Maintain a Healthy Balance in Addiction Recovery

It is easy to get caught up in the bustle of life and to stop doing the the things needed to maintain healthy balance. Once off kilter it is so easy to fall into the traps of our negative behaviors, and for addicts and alcoholics that often means falling back into the throes of their addiction.

Relapse really starts before the actual drink or drugging. It shows its’ glaring face in other aspects of life and thought patterns. This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy balance in addiction recovery.

Here are a few warning signs to look out for. When you see these signs in your own life it may be a red flag to get back on track and into a healthy routine.

You Are Perpetually Sick

You Are Super Irritable

You Simply Can’t Concentrate

You Feel Like Everything Is A Chore

You Feel Down In The Dumps

You Experience A Breakdown

You Feel Incredibly Anxious

You Never Take Time For Yourself

You Feel The Days Blurring Together

You Feel Kinda Rundown

You Never Eat A Real Meal

Check out this article to learn more and to see what these signs are really telling you about what’s going on in your life:

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Creating a Healthy Routine when Times are Tough

There are times when life gets hard, and everything seems to be going wrong. It often makes people feel overwhelmed and hopeless. This is particularly true of those suffering from addiction.

But, there are some tools that you can use to make things feel better, and help you to get through the rough times.

Summit’s Clinical Director, Kim Chronister, PsyD, was featured in this article for Bustle, higlighting some great tools to use to turn the tough patches of life around.

The tools include:

Try Something New

Set Intentions Every Morning

Get To Cleanin’

Do The Thing That Scares You

Build Up From Small Changes

Force Yourself To Have Fun

Go Hang Out With Cool People

Fake A Better Attitude

Take Some Time To Assess

Have Yourself A Good Cry

Be All About The Lists

Make A Plan To Reach Your Goals

Remember You Aren’t Alone

 

Check out the article here to learn more:

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How to Find Help for Yourself When You Live with Someone with an Addiction

Living with a loved one who battles with addiction can be an emotional rollercoaster. Oftentimes, family members lose sight of their own needs in an effort to mediate and take care of the ailing alcoholic or addict. When this happens, friends and family may feel neglected, overlooked, and even abused.

How does one seek help while living with someone in the throes of addiction? What about living with an alcoholic or addict in recovery? The tools are the same.

 Attend Family Programs 

At a full-service treatment facility, therapists and staff understand the importance of including family members in the recovery process. Addicts and alcoholics typically affect a wide circle of friends and loved ones. These individuals need support as well. Through education, understanding, and group process groups, family programs offer firsthand insight into the realities of the addiction process and recovery.

 Find Outside Support

While friends and family members may lean on each other during times of trouble, outside support networks, such as Al-Anon, Alateen, and CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous), are also available to provide enduring, non-judgmental, and anonymous support. By attending these groups, you are giving yourself the chance to grow and become educated in the field of addiction and recovery. There, you may gain insight and perspective on the disease of alcoholism and understand that this disease does not exist in a vacuum. You are not alone. People do recover, together.

Seek Family Counseling 

When an addict or alcoholic is in the midst of his or her disease, family members may react in a way they wouldn’t usually toward their loved one. Communication systems break down. Feelings get hurt. Relationships suffer. Affordable group therapy is offered in most major cities in addition to individual therapy for recovering family members. By creating a safe space to discuss topics openly, with the help of a trained therapist, family members can take these skills into the home and practice them in their daily lives.

Stay Active

Remembering what your life was before you became entrenched in the devastation of alcoholism and addiction is important in building a path toward the realization of recovery. Creating an ideal vision of your life, including hobbies you enjoy and maintaining social activities, is part of developing a full plan for self-care and self-discovery. The more you take care of yourself, the better you will be able to offer support to others. This is true whether the addict is in recovery or active addiction.

Keep the Focus on Yourself

While it may be tempting to check up on the alcoholic, protect the addict from harm, and over-analyze every interaction that takes place in the home, it is not healthy for you, the recovering family member, to give up your well-being for someone else. Developing a spiritual practice, involving yourself in nature, and keeping busy with work and activity are all ways in which you can remain attentive to the one thing you have some control over: your own life.