6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

6 Ways that You Can Find Motivation for Recovery

Staying motivated during addiction recovery can be a struggle. Life breaks in after rehab ends, and the stressors of everyday living can derail even the most successful rehab journey. However, having an arsenal of coping strategies and getting involved in a support group can motivate someone on the road to recovery. Use the following six steps to maintain motivation during the recovery process.

Join a Support Group

Attending support group meetings regularly is one of the most important steps you or a loved one can take to stay motivated during recovery. After treatment ends, you need a support group that offers accountability so you can make good choices each day. A support group also provides a much-needed place for social interaction with people who have been where you are. Your support group can listen to and understand your struggles in a way that no one else can. They can also help you find ways to stay on track with your recovery success.

Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings throughout the recovery process is a great way to see how far you have come. A journal can also help you identify times and situations where cravings are intense, so you can design coping strategies for times when those feelings and cravings occur. You can also record your successes in the journal for encouragement during times of struggle.

Find Reasons to Celebrate

Finding reasons to celebrate without the use of alcohol or drugs is a great way to focus on the positive aspects of life. Making it through each day without relapsing is a celebration in and of itself, so mark a certain number of sober days to give yourself something to look forward to.

Keep Promises to Loved Ones

One of the hardest things about addiction is how it affects those around you. Keeping promises to your loved ones is a great motivator when you see their trust in you reforming and strengthening with each day you stay sober.

Make and Keep Appointments with Your Therapist

Continue to see your therapist even after treatment is over, because she can help you remember and implement the coping skills you learned in rehab. Your therapists can also help you in times of emergency, like when you need one person rather than a group to listen to you.

Keep A Thankful Journal

Addiction can devastate so many parts of your life that it may be hard to remember to be thankful while trying to get clean. However, learning to write down events in a thankful journal can give you a place to turn when you start believing that you have no reason to continue recovery. Being thankful, even for one more day to live, is a powerful motivator.

Find Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.

Need some helpful tips on how to live a healthy balanced lifestyle?

That Sober Guy Podcast, by Shane Ramer, concentrates on living a healthy, positive, sober lifestyle. Listen to what he has to say about having motivation through gratitude.