8 Ways to Keep Motivated in Recovery

8 Ways to Keep Motivated in Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“If who you are and what you have is what you want, that’s perfect. Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll get more of it.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

The majority of people who get out of rehab and either go into sober living or return home usually experience a great deal of motivation and inspiration. They typically feel the desire to push forward and create a better life for themselves than when they entered rehab. Without much support or guidance, many people struggle to stay motivated in addiction recovery. A strong community of individuals who genuinely care about you can be a reliable source of encouragement is essential. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we provide our clients with a wonderful aftercare program to help prepare them for life after rehab. We include a wide variety of resources so that when you return home from rehab, you are not alone.

We encourage anyone who is in recovery to try these 8 helpful tips to keep your motivation levels going strong.

  1. Start your day with a morning workout to help improve and maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.
  2. Surround yourself with a supportive group of influences who you can lean on, laugh with, and enjoy a sense of community.
  3. Step out of your comfort zone and try a healthy new habit that helps you exercise your creative abilities such as handcrafting, creative writing, pottery, poetry, filmmaking, photography, environmental cleanup, web design, or interior decorating.
  4. Strive to learn new skills for self and professional improvement to help you advance your career and improve your personal life. Get new certificates online in your field of work. Read and study in your downtime to gain knowledge in areas of your interests.
  5. Practice meditation in the evening to help calm and relax your mind and body. Regular meditation provides many benefits such as relief from depression, anxiety, helps generates kindness, promotes emotional health, and balance. Meditation has also shown to help lower blood pressure and combat cravings to drugs and alcohol.
  6. Volunteer your time to help others. Keeping a positive attitude in recovery is a great way to help prevent relapse. By not dwelling on negative thoughts and emotions to redirect that energy into something more meaningful and when applied to help deliver goodness to other people, well, you help make the world a better place.
  7. Step up your self-care game by practicing better wellness rituals such as blocking out time and space for yourself to enjoy a massage, facial, a manicure and pedicure, get a hair cut, take a long hot bath with lavender and soft music, or enjoy the day just to yourself relaxing or roaming around your city in bookstores and cafes.
  8. Set achievable daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Create a to-do list every night for the next day so you can adequately plan and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Make it a habit to check in with your personal and professional goals daily and weekly to be sure you’re staying on the right track.
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How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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