Successful Recovery Starts Here

Recovery from addiction requires a solid commitment to sober living. Anyone who is currently in recovery or just beginning the journey should understand that addiction is a disease. It is not a lack of willpower and self-control but a disease that is lodged in the limbic system of your brain.  

For some people, managing addiction through faith and determination works for them. But for many others it does not. For those individuals that need assistance managing their addiction and addictive behaviors, receiving help from experienced professionals like those here at ACER can be the step in the right direction towards lasting recovery.

10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY:
  1. Make your recovery a priority – put yourself first and stay in touch with trained professionals who know you and can provide you with comprehensive treatment options and sound advice throughout your recovery.
  2. Take it one day at a time – recovery is a process, not a destination. Do not let thoughts of use or old habits get the best of you. Learn techniques to overcome any negative thoughts and feelings.
  3. Communicate – addiction can be very isolating so talk to your friends and family about your challenges. While it may be tough, the support system you create will give you an enormous boost. They will be there when you need them and will help you stay motivated and focused.
  4. Change your environment – one of the best ways to maintain a healthy recovery is to replace your bad habits with healthy, new ones. Surround yourself with positive people, things, and experiences. Search out cultural events and activities that can stimulate your body and mind in a new, exciting – and healthy way.
  5. Change your friends – some of your friends may have been enabling your addiction instead of helping you control it. If you have friends that may jeopardize your recovery, it is time to find a new circle of friends. The right friends will help you to maintain a healthy recovery.
  6. Get out and exercise – spending 30-60 minutes walking or at the gym just a few days a week will do wonders for you. Exercise will not only boost your physical strength, it will boost your mental health as well. Improve your diet – in addition to exercise, eating right is another key ingredient to a successful recovery.Whether you get help or do it on your own, improvements in diet will make you healthier mentally and physically
  7. Improve your diet – in addition to exercise, eating right is another key ingredient to a successful recovery.  Whether you get help or do it on your own, improvements in diet will make you healthier mentally and physically.
  8. Join a support group – whether you join a church based group, AA or other social support network, they can provide wonderful value, help, and wisdom to your recovery efforts.
  9. Work or donate some of your time – being productive at your job or giving back to a cause you believe in will do wonders for your self-esteem. Making a positive contribution at work or for others will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment and pride.
  10. Never give up – whatever you do, regardless of the challenges or obstacles you face, do not give up, or give in to the disease. Rely on your family, friends, and support systems to keep going in the face of temptations and difficult days.

 

Important Links:

 

Narcotics Anonymous of New Orleans

Northshore Area Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous of New Orleans

Al-Anon in Louisiana

New Orleans Area Al-Anon Family Groups

Ala-Teen in Louisiana

Gambler’s Anonymous

Nar-Anon

 

Adapted from Hazelden and Enterhealth.