Recovery takes time, focus, support and most of all actions. Actively doing activities, exercises and daily recovery practices will positively support and promote your recovery each and every day, keeping you grounded and on track.
What is the purpose of daily recovery practices?
Passive recovery and hoping things will change and work out without putting in the recovery work will be fruitless and lead to slipping back into an addiction cycle. To quote the twelve step mantra about active recovery, ‘it works – if you work it’. These recovery practices and rituals will reinforce your overall recovery goals, not just for abstinence and sobriety but for moving towards a place where you are living a fulfilling life far beyond the stress and trauma of addiction.
Recovery really is about consistency and every small daily practice you do for your recovery moves your forward.
An addiction counsellor or sponsor can guide you through the many different types of good recovery practices and exercises. Some of the more common ones are journaling, keeping a diary, gratitude lists, learning, list making, support groups, reflection, mediation, workbooks, reading, therapy and physical exercise. (Read – The Daily Recovery Ritual of Tracking Your Sobriety) Of course as with all new learned skills, it will take you time to work out what works best for you, your personality and your own unique skill set.
For example, you may not be an avid reader and choose to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Then there are people who will enjoy writing daily in a recovery diary or journal and others who are not natural writers and prefer to use a recovery app instead which has lots of similar features to a diary.
As you progress in your recovery, you will learn new and clever ways to stay focused and motivated in your recovery that you never knew about when you began. Recovery really is about consistency and every daily small practice you do for your recovery moves your forward. Recovery activities will keep your grounded and focused especially on the more challenging days. Find out more about how addiction counselling can support you through a recovery process here.