National recovery month is observed every September to spread awareness about the disease of addiction and to educate Americans about substance use treatment and mental health services available to promote recovery. Recovery month aims to share the message that there is hope for overcoming drug and alcohol use disorders. White Sands Treatment Center is standing with the millions of Americans whose lives have been affected by addiction to encourage others to understand that through prevention and treatment individuals with substance use disorders can live healthy, rewarding lives in recovery.
According to the government Recovery Month organization, “Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.”
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment helps you break free of physical dependence and address the underlying issues that led to your addiction. Staying sober requires effort and determination, but following these tips can help along the way.
- Rely on aftercare. You’ll leave treatment with an aftercare plan to help you transition to daily life. It was developed with your specific needs in mind and is designed to help you stay sober. Follow the advice it provides, and if it’s not working, seek help from your treatment center to have it revised.
- Volunteer your time. Get involved with a charity that you believe in. Volunteering your time allows you to do something good for others and see how you have the power to do positive things in this world. Plus, staying busy will help you stay distracted.
- Attend meetings. AA meetings and other support groups can be highly beneficial throughout life. These meetings allow you to talk to other people who understand your struggles and give you a network that can help you spot warning signs of relapse and get help when you need it. You’ll learn more tools and skills through meetings that can help you remain steadfast in your commitment to sober living.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever and can help you work out tension and frustration that might have caused you to use in the past. Taking care of yourself through workouts is also like investing in yourself. When the temptation to use or drink arises, you’re more likely to think that you don’t want to ruin your hard work and risk harm to your body.
- Improve your environment. Have someone remove any drug paraphernalia from your home before you return. If you are worried that living back in your old neighborhood will put you in contact with people who will encourage you to use or drink, consider staying with a sober friend or family member and investigate your options for relocating.
- Pay attention to signs of relapse. A relapse begins well before you resume drug use or take a drink. There are emotional and mental signs that indicate you’re in danger of resuming habits. Being self-aware and able to recognize these signs can help you seek help in a timely manner, so you can keep to your commitment to sober living. Educate yourself about relapse and write in a journal daily about your thoughts and feelings. The simple self exploration can help you spot relapse warning signs early.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
About the Author
Mark is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.