You went to the top rated drug rehab center in New Jersey at Discovery Institute. You learned that nothing you have done or will do in the future will change the fact that you, like everyone else deserves a sober and healthy life. You also learned that it is okay not to be perfect.

When you get home from addiction treatment in New Jersey– medical detox and rehab – you may notice that sometimes it feels like everyone around you expects perfection, or at least like the culture of our society doesn’t like it when we make mistakes. But no one can be perfect.


Discovery InstituteDon’t Expect From Yourself What You Would Never Ask of A Friend

Even if your boss, your elder at church, or your sister seem exacerbated by your occasional mistake or bad judgement, you don’t have to assume that the expectation is perfection. Those people aren’t with you in every moment of the day. The only person who can know your every action is you! The most important thing is that you are happy with your choices. When you make a mistake or discover that the choice you made was made in poor judgement the best thing you can do is learn from the experience.


Beating Yourself Up For Making Mistakes Can Lead To Relapse

If you mess up, don’t let it pull you down.

When you’re recovering from addiction it can feel like all eyes are on you. At work, at home, out with friends. It can feel like they are all waiting for you to mess up. But nobody’s infallible. Everyone screws up. And probably no one is waiting on you to fail. That sense of self consciousness is very normal in people with a substance addiction.

The saying goes, if you fall off the horse, go ahead and get up, dust yourself off, and get back on.  Don’t lay down and waste away, suffering. Plan now to not let small mistakes get you down. Having a plan for when mistakes happen will help you keep that tendency toward perfectionism in check.


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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