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How to balance your health after recovery

Let’s face it… we’ve all been overwhelmed before- it’s a normal part of life. Leaving an addiction treatment facility can be scary. Having gone through therapy and treatment required a great deal of sacrifice and change in your life. The truth is, getting rid of the addictive substance is the easy part- changing your behaviours is the hard part. For this reason, it is important to take care of yourself when you leave our facility. Recovery isn’t about addressing a problem and creating a temporary solution, it’s about making a lasting impact in your substance-free life.
The main thing to focus on after treatment is yourself; including your mental, emotional, and physical health. It can be difficult to stay on track and stay positive when adapting to a new lifestyle. Balancing your health with relationships, a job, family, friends, or whatever it may be can be stressful. How can you avoid this feeling? Know your limits and set boundaries. As generic as it sounds, this will promote a balance. At the beginning, this will be difficult to envision and create. It is normal to feel confused and stressed about life after treatment. Here is a guideline of steps that you can follow to prevent feelings of doubt in your recovery process:
1. Know your limits. We’ve all experienced maximum stress! To promote self-care, it is important to not overwork yourself. Try to reflect on times that you’ve had too much on your plate. What can you do differently this time around?
2. Set boundaries. In completing the previous step, create a set of rules to follow. For example, if you work 40 hours a week, have family commitments, and participate in weekly soccer clubs, getting another part-time job is probably not the best idea! You need to set limits in order to keep your mental health in tact.
3. Participate in continuing care. At Cedars, we are proud to introduce our patients to post-treatment group therapies that incorporate people of diverse addiction backgrounds and treatment lengths. Taking part in weekly group therapy discussions will promote a positive mindset in your journey to recovery and will encourage a balanced and positive mindset.
4. Prioritize. In relation to the previous steps, create a list of your top three priorities in life. Focus on completing the things on this list; the result should not only get the job done, but will allow you to grow in these specific fields.
5. Set Goals. Whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or even long-term, setting goals can put you on track to creating a healthy life after recovery. Just picture it… the feeling of checking something off the list: an accomplishment… so satisfying, am I right?! Whether it is a small or a big goal, it will drive you to stay positive and achieve what you set out for. The best way to accomplish these is to set time frames, that way you can have a better handle of managing your time at a speed that works with your specified addiction recovery.
Even though it seems hard, creating a bright future is easier than it seems. All it takes is a positive mind frame and the desire to create what you want. What are you waiting for? Take control of your future now!

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Specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, Cedars at Cobble Hill also provide treatment for other process addictions including eating disorders and gambling.