There are a variety of aspects to addiction recovery that many addicts do not expect, especially if you have taken many measures to feel prepared before taking the plunge to sobriety. To help stay on track here is a compiled list that recovering addicts should know about addiction recovery from the beginning.

1. There is no “cure.”

Attending a rehab facility in not a cure. These unique places provide everyone with the appropriate tools to manage the addiction or disease and set them on the path to better choices, but after that it is in the hands of the addict to remain sober in his/or her own recovery. This is where the term “recovering addicts”- comes to term and as constant reminder that they are never fully cured, but simply in remission for as long as they continue to use the tools given to them and remain sober and clean.

2. Grief in addiction

Initially prepare yourself to grieve the loss of your addiction. Positive change can happen and is possible, but it is unrealistic to think grievance won’t occur after having many years tied up in an addiction-based lifestyle. This grievance will likely need to be emotionally and mentally processed.

3. Recovery requires actions instead of intentions

Thinking happy thoughts and saying positive affirmation will only get you so far. They can be helpful, but addiction recovery requires actions instead of positive intentions. Making time each day for actions to benefit your lifestyle such as walking for 20 minutes, or finally signing up for that new class you’ve been dying to take is great first steps to keep yourself busy and move forward.

4. Recovery and lifestyle changes

Addiction recovery needs a lifestyle reconstruct. Meaning that you cannot continue the same lifestyle and simply abstain from using alcohol or drugs. Those actions will only ensure that you’ll be on the fast track to relapse. The lifestyle reconstruct you are looking for would include the people you hang out with, activities you participate in and even the way you think. It’s a great start to change places and people that were prevalent while you were actively addicted.

5. Relapse > Failure

Relapse is not equivalent to failure. Let’s say that one more time (Relapse does not mean failure). The end goal is to never relapse. We hope our loved ones never relapse, but it does happen. If relapse happens it’s important to remember that this does not mean you failed – even if it feels that way. Be sure to take the necessary steps to immediately get back on the path to a healthier, happier you on the path to recovery.

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