Tip #1: Find some consistency.
In the midst of change, finding some sense of consistency in day-to-day life is key. Developing a personal routine is a good idea. Maybe you hit the same 12 Step meeting every morning after making yourself a pot of coffee and meditating for around 10 minutes. Maybe you make a habit of calling the same friend every evening, just to say “hello” and briefly check in. When everything is in flux and you feel like you’re wading through constant chaos and uncertainty, sticking to a few healthy habits can be extremely beneficial.
Tip #2: Don’t step away from your personal program of recovery.
When you’re juggling a lot it is easy to start skipping out on meetings, prioritizing other things, and promising yourself that you’ll give your sponsor a call “tomorrow” when things mellow out. Stepping away from your personal recovery program is dangerous territory. No matter what transition you are going through, be sure you are staying on top of the things that help you stay sober, one day at a time.
Tip #3: Keep up with individual therapy.
There is no inopportune time to seek outside help. If you are going through a transition you aren’t sure how to navigate, meeting with an individual therapist once a week can be very beneficial. Seeking professional help allows you to keep things in perspective and process challenges in a healthy and productive way. If you need help finding a licensed therapist in your immediate area, contact us today.
Tip #4: Refer back to your relapse prevention techniques.
If you have already completed a multi-staged recovery program, there is a good chance you already have a range of relapse prevention techniques in your personal toolkit. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to exercise several of these techniques, and you have a firm grasp of what works for you. Some examples include going to a meeting and sharing about where you are at, calling a friend, playing the tape through, or going on a long walk outdoors. If you are in need of additional advice, we are available to offer some at any point in time.