Whether you are in early or long term recovery life can get very challenging at times. Treatment Centers in Virginia often teach the tools available in order to work through such difficult times. Building a solid foundation is the start to preventing a relapse at any point in recovery. I often hear professionals exclaim, over and over, “No connection…no recovery!” So build a support network. Whether it’s family, friends, 12 step meetings or a therapist, they will provide comfort when things are going well and when things get tough.
One former patient made the effort to develop a support system. She went to 12 step meetings six days a week. She got phone numbers of other women in these meetings. Often they would meet for coffee or a bite to eat. In addition, she would see a therapist once a week and would regularly talk to her family about her journey in recovery. The good, the bad and the ugly were all discussed. This was important because it was reality and not being completely honest could leave her to figure things out on her own. This is not a good idea as the mind often can lead back to old ways of thinking. The type of thinking that can quickly result in a relapse. One article discusses the use of drugs and the effects it has on thinking.
This same patient began living a spiritual life. She routinely throughout her day asked a higher power for guidance and to have the strength to do the right thing. Exercising and eating right were additional tools she utilized. If she started thinking about drinking she would call someone or think the drink through. In other words, play the tape forward and think about what would happen if she chose to relapse.
There is a reason Treatment Centers in Virginia teach so many different tools to prevent a relapse…you just never know when that next shoe lace will break or when a co-worker will become so unreasonable. Whatever challenges you might face be prepared to fall back on what has worked for so many people.