4) Find effective ways in which to manage your cravings – Cravings are a normal and expected part of early recovery. Rather than get down on yourself whenever you experience a craving, do what you can to combat it. Depending on your personal needs and requirements, this might look like calling a sober friend and talking it through, going on a long jog, hitting a 12 step meeting or sharing about it in your IOP group.
5) Find a hobby that you thoroughly enjoy and participate in this hobby as often as you can – One of the best ways to maintain a positive outlook is by filling your free time with things you enjoy doing – things that make you feel fulfilled and good about yourself. One of the most wonderful things about drug addiction recovery is the newfound ability to engage in activities you enjoy. Replace laying in bed until 3pm with surfing or paddleboarding; replace long nights blacked out at the local bar with salsa lessons. The world is your oyster! Go have fun.
6) Find ways to relax. Tension and stress lend themselves to negative thinking – If you start to feel overwhelmed, do what you need to do to relax. This might look like taking a bubble bath, reading a book, taking a yoga class, listening to your favorite music or engaging in meditation and breathing exercises. When you are relaxed, you become more inclined to engage in positive thinking.
7) Take care of your physical health and well-being – Get enough sleep every night, be sure that you’re eating three balanced meals a day and try to squeeze in exercise whenever you can. If you are feeling physical pain, speak with someone about it. Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a common part of early drug addiction recovery. When symptoms of PAWS are not being effectively treated, they can compromise mental well-being. Speak with an addiction specialist or healthcare professional about how to best manage symptoms.