ask around! You’ll never know what you may find through this powerful practice.
Addiction Counseling and Intervention Specialists
You can only help a person as much as they want to help themselves; this is why it is so important for an addict to take personal responsibility and care for their mental and physical well-being.
Recovery Care Partner offers people that are currently facing addiction – as well as recovering addicts – the chance to help them land on their feet. Everyone, at some point in their lives, is going to need a little help from others.
This is where Recovery Care Partner shines. Our sober companions and sober transition coaching offers people in early recovery the tools to help succeed in life; life skills augmentation, proper nutrition, mindfulness exercises, exercise regiments, resume writing, and skill building are all facets that our sober companions and addiction coaches love to teach.
If your loved one is struggling with addiction, or you need some additional support yourself while going through early recovery, do not hesitate to call Recovery Care Partner at (855) 727-2887. You can also reach us via our contact page by clicking here.
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