The transition period that follows drug or alcohol recovery is an important one. During this crucial intermediary phase, you embark on a life free of drugs and alcohol dependency and set the tone for the new, sober life ahead of you. By creating a transition-friendly environment, you can maximize your success as a recovered individual, taking the growth and achievement you accomplished during treatment and putting it into action in your everyday existence.
Creating a Transition-Friendly Environment
Here are a few ways to create a transition-friendly environment, to foster your new sober lifestyle after you have recovered from alcohol or drug dependency.
Remove Reminders of Dependency
The first key to a transition-friendly environment is to ensure that you have removed triggers for drug and alcohol use. Talk to roommates or family members about removing drugs or alcohol from your home, and clear away paraphernalia, posters, or memorabilia that reminds you of your dependent past. Eliminate any negative visual reminders that trigger feelings of low self-worth or shame. If need be, ask a sober coach to accompany you to your home in order to purge your living environment of these triggers.
Feng Shui Your Environment
Translated from the Chinese as “wind-water,” feng shui is the art of balancing the energy of your environment. By situating furniture, wall decorations, and other items strategically throughout your home, you can facilitate life-flow energy known as “chi,” to create a sense of psychological harmony.
Stay Socially Connected
Many people make the mistake of isolating themselves during the transition period. This is a time to rejoin the world and your circle of friends, relating to others in a fresh and authentic way. Make sure to plan social engagements with positive people, and begin to attend activities and functions that open up connections with others.
Create a Restful Environment
Sleep and rest are two of the most important components of sober living. Make sure that your bedroom has an adequate light blockage, and decorate your sleeping area with fabrics, wall hangings, and scents that induce a sense of peace. Create a meditation space in your living area or outdoors, with a mat or comfortable chair where you can read, think, or meditate on positive things.
Boost Your Spirits
Spiritual connections lie at the heart of recovery. Nurture your soul with time set aside for walking in nature, reading ancient scriptures, and visualizing positive energy. Write down positive affirmations or inspirational quotations and place them on the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. Make a mix tape of inspirational music to bring a sense of spirituality and centeredness to your environment.
Purchase a calendar or day planner to begin to budget your time and appointments. Clear away clutter and consolidate your belongings, keeping those that are meaningful, sentimental and useful. File important papers for easy access, and organize your belongings to save time and energy. This will allow you to streamline your new, sober life and make your transition period smoother.
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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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