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Practicing Self-Care in Addiction Recovery
Take care of yourself during recovery. Find out what you can do to improve your health during and afterdrug and alcohol treatment.
By: Inspire Malibu
Start with the Easy Tasks
Self-care helps you maintain your health. It can be as easy as brushing your teeth, washing your laundry, taking a shower, and even cleaning your living space. These might not seem like a lot. But taking care of yourself and your home environment is a good step in the right direction. It also means you're starting to care about more things than alcohol or drugs. It's a preventive measure, one that helps strengthen your mental strength and resolve.
Embrace the Activities
It's not enough to enroll in a drug and alcohol treatment program. You need to participate in the activities. Some addiction recovery centers offer outdoor programs, holistic approaches, and more. Have you given these programs serious consideration?
You're Not Selfish
People struggle with self-care, too, though. If you have a hard time being forgiving or compassionate to yourself, this is something you need to work on. You might think taking care of yourself is selfish after all the trouble your addiction has caused, after all the worry you've put your loved ones through. But don't forget about yourself and your needs. You can only interact with others and give them your all if you've also taken care of yourself. No one can pour from an empty cup.
Don't Rush It
You're doing the best you can. Don't compare your pace with other participants or residents in the program. To each his own pace. Make your recovery the priority. Once your physical condition is better, you can start working on fixing other things, like establishing healthy boundaries or asking for help when you need it—before it's too late.