Your addiction has given you the opportunity to change your life.

Changing your life is what makes recovery both difficult and rewarding. Recovery is difficult because you have to change your life, and all change is difficult, even good change. Recovery is rewarding because you get the chance to change your life. Most people sleepwalk through life. They don’t think about who they are or what they want to be, and then one day they wake up and wonder why they aren’t happy.

If you use this opportunity for change, you’ll look back and think of your addiction as one of the best things that ever happened to you. People in recovery often describe themselves as grateful addicts. Why would someone be grateful to have an addiction? Because their addiction helped them find an inner peace and tranquility that most people crave. Recovery can help you change your life.

Relaxation is not an optional part of recovery. It’s essential to recovery. There are many ways to relax. They range from simple techniques like going for a walk, to more structured techniques like meditation. Meditation is an important part of that mix because the simple techniques don’t always work. If you’re under a lot of stress, you may need something more reliable like meditation. Use any of these techniques, or any combination. But do something everyday to relax, escape, reward yourself, and turn off the chatter in your mind.

Coping Skills

Two important coping skills for recovery are the ability to relax and manage stress, and the ability to change negative thinking.

Meditation and Counselling are now being used regularly in medicine. The evidence is overwhelming that they are effective in treating anxiety , mental health and addiction. When you’re tense you tend to do what’s familiar and wrong instead of what’s new and right. When you’re tense, you’re not open to change.

Cognitive and Behavioral counselling is important because negative thinking is a major cause of anxiety and depression which often underlie addiction. If you can change your thinking, you will improve your life.

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Call today and I will guide you to some effective change strategies

Linda

ICADC Addiction Counsellor

#recovery #intervention #lovefirst

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