Having long-term successful recovery from any addiction requires that you work your program. This simple thought can provide some remarkable guidance for the journey. First, to work your program, you must have a program. Here are some guidelines to build and work your recovery.
Developing Your Personal Recovery Program
Make it yours– Your recovery must specifically meet your needs. It isn’t going to be one size fits all and in fact it’s more likely that one size fits no one. Find programming components that target your substance abuse patterns and your mental health symptoms. Consider specialized treatment options that address your cultural concerns, spiritual preferences, financial limitations, and medical and physical difficulties.
Develop it as you go– As you change and grow, your recovery program may need to be adjusted slightly. You may need less structure or more accountability. Where you get support and encouragement may change. Your program will have to accommodate increased demands on your time. Your recovery plan must be structured enough to keep you safe and grounded, yet flexible enough to adjust to your new life.
Utilize your strengths– Part of running a successful recovery requires hard work. Be willing to work consistently and diligently even when setbacks or difficulties occur. Don’t let up when things are going well. Focus on areas that require your strengths rather than areas that highlight your weaknesses. Use your skills, talents, abilities, education, financial resources, connections, and experience to further your recovery. Acknowledge your areas of weakness and know your triggers. Then leverage your strengths to minimize your vulnerabilities and guard your sobriety.
Make it measurable– You’ll make great improvement when you work your program. Find ways to measure progress. Don’t focus only on the number of sober days or the number of weeks in recovery. You might rate your mood daily on a 1-10 scale and track it. You can also target elements that go along with a strong recovery program such as attending meetings or making regular connections with a sponsor. Consider measuring other related efforts such as going to work regularly and on time. Track spending, household chores, sober activities and recreational interests. Consistent follow-through with all aspects of your recovery program will increase the likelihood of long-term success.
Recovery is a Journey. Enjoy the Ride!