In recovery, you spend a lot of time participating in evidence-based therapies. While therapy is critical to a successful, lasting recovery, there are other facets of treatment that are hugely beneficial to healing that aren’t traditional talk therapy.
1. Life Skills Training
Over time, addiction impacts individual’s independence. Life skills training teaches the skills that are essential to becoming a more self-sufficient adult and making a successful transition back into the community post-treatment.
Life skills training will help people develop relapse prevention plans, coping methods and interpersonal skills, as well as the necessary skills that are key to independence and adulthood:
- Cooking and nutrition
- Personal finance and budgeting
- Career development
- Educational assistance
Addiction is a disease that affects mind, body and spirit. Exercise helps to strengthen that vital connection, improves mood and boosts self-esteem, all things that prime you for healing. It offers a healthy outlet to relieve stress, anxiety and other negative emotions common in recovery. In addition to the obvious health benefits of exercise, it also gives you something to do to keep busy.
3. Practicing Positive Thinking
The brain is a powerful organ. Your thoughts control the way you behave and see the world. While positive thinking can’t fix every problem, it’s a good habit to adopt because it reduces stress levels, helps you feel happier and makes you more comfortable with yourself.
When you’re in recovery, it can be challenging to keep negative thoughts and feelings under control. Maybe you feel angry and resentful toward yourself for letting your addiction get this bad, or perhaps you feel guilty about the trouble you’ve put your parents and family through.
The important thing to remember is that there is nothing you can do to change what happened. Instead, focus on what you can do now to make the future better for yourself. When you feel negativity coming on, don’t indulge it. It might be difficult, but you’ll soon be in the habit of thinking more positively than negatively.
4. Eating Well
By eating healthy, real foods, you are fueling your body on the vitamins and minerals it needs. The food you eat can improve your health, mood and energy levels, as well as keep your organs functioning properly.
Foods high in sulfur and antioxidants, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, berries and citrus fruits detoxify and heal the liver. Salmon and flax are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the brain. Whole grains, green leafy vegetables and honey are excellent sources of energy. Water helps flush toxins from the body. Instead of drinking a glass only when you’re thirsty, sip on water throughout the day.
While you’re in recovery, steer clear of junk food. You’d be surprised how much better you feel.
A blank page is a safe place to get all of your feelings out. Although in treatment you spend a good deal of time working with a therapist to confront and manage emotions, writing is cathartic and a productive way to spend your time.
Use a recovery journal to write about your experience and track your progress. It’s a great way to keep tabs on how you speak to yourself and see how far you’ve come. If you’re ever having a rough day, your recovery journal can provide valuable perspective.
Overcoming addiction is a challenging journey, but it’s possible. At Spearhead Lodge, residents can take full advantage of a range of evidence-based clinical services, as well as a curriculum of alternative therapies that boost recovery. To learn more about our services or verify your insurance benefits, contact us at 1-866-905-4550.