“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” -Dr. Suess
The recovery process is not an easy one. That’s because, escaping the pain of addiction causes withdrawal. In the end it’s worth it, but during the healing process, it’s hell. A key to recovering is for the addict and his or her loved ones to remain as positive as they possibly can. It will not always be easy. In fact, it will be very, very hard. In this blog, let’s talk about getting creative in recovery. If an addict incorporates these ideas into his or her recovery process, it will make for a brighter, happier time.
Why should an addict consider creativity? Well, doctors say it improves mental clarity. Without the alcohol and/or drugs, cognitive functioning will be better than ever. The addict may even develop new, positive character traits. This all takes time and dedication, but it’s worth it.
Getting Creative in Recovery
Here are some ideas to get creative with…
#1. Keep a Journal
By keeping a journal throughout the recovery process, an addict can keep track of his or her emotions, his or her accomplishments, and his or her ideas. Just jotting a few notes a day helps the mind repair itself.
Meditation will increase mindfulness and peace. Yoga classes and “you time” are perfect times to do meditate. This can even lead a person to creative success and mental clarity.
#3. Overcome Fears
Try new things! An addict should not let the fear of trying something new and positive to sway he or she from doing it. Instead of feeling fear and defeat, he or she can feel accomplishment and success… and then document it in his or her daily journal to remember the good feelings.
#4. Develop Character
Sobriety really shows the addict and his or her loved ones who the person really is. It brings them back to life! A good way for someone going through recovery to develop character is to make a chart or a list of goals. Then, write steps and timelines to accomplish these goals. An addict can be anything he or she wants to be without the chains of addiction.
#5. Find Sober Friends
This will help an addict thrive. Instead of negative friends who pull the person down, he or she will have positive friends who life them up. This will be life changing and inspiring. Good friends with similar interests are just what someone who is going through recovery needs.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.