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Recovery will always have ups and downs, but if you feel like you have been stuck in rut for too long and it is starting to threaten your ability to stay sober, you can make changes that allow you to fall back in love with recovery. The more connected you feel with the direction you are taking in life and the people who are traveling your path with you, the better able you will be to experience the joy that makes recovery worthwhile.
Here are a few ways to make it happen.
Recovery is not something you can do halfway, and most of the benefits come when you fully commit to incorporating the principles, therapies, and treatments into everyday life. There are a number of ways to commit yourself to recovery, but it usually includes making a big loud commitment when you need to reconnect and then a renewed commitment each day by showing up.
Whether you choose to meditate on your gratitude for a long period every day or stop briefly once or twice a day to consider what you are grateful for in that particular moment, choosing to live in the blessings of life stops you from spending too much time thinking about challenges you are facing.
Stop. Breathe. Step back. When life becomes tedious or overwhelming, just pause and consider how far you have come.
When you have a focus and a project to keep yourself actively engaged, you are more likely to feel excited and energetic about your recovery.
Persistence is the key to recovery. Just show up and keep showing up to maintain your commitment.
When you have others who are “on your team” and also working toward their own goals in recovery, it can be motivating and help you to stay on track.
When you reach a goal, shout it from the rooftops. Letting other people congratulate you and share in your joy can help you to stay in that “in love” space in recovery for longer.