Addiction treatment is a time when an individual can work on becoming a better version of themselves by developing skills that may have been lost or thwarted by addictive behaviors. One of the skills that an individual who wishes to have a successful recovery needs to develop is self care. Self care techniques help individuals in recovery because many people stuck in the cycle of active addiction have concurring mental health issues which can affect the way a person loves and takes care of themselves. Learning self care techniques thorough treatment is proven to help individuals have a better chance at successful recovery, provide a healthier mental state, and offer a better chance for a life of well-being.

Why are Self Care Techniques Important During Recovery?

It may seem that addiction treatment is about quitting the use and abuse of the drug an individual has developed an addiction. Although this is correct, it is not the only important aspect of treatment. Without self care, an individual who has attended drug and alcohol addiction treatment may not have the success outside of treatment walls they were hoping for. It takes dedication to better the self to remain successful throughout recovery, and self care techniques can help motivate individuals to keep their best interests in mind.

Physical Self Care Techniques

Getting the Right Amount of Sleep- Sleep is important for many bodily functions including memory, recall, and other cognitive efforts. Without the right amount of sleep, your body isn’t functioning up to par. This means you will be more likely to make irrational decisions throughout recovery due to a lack of sleep. Set a sleep schedule to keep to so that you are sure that you’re getting enough sleep to stay on track of your self care efforts.

Getting the Right Amount of Exercise- Exercise not only helps our bodies to function well but also helps our minds to function well. Getting proper exercise helps the release of endorphins, which aid our minds in releasing chemicals that we use to manage our emotions. With managed emotions, individuals in recovery are more likely to make decisions that better themselves.

Getting the Right Nutrition- Along with exercise and sleep, nutrition plays a vital role in physical self care. Eating nutritious foods sets our bodies up for success so that they can function at a level that is well enough to fight the damaging effects of past addictive behaviors. Since using drugs can have a toll on the body, eating right in recovery is a big part of self care techniques.

Emotional Self Care Techniques

Setting Healthy Boundaries- A big reason why many individuals relapse in early recovery is that they failed to set healthy boundaries in their personal relationships. Your relationships say a lot about you, and play a major role in the decisions that you make throughout daily life. Make sure the relationships that are important in your life understand your need for a life in recovery and support you in achieving this goal. These boundaries can help you take care of yourself by reducing the possibility of relapsing.

Learn to Enjoy your Own Company- Obviously, this goal is much more challenging to accomplish than state. But, those who develop self-love in recovery are more likely to hold their sobriety dear to their hearts because they know how important it is to remain the individual they have grown to love. Start by writing every day in a journal to yourself and list the blessings in your life. This not only allows you to get to know yourself better but works on establishing gratitude for recovery.

Get Help when you Need It- It can be difficult to admit that you need help. There are going to be times throughout addiction treatment and recovery that are challenging. Take these moments as a learning experience and seek to talk to someone that is willing to listen to you, whether counselor or peer.

Ready to learn more about self care techniques that you can utilize throughout recovery? Give the Discovery Institute a call today at 888-616-7177 or visit our website to learn more about our programs and facility!

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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