Many people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction find themselves in a slump at some point in their sobriety journey. It’s a relatively normal part of any process, particularly one as long-term as recovering from substance abuse. At various points in life, people find themselves in ruts- whether it’s in their career, their relationships, their creative pursuits, or anything else. The issue with being in a slump in recovery is that over time if it’s left unaddressed, it could lead to a relapse or even just feeling unfulfilled and unhappy in sobriety. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get out of a sobriety slump.
How Do I Know If I’m in a Slump?
Feeling stagnant can happen to anyone in recovery. Maybe you feel like you just aren’t growing spiritually or emotionally, or maybe you are feeling irritable at the thought of attending twelve step meetings. A recovery rut can happen to anyone, and it can express itself in different ways. Here are some of the signs that you may be in a slump in your recovery from addiction:
- You’re sick and tired of going to meetings, and when you do go, you don’t feel like you’re getting anything out of it and spend a lot of the time watching the clock
- You feel unmotivated to do step work or meet with your sponsor, or you never want to answer the phone when a sponsee calls
- You’re feeling disconnected from your friends and sober supports, and don’t feel like reaching out to talk to anyone about it
- You’re developing a lot of resentments and don’t feel motivated to work on them
- Your spiritual life is in decline- you’re spending less time praying and meditating
- You feel like you are “cured” and don’t have much more to gain or learn in your recovery
- You feel stuck in the same daily routine
If you’re experienced any of these feelings, you could be in a slump. There’s no need to shame oneself for having this experience, as it’s pretty common for most people in long-term recovery to experience a feeling of being stuck at some point. The key is to recognize it early and deal with it so that it doesn’t lead to regression or even a relapse.
How to Get Unstuck
There a few things that can be done to move from being in a slump to feeling motivated and fulfilled in recovery once again. Sometimes these feelings come from simply being too accustomed to a routine and not making time for fun activities. It can also come from a lack of balance and feeling like you’re “spread too thin” between recovery and the rest of life. In other cases, a recovery rut can just be part of the journey. Regardless of the cause, there are some actions you can take to get out of it. To escape the sobriety slump, try:
- Attending new meetings. Sometimes finding a new group can switch up the routine just enough to make sobriety interesting again.
- Do a 90 and 90. Attend ninety meetings ninety days in a row to recommit to sobriety. It could help create a new routine that reinforces the need for recovery in your life and can help you to feel more connected to the program.
- Talk to a therapist. Being in a slump could be a symptom of a bigger issue, like depression or another mood disorder. Identifying any underlying causes, if they exist, is key to maintaining health and could prevent worsening of symptoms.
- Go on a trip. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Even a day trip to the beach or to explore the next town over can be refreshing and provide a break from the everyday routine you feel stuck in.
- Try a new prayer or meditation routine. Getting involved in yoga, aromatherapy, or even a meditation challenge can infuse new life into your spiritual world, and could even expose you to a new hobby you enjoy.
- Talk to someone. Your sponsor, friends, and sober supports have probably found themselves in a slump before, too. They may have some good advice, and it can be a relief to get honest about what you’re thinking and feeling.
Whether you’re in early recovery or long-term sobriety, remaining connected to positive role models can help you through the ups and downs of the journey. If you feel like you need a little more than that, or you have recently experienced a relapse as the result of a slump, All About Recovery can help. Call today at 888-712-8480.