Madmom05, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and Recovering Addict!
Addicts in Recovery, and the part where you are supposed to find ways to bring pleasure and fulfillment back in your life, without any substances……
Behavioral Activation Therapy, commonly used in the treatment of depression, has been more recently used for addiction treatment and motivates people to get involved in pleasant and fun activities on a daily basis. This is important for those of us in addiction recovery and those who struggle with depression because loss of motivation and goals lead to depression and that leads you right back to addictive behaviors. Eventually it becomes a bad cycle, people stop doing happy things, their mood gets worse and makes them vulnerable to the addictive behaviors and the old friends again. That leads to relapse and possibly a full blown addiction again and I know that the last thing we need is a relapse. This has actually been shown to increase your chances of success and staying in recovery. So take a minute and think of something you enjoy doing, and actually write them done and schedule time in your week and go do your activity. I know most of y’all are going to say that you don’t have time or it’s not going to help so you won’t even try it. It’s a struggle every day for me and the other people who are in recovery and making it through a week is a reason for me to celebrate. So anything that I or anyone else can suggest to me or ask me to try or think about, I’m going to because failure is no longer an option and I have to make life sober more rewarding and more exciting to me than my life on drugs and anything to help me accomplish that is going to get a fair attempt from me.
P.S. Create balance between things you enjoy doing and you do to fulfill your responsibilities, because there is a huge difference between the two
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What are Red Flag Thoughts
Red Flag thoughts are thoughts that you have in your mind that let’s you believe or justify your decision to go use drugs and relapse and once you are familiar with them REDFLAG thoughts you will find yourself catching them as soon as they take root and you can stop them quick! You begin by trying to not think about using and then it moves on to you trying to justify it in your head by saying that it’s only going to be once or maybe you have had a bad day so you deserve to go get high and before you know it you are looking in the ugly face of the big R. Relapse and that’s never pretty for any recovering addict!
Saying things like One drink is all I need and I’m done, or it’s only one pill, and no one has to know, is nothing but the beginning of a Relapse and could very likely pull you all the way back into your full addiction. It’s important to figure out the places, things, feelings that cause you to want to use and plan to counter them and fight them, or even avoid them all together to keep your self in Recovery. Once you can establish what those things are, for example I don’t watch Intervention, then you can avoid the thoughts that will cause you to crave the addiction!
You have to pay attention and really focus to keep these thoughts away and learn to live without them in your mind and to live without people or avoid places that trigger you and find new people and places you like and leave drugs out of all your new life and new friends so you don’t have any triggers in your everyday life anymore.
Homework assignment is to make a list of things that cause you cravings or triggers and begin to plan a way to cut it out of your new life in recovery, because your going to Win damn it! You are stronger than your addiction and you have a life to get back to and family who missed you and new friends and new fun things to see and do and you don’t have time to be alone in addiction jail anymore you have a awesome life to live!
Addiction and recovery nonprofit support group
Click and either donate time or.25 cents a month, I don’t care anything helps! We all know or are directly related or effected by drugs or someone we know struggling with addiction to drugs let’s attack the issue head on not people and let’s not ignore the issue or treat addicts as criminals anymore because none of that worked for Us.”, we need to unite and fight against addiction together!
P.S. If you have a loved one struggling with addiction, please stand by them(don’t enable them), don’t abandon them or kick them out of the family or your life, because they need you and you can help them get better hurting them won’t help it could cause the addict to completely give up, your addict will get there, one day they will actually really be tired and fed up with addiction using them and ruining their lives and it will happen one day, we all get fed up eventually and they will be lucky to have best friends or close family who support and stand by them! Hang I. There and get educated on everything you can find on addiction and recovery ASAP!
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