If you’re at the start of your recovery, it might be time to think about what you’ve got around you to help you make this incredible change.
It might be helpful to think about the people that love and care about you, the financial resources you have, the nurturing places you might want to visit, the personal items you need near you, and more.
Recovery is like taking a long backpacking journey through nature. You’re going to encounter some wild places, some serene valleys, wonderful adventure, and incredible challenges.
This means that you’re going to need tools, supplies, and support along your way.
Recovery is a Group Effort
First, you can’t do this alone. You’re going to need help. Just like someone sailing alone around the world, that person has radio and GPS connection with those following his or her journey. Or someone who is hiking to the top of Mount Everest. He or she also has someone on radio or by satellite who is watching his or her path to the top. In the same way, you’re going to need friends and family.
You’re going to need mental health professionals to support the steps you take forward. Without them, you’re more vulnerable to relapse or continue your addiction. In severe cases, some might continue their addiction until he or she dies or ends up in jail. And in the case of mountaineering or traveling, the dangers of dying are just as real.
You’re Also Going to Need Personal Items.
- CD’s of your favorite music
- Photos of family and friends whom you love
- Affirmations that keep you feeling strong inside
- Old letters from friends and family
- A personal journal so that you can write out your experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
- Your favorite quotes that inspire you
- Magazine articles that encourage you and keep you moving toward your goal.
- A drum or an instrument so that you can play music
- Relaxation CD’s to keep yourself feeling calm and relaxed
- A workout CD so that you can exercise while you’re away
The above list are those personal items you might want close by. But you’re also going to need tools – things that are going to help you with this particular journey. For instance, you might need an addiction workbook – something that invites insight, questions, and ideas about your journey forward.
You might need a sober living community, just like a hiker would want to run into other hikers to talk about the journey – where they’ve been and where they’re going. You might need to assess where you are from time to time by marking on a calendar each day you’ve been sober.
Recovery is just like going on a life-long journey of exploration and adventure. Make sure you’ve got all your tools, supplies, and even support with you on your way!
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