24/7 Support Line

(954) 526-5776
Menu close
Get Help Now

Our Centers

  • Take the First Step in Las Vegas

    Desert Hope is a beautiful oasis with modern charm located in Las Vegas, Nevada. We provide all levels of care from detox, in-patient, outpatient and sober living.

    Visit Desert Hope Treatment Center Visit Desert Hope Treatment Center
  • A New Life Awaits

    Start your recovery at our spa-like facility in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Holistic therapies, chef-prepared meals, and LGBTQ+ support are among the many features of our premier drug and alcohol treatment program.

    Visit Greenhouse Treatment Center Visit Greenhouse Treatment Center
  • The Best Place to Recover in Orange County

    Laguna Treatment Hospital is located in Orange County, CA. The first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital in the OC, we offer safe medical detox, mental health support, and wellness programs.

    Visit Laguna Treatment Hospital Visit Laguna Treatment Hospital
  • Start Recovery at Our Southern Resort

    Take a step back from your life and get the help you need at our premier drug and alcohol addiction center. Nestled in the countryside 1.5 hours from Memphis, Oxford gives you the support you need in a calm and beautiful setting.

    Visit Oxford Treatment Center Visit Oxford Treatment Center
  • Recovery Forecast includes Tropical Weather

    Your recovery can start at either of two premier drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the Greater Miami area - Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL. Our specialties include treatment for veterans and first responders.

    Visit Recovery First Treatment Center Visit Recovery First Treatment Center
  • Sunny Florida Welcomes You

    Retreat to the sunny climate of Tampa, Florida for a stay at the standard of treatment facilities in Tampa, FL. We offer customized care plans to help you on your recovery journey.

    Visit River Oaks Treatment Center Visit River Oaks Treatment Center
  • Helping New Englanders Find Recovery for Over 30 years

    Escape to the countryside to recovery in New Jersey’s premier drug rehab & treatment center. Located only an hour from New York City.

    Visit Sunrise House Treatment Center Visit Sunrise House Treatment Center

Making Time for Recovery Part 2

In part 1 of Making Time for Recovery we discussed the importance of exercise and nutrition as part of a daily recovery program for addiction or alcoholism. And while it might seem like more of a health “convenience” to eat right and exercise, it’s actually a critical part of staying sober, and if neglected can lead to relapse. However, there’s a lot more to a daily recovery plan than watching what you eat, exercising and drinking plenty of water. In order to stay sober you need to develop social connections and meaningful relationships, manage clinical symptoms of the disease of addiction and make time for the spiritual side of life.

2.) The social aspects of recovery

*Relationships

Whether a recovering addict or not, human relationships are the most important things that we have in life. The most intense and dynamic of these – the relationships between us and our families and romantic partners – are generally the single most important driving force in a person’s life. This is why interventions for drug addiction or alcoholism are generally so effective – because the people closest to us have a powerful influence on our behaviors.

This can be an especially difficult part of working a daily recovery plan because in some cases it means that an addict will need to change the state of their relationships with some people. In many instances this also means cutting off contact with people that once supported a drug habit or were abusive or severely dysfunctional in some way (and unlikely to change). For some people this might also mean to abstain from romantic relationships for a short period of time – a common and accepted practice by many addiction-recovery organizations and groups. According to William Berry, an addiction education consultant;

“Addicts do not enter recovery with healthy self-esteem.” “This affects their perception of what attributes they are bringing to the relationship bargaining table.” “If they do not feel very good about themselves, or if their belief that they feel good about themselves is instead a defense mechanism, they will not expect much in return for what they bring.” (1)

Recovery Hotline 1-800-706-9190

As a result of these and other complications that can result from a relationship too early in recovery, many experts and experienced recovering addicts advise against relationships for the first year of a recovery program.

*Friendships and acquaintances

After rehab has been completed and a newly recovering addict rejoins their community, they often find that the “friends” they used to have are either:

a.) No longer willing to participate in the relationship

Or

b.) Not willing or able to support the addict’s recovery

In some cases an addict may need to cultivate an entirely new set of friendships and associations. This means avoiding former using buddies and people that could be a trigger for relapse. It also means finding new friends and acquaintances that will provide healthy relationships that will buoy a daily recovery program and anchor the addict firmly in reality.

*Support networks

Support networks of like-minded people in recovery are crucial for developing a lasting and successful daily recovery program. This can include 12 Step groups like NA or AA, Al-Anon, and other support groups for people with addictions. This is especially important for people in early recovery, who can learn from the advice given by more experienced addicts and alcoholics in recovery.

To learn more about what it takes to work on a daily recovery plan, please see part 3 of this article series. In it we’ll discuss the clinical/symptomatic and spiritual aspects of a recovery from addiction or alcoholism program.

If you or someone you love has recently relapsed or you need help for a drug problem, please call the number at the top of your screen for a free, confidential consultation right now. We are a group of addiction experts whose primary mission is to help you put your Recovery First.

(1) Berry, William MS, CAP Love, Sex, Relationships, and Early Addiction Recovery

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Recovery First is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed thousands... Read More