Tools are necessary for all types of projects. Whether you are using a drill to build a shed or a food processor to prep dinner, these tools are essential to speed up the results and allow you to complete the necessary tasks. In the same way, specific tools can be used to optimize addiction recovery and improve the results of the treatment program.
It can be a challenge to work through any type of addiction. But, a few resources can go a long way to help you reach your goals. Building a tool chest of strategies to avoid your addiction triggers can be a valuable way to stay on track.
What are the Tools in Your Toolbox?
As you are working with an addiction recovery counselor, pay attention to the tools that you are given to overcome the negative behaviors. Often, programs are focused on the daily habits and tasks that will add up to the bigger results that you desire. Here are a few common tools that you might utilize:
- Regular Therapy Appointments: Even if you feel like you have control of the addictive behaviors, it can be helpful to maintain regular appointments with your counselor or therapist. Over time, the frequency of these appointments will likely decrease. But, it can be beneficial to have occasional meetings as needed.
- Friends and Family Support: The support that comes from friends and family is a valuable tool to help you stay on track. Focus on building those relationships. If needed, invite your family members to participate in the addiction recovery program so that they understand more about your unique situation. In some circumstances, you might even have a sponsor that you can turn to in the difficult moments.
- Coping Techniques: When you are faced with an addiction trigger, what do you do to deal with the situation? You need to have a few coping techniques that can be used if you are tempted to slip back into old patterns. Find something that works for you! Sometimes, it is as simple as taking a few deep breaths and then removing yourself from the situation.
- Creativity Outlets: Connection and creativity can be powerful tools to work through emotions. Look for art, music, or any other hobby that can keep you busy in your free time.
Do you need help finding the right tools to support your recovery? Talk to the experts here at The Center for Life Change: (951) 775-4000