What’s the biggest challenge you will face in recovery? If you said anything besides “YOU” then you are wrong! That’s right, your worst enemy in recovery, the one that is likely sabotaging your rehabilitation and making things worse is YOU.
It’s not your friends, it’s not a poor home life or a dysfunctional family that ruins your recovery goals. It’s not the rehabilitation program or the fact that you chose the wrong time to get help. The only thing that can truly ruin your recovery efforts is you. So what can you do to fix this wrong and make it right?
Addiction is a selfless act of sabotage to one’s body. The decision to use drugs is your choice and the decision to stop and to get well is also up to you. Here are some things that you might be doing to ruin your recovery efforts:
Not believing in yourself. This includes saying things like “I can’t do it” or “I’ll never be happy”
Feeling sorry for yourself. This includes having pity on yourself because you were abused, suffered a loss or otherwise had a difficult life.
Being ego-centric. This includes thinking that you are too good for rehab or that you can fight addiction on your own.
Isolating yourself. This includes removing yourself from family activities, staying away from support groups or otherwise isolating yourself from others.
Taking on too much. You may be in recovery but you can’t take on too much at once or else you’ll build your stress level and could risk relapse.
Too much time on your hands. Just like you can’t take on too much, boredom can also increase your risk of relapse.
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