5 tips for getting through your first 30 days of recovery

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When it comes to your first 30 days in recovery most people think it will be a breeze however, it may be one of the hardest times during your drug treatment. Physically you will feel like the world’s strongest man but mentally this maybe your make or break period.

Here are 5 tips to help you get through your first 30 days of recovery:

Gather a support group

Having a supportive and positive group of people to rely on is critical during recovery. It is important to establish a network of people who you can rely on when the going gets rough and need help to stay on track.These friends aren’t to be taken for granted. Your support group should be made up of friends from meetings, treatment, and of course family. Even on your best days it’s important to keep in touch and friendly! Remember you are as much an anchor to them as they are to you.

Write it down

The age old technique of putting your feelings to paper is one that cannot be beat! Self reflection in recovery allows you to vent your frustrations and emotions in a safe place. They can also become a great source of self motivation on those days you get tempted. Your style of expression is all up to you! It can vary from journaling, poetry, and even doodling counts!

Getting Fit

I’m sure you’ve seen or read this before but exercise is really a great stress reliever for people in recovery! Exercising releases natural endorphins or pleasure chemicals into the brain making you feel great. Not to mention it allows you to focus on a task at hand and whips your body into shape. You can also turn working out into a social event by inviting friends to join in.

Focus on the moment

Living in regret will only bring you more remorse and take away from your progress. Instead focus your energy on the current moment. Live to handle your present situation and how you can further improve yourself.A great technique will be to meditate for at least 15 minutes each day. Take this time to clear your mind of distractions and focus on your thoughts on creating positive energy.

DO NOT rationalize

One of the worst things a recovering addict can do when they are having a hard time is rationalize. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in recovery NEVER resort to rationalizing. This train of thought often leads you into relapse and eventually back to addiction. Signs you are rationalizing starts with phrases such as “What’s one drink?” or “I used to be way worse so one more time isn’t so bad”.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.