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Treat Yourself: A Personal Self Care Plan in Recovery

//Treat Yourself: A Personal Self Care Plan in Recovery

Although addiction treatment is different and should be specific for each individual because each person has their own experiences and challenges, it’s extremely rare that individuals will recover successfully from the drug of their choice by using the cold turkey method. Recovery isn’t just about sustaining from using a drug, it’s about developing a balance of the mind, soul, and body as they all play a role in active addiction. Without a personal self care plan throughout treatment and recovery, both attaining and maintaining this balance is near impossible. Taking care of the self allows for personal development, healing, and even insight to alternative perspectives. These benefits do not occur with simply attempting to stop using, and treatment can help individuals instill a personal self care plan so that they have the best chance for long-term recovery success.

The Importance of Balance in Recovery

The idea of the mind, body, and soul all playing a part in active addiction is an idea that comes from holistic techniques. Holistic medicine is all about how specific areas in life can play affect other aspects of life; whether mental, social, or physical. Traditional medicine examines the symptoms of an ailment and focuses on addressing relieving the symptoms. Instead of treating symptoms, holistic medicine aims to treat the underlying cause of a medical ailment. For example, if an individual is not getting enough sleep throughout treatment, they may experience symptoms of exhaustion and fatigue. Traditional medicine, instead of addressing the underlying problem of lack of sleep, will try to help the symptoms through medication of therapy. In contrast, a holistic personal self care plan will include a sleep schedule, which addresses the real problem and why the individual is not experiencing a balanced lifestyle.

There are many forms of holistic techniques that also prove to be beneficial for individuals focusing on addiction recovery including acupuncture, massage, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and hypnosis. Through holistic ideas and practices, individuals can take advantage of a more balanced and sustained healthy lifestyle. Implementing a personal self care plan throughout recovery means allowing for holistic techniques to restore the missing balance in a recovering addict’s life.

The Importance of Self Care in Recovery

Without taking care of yourself, undoubtedly, your recovery will be short lived. If you don’t care to take care of yourself, you will regretfully turn back to the dangers and consequences of past addictive behaviors. Implementing a personal self care plan means taking steps toward developing a routine of self care throughout treatment before you assimilate back into society sober. Once the routine is set into place, implementing self care techniques will become natural. You’ll soon find that your life can be much more enjoyable, and your recovery much more beneficial, with the help of self care techniques!

Ways to Implement a Personal Self Care Plan in Recovery

Get Sleep: A lack of sleep can lead to a number of challenging side effects. Mood swings and exhaustion can deter individuals in addiction treatment from focusing on recovery goals. To make sure you are getting enough sleep, go to bed and wake up the same time each day. If you do take naps during daytime hours, try to take them at the same time and length each day. The routine will help your body regulate your sleep, and you will be more prepared to tackle each day head on.

Proper Nutrition: Just like sleeping, what you eat plays a part in how you feel. If you are putting unhealthy or nonnutritional foods inside your body, your body will not perform at 100%. Throughout active addiction, individuals may struggle to keep up with a nutritious diet. Recovery is when the body gets a chance to heal from the time of nonnutritional diet throughout active addiction, so fuel your body with what it needs to heal. Implement many fruits and vegetables while refraining or moderating sugar and caffeine levels.

Work on Acceptance: Experiencing emotions usually dulled by substance abuse and working through social consequences of addiction throughout treatment can be a trigger for relapse. Because of this, it is important to practice to accept the past, and who you are in the current moment. Once the past can be accepted and you are better prepared to accept situations in the present moment, you will be more likely to be successful with long-term recovery. Work on your acceptance through holistic methods like mindfulness meditation, which works on training the self to react to the present and to take recovery one step at a time.

Ready to take charge of your own life and learn how self care methods can aid you in your recovery journey? Give us a call today at 888-712-8480 to speak confidentially with an addiction specialist at our facility!


By |2017-06-06T16:18:35+00:00June 6th, 2017|