Addiction: Top 10 Tips to Recovery

Addiction: Top 10 Tips to Recovery


Hi, my name is Sarah, I’m a counsellor here
at Hope but also I am in recovery. Today I’d like to tell you 10 Tips to Recovery. Number one, Action. Recovery takes action. You can start simply by setting your alarm
earlier in the morning, getting up, making your bed. You can do things like spring clean the house,
something that you’ve put off for some time. Go to a meeting, meet up with friends, maybe
you haven’t done that in a while either but remember, recovery takes action. Tip number two, Breathe. This is important. Recovering from any illness can be difficult
or any injury so this is definitely the case recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. So please commend yourself for your courage
for coming into recovery and just breathe. Number three, Connections. Connection provides purpose. Coming into recovery we can start to feel
feelings of guilt, shame, isolation, fear, depression, so making those connections with people necessarily
likeminded can really help boost your recovery. Tip number four, Finding Yourself a Mentor
or a Sponsor. This is really important, again it links in
with tip number three with connection, but this one is you’re going to find a much
more intimate relationship with somebody, somebody you can tell all your deepest, darkest
secrets to, all your problems, all your stuff from active addiction. So it’s really important that you find somebody,
this will help with your confidence, self-esteem, it will help build you back into the person
that you were meant to be. Tip number five, Asking for Help. So, asking for help is not something that
comes naturally to people who suffer with alcohol or drug addiction, so asking for help,
maybe you’ve put your hand up coming into recovery and said, I can’t do this any more
and I need help. It is difficult, recovery, life is difficult,
and you may be in a relationship, you may have children, you may have a stressful job,
you may just really struggle with day to day life, so asking for help with these things
is really, really important because there are people out there that will help you, especially a sponsor,
mentor, and people in the likeminded community. Tip number six, Taking it a Day at a Time. Coming out of addiction or being in addiction
we can live in the past which can then create a lot of depression, or we can project into
the future. This can bring a lot of anxiety as well, so
something that we teach is definitely to keep it one day at a time. What can I do just for today to help me in
my recovery? It might be eating three meals a day, taking
the kids to school, doing a bit of exercise which will be one of my next tips, but definitely
taking it one day at a time. This leads me onto tip number seven, Meditation. This definitely helps with tip number six,
taking it a day at a time. Meditation can help keep you grounded, it
can help you deal with any feelings and emotions that you may be feeling for the first time
in a long time. It can help you switch off from your busy head,
it can help you really learn to sit with yourself. People who struggle with alcohol and drug
addiction can tend to suppress feelings so when these feelings start to come up for the
first time normally in a very long time, meditation is a great way of grounding that and actually
accepting things for what it is. Tip number eight is Exercise. If you haven’t exercised for quite some
time which in addiction I didn’t exercise for quite a long time, coming into recovery
it’s a really forward behaviour, it’s a healthy choice, something that actually
releases a natural endorphin into your brain. So it’s actually healthier for you, obviously
you see the results externally but internally it makes you feel a lot better as well, so
definitely if you can exercise three or four times a week, definitely my tip number eight. Tip number nine, Voluntary Positions. For me, giving back to any form of community
really helps early on in your recovery. It helps you to adapt to new relationships,
it helps you to get out of yourself, so if your head’s busy, if you’ve got a voluntary
position it’s something positive to concentrate on. But you can also make friends, it can also
boost self-esteem, it can also give you a new direction in life and open up new ways
to finding new goals and things like that. So yeah, for me it was education and a career
move for me, so definitely try a bit of voluntary. Tip number ten, Have Fun!
Recovery is not all doom and gloom. Yes, it can be hard as life is hard but recovery
is fun. Find yourself a group of likeminded people,
try some new hobbies, do things that you’ve always wanted to do, find some inspiration,
go for walks in the wood, go to a Sober Dance. The world is literally your oyster, go on
holiday, go trekking in the mountains, there’s so many things that you can do to have fun
in your recovery, but keep it healthy. So here are my Ten Tips to Recovery. Thank you for listening, once again my name is Sarah
and it’s been a pleasure talking to you all.

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