During the alcohol and drug rehabilitation process, many women find themselves invigorated with a new-found sense of motivation as they approach their sober lives ahead. However, the challenge during sober living is to maintain fortitude and motivation – even in the wake of challenges that may arise. By nurturing yourself, setting practical goals and maintaining a positive attitude, you can harness the strength and insight you achieved during your time at The Orchid Recovery Center.
Staying Motivated During Your Ongoing Addiction Recovery
During the transition into sober living, you can maintain your motivation by embracing a few core principles that you learned during the drug or alcohol recovery process. Here are a few simple ways to continue to stay motivated as you enter your new and exciting sober life ahead.
- Set Specific Goals
By setting specific goals, you can guard against feelings of failure. Start small and be as specific as you can. Attach each goal to a tangible result, and consider drawing a picture or putting together a collage of your success. Try to make your goals actionable on a weekly, monthly or daily level. This will help engender consistency as you approach your goals as well.
- Embrace a Positive Self-View
One of the most demoralizing things we can do is to badger ourselves with negative self-talk. Take time to reinforce a positive self-view by keeping a list of your accomplishments, positive traits and successes. Remember that you are a worthwhile individual, regardless of who approves, what you do or do not do, or what challenges you face. Recognize your beauty and find small ways to celebrate the person that you are every day.
- Reward Yourself
Accomplishments can be bolstered by finding rewards for achievements we make. Though our motivation often stems from a deeper place, we still need to take time to acknowledge and revel in our successes. Take an impromptu trip to a local national park or open space area, indulge in a hot bath or take time to read for pleasure. Attach a small reward to each goal and make sure you follow through upon achievement.
- Create a Healthy Support Network
Positive people open up a world of possibilities for us. Take a look at the people in your life. How do you act when you are around them? How do you feel about yourself after interactions? While sometimes we cannot eliminate relationships that are problematic, we still can take measures to limit our time with negative people and create personal boundaries for our own protection. Foster relationships with those who bring light, love and inspiration into your life. Reach out for help and support when you need it, and seek out relationships with those who have embraced a rewarding, healthy lifestyle.