Making it through recovery is a remarkable achievement. If a loved one or you have made it through, then you know how much hard work it took—and making the most of your first year of sobriety can help ensure it doesn’t go to waste!
The first year of addiction recovery is a crucial time for building a healthier lifestyle, forming new routines, and maximizing the chances of overcoming addiction for good. While a clear head from sobriety definitely helps, there’s still a few things you should do to make the most of your first year of sobriety.
One of the first things you should do is identify triggers that could cause you to relapse. Note that you may develop new triggers even after recovery, and you should try to be as open and honest as possible when confronting them. Friends and family can also help you navigate and avoid your triggers.
Creating new routines is also key to a successful recovery—and a healthy life. New routines can help overcome triggers and old habits while providing you with a strong foundation for building a better life. Some examples include sticking to a consistent sleep schedule and incorporating regular exercise and hobbies into your daily routine.
Above all, take good care of yourself and celebrate your successes whenever possible. Recovery may not be easy, but getting through it is the best way to guarantee a happy and fulfilling life. Be sure to set realistic goals and nurture healthy and supportive relationships; there’s more people willing to help than you might realize!
Check out the infographic below for a complete addiction recovery checklist to help you make the most of your first year of sobriety. For more information on how an extended rehabilitation can help you stick to your goals, call the Adelante Recovery Center at (949) 427-9099.