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10 Tips For Starting A New Life After Addiction – Part 2

6.  Stay Positive

Getting clean and staying sober is an immense accomplishment. It takes time and effort, pain and struggle. You should feel proud of your success and focus on your happiness. Many studies have shown that positivism, optimism, hopefulness, and enjoyment of life predict favorable outcomes in recovering from addiction. Bear in mind that positive psychology can have a direct impact on the success of life-long sobriety. Positive psychology on thinking can boost the immune system, lower the symptoms of depression, boost your energy levels, reduce levels of stress, and improve quality of life.

Two important coping skills for maintaining sobriety are the ability to manage stress and the ability to change negative thinking. Stress management is about taking control of your emotions, thoughts, lifestyle, and the way you deal with problems. Effective stress management can help you be happier, healthier, and more productive. It can lead to a balanced life, with time for relationships, relaxation, work, and enjoyment.

Cognitive therapy can help you recognize your negative thinking and through thought review change your thinking into something positive. People who think negative thoughts are more likely to stay depressed. Through cognitive therapy, you and your therapist work together to agree on patterns of behavior that need to be changed. You learn how to recognize those negative thoughts and leave them behind, which can be quite liberating.

7. Be An Inspiration

Don’t be ashamed of your story. You’ve grown through what you went through. You realized the problem you had with drugs or alcohol, accepted offers of help, and made it through a rehab program. Being an inspiration means doing something in your life that other people deem as impossible in theirs. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself and for others battling with addiction is to inspire them.

Show them you truly care. When they feel like you are investing in their progress and well-being, they’re more likely to accept your encouragement. These words of advice will fuel them towards their own desired goals and will encourage them to become a better version of themselves.

Listen carefully to their experiences with addiction. If you understand the words they’re saying, they’re more likely to use your words of encouragement as internal motivation to grow at a rapid rate.

Be enthusiastic and be willing to share genuine smiles, positive energy, and caring concern. It’ll make you feel amazing and confident from within.

8. Become a Motivational Speaker

Have you considered volunteering your time to be a motivational speaker for others who need help? This vocation involves speaking to groups of people and sharing your struggles, how you overcame them, and what your life is like now. You’ll motivate them to live better lives, strive for success, and to overcome hardships with perseverance. Your motivational speeches can help at-risk youths, people who are already battling with addiction, or groups of recovering addicts who need words of encouragement.

You have the golden opportunity to educate people about horrors of addiction. Addiction education includes informing individuals about what addiction is, warning signs of addiction, how alcohol and drugs affect the mind and body, and the consequences of addiction on family, relationships, work, and other areas of functioning.

If you feel like you have what it takes to be a motivational speaker, the first step is to start practicing. Try writing a couple of speeches and practice them on people who support you, including your family and friends. Ask for informational interviews with professional speakers from which you can learn a great deal. Moreover, offer to volunteer to speak at high schools or rehab facilities which often like to hear from successful recovering addicts.  Motivational speaking can be a rewarding hobby that is a beautiful way to give back as a recovering addict and it can also strengthen your own sobriety.

9. Continue Therapy

It’s crucial for individuals like yourself who have been through rehab to continue outpatient therapy. Outpatient therapy is vital in order to heal emotionally and rebuild your personal life. There are many ways you can experience continuing care, including through group therapy, online aftercare, or sober living houses.

Continuing care after completing an addiction treatment program can provide you with a safe and supportive environment to discuss the challenges of recovery in a non-judgmental setting. It can give you the hope and encouragement you need to stay positive when times get rough.

Moreover, engaging in a regular outpatient care program will give you the courage and self-assurance to believe you can stay strong. Listening to other people’s stories of success will greatly help you cope with difficult situations. Every group session will be a reminder of how strong you’ve become, how much you’ve accomplished, and how determined you are to recover from any setbacks you encounter along the way.

10. Love Yourself, Accept Yourself, Forgive Yourself

Understand that failure is part of life. Everyone makes mistakes but the key is to accept failure, learn from it, and do better in the future. Come to terms that recovery is a life-long process but remain goal-oriented.

Celebrate your strengths and write them down. Make a list of all the hardships you’ve overcome, all the lives you’ve touched, and all the goals you’ve accomplished. Distance yourself from the people who bring you down and surround yourself with the people who trust in you. Forgive yourself and move on.

Over time, you’ll find out that loving yourself improves everything in your life, including your well-being, your self-esteem, your relationships, and your career. Loving yourself will help you love others and the world around you. Loving yourself is the key to a serene, cheerful, and passionate life.

 

For more information please call this Toll Free 24/7 Addiction Treatment Helpline at (844) 439-4765. This is a completely confidential call. If you have health insurance it often covers 100% of the treatment cost. So please call now!

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