You have just come from your drug treatment program and feel that you are ready to start a new life. You are up and eager to begin a life that is free from drugs. You are ready to look for a job, start working and receiving your pay regularly.
Not too fast, though. As a newly-reformed drug addict, you need to start slow. Think of the time you got physically sick. What did you do a day after you got out of the hospital? Did you immediately jog and run around your neighborhood? In all likelihood, you didn’t. You took things one step at time, doing stretching and bending exercises first and walking just around your backyard. Only when you felt strong enough did you venture out farther around your neighborhood and did more strenuous exercises.
The same happens when you are fresh from drug rehab. As an addict in early recovery, you need to give yourself time to adjust to your new lifestyle and conditions. If you really want to sustain your recovery, you need to establish habits and principles at this stage so that they become a normal part of the new life you want to lead from here on in. By letting these views and practices take root and nourishing them constantly, you improve your chances of staying drug-free for the rest of your life.
First, make it a point to start each and every day with a good and hearty breakfast. If you were content with grabbing a cup of coffee on the way to work before, that won’t cut it now. At the least, you should have bread or any carbohydrate source; egg and meat or other protein sources and fruit or vegetables or both as vitamin and mineral sources. You can add in milk or juice as well. A nutritious breakfast will feed your body and mind, keeping you more alert and active. When you are full, you can better handle those little inconveniences that would have you overreacting otherwise.
Second, start each day with positive affirmation. Think about the future you want to see yourself in after you have freed yourself from drugs and believe that you can make it happen. You can seek positive affirmation in various ways. Some ask God through prayer to give them the strength to live their lives and achieve their goals while others meditate and strive to get it through inner peace. Find out what works for you.
Finally, live each day as it comes. Don’t imagine worries or problems that are not there yet. Deal with the present. For instance, don’t think that you might fall into relapse any time soon and start getting worried at that possibility. In all likelihood, the prophecy is going to be self-fulfilling and you’ll end up back to your old ways. However, you should know what to do when the cravings do get very intense. When you start wishing for drugs then deal with it promptly. The same goes for problems with money, health or your marriage. You don’t constantly fret that you would lose your job, get diagnosed with cancer or suffer a divorce. However, when they do occur, you do what you can to remedy the problem.
By establishing these practices early on, you put yourself in a much stronger position to continue with your recovery. Don’t push yourself too far too fast. Rushing will only lead to more problems for you down the road. By giving yourself time to get these habits ingrained in your system, you improve your chances of long-term recovery.