Manage time, manage addiction
As many addicts devote huge amounts of their lives to acquiring and using drugs, we find ourselves with a lot of time on our hands after going through drug and alcohol treatment. This time should be dedicated to developing an active and healthy lifestyle without drugs, but difficult emotions often overwhelm us, causing procrastination or apathy despite a genuine desire to become healthier.
As such, it may be helpful for recovering addicts to learn time management strategies that help them regain control of what they do and when. During and after treatments for addiction, you’ll need to restructure your life around activities that promote long-term sobriety. Though the life of a drug addict is often very chaotic, the life of a recovering addict should not be.
Here are some tips that may help you better manage your time as you build a healthier life in New York or Princeton.
Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean that you’re productive.
After drug and alcohol treatment, the most important thing in your life should be staying sober. This may mean sometimes devoting more time to activities that will help you develop a healthier lifestyle than to your demanding professional or personal life. However, overworking yourself can cause stress that may lead to relapse, so be sure not to try to pack too much into each day. Yes, it’s important to keep your body active and your mind occupied to stave off the negative emotions that will inevitably arise during withdrawal, but overwhelming yourself will not help. There are many new activities and hobbies out there for you to try that will help you steer clear of using, but trying too many of them at once while also balancing the other important facets of your life may be detrimental. Be sure you give yourself some time to relax.
Use a planner.
In today’s smartphone-centric world this may not mean a daybook anymore, but be sure you have some tool that helps you allocate your time each day. By writing down or typing your activities for each hour of each day, you’ll give yourself a visual guide of the day’s activities and make yourself more likely to follow through with each of them at their given times. It may also be helpful to sit down each morning and write out a list of everything you hope to accomplish that day and prioritize each item. This will make it less overwhelming if a problem arises and help you decide what activity to bump if another one requires more time.
What doesn’t get done today can still be done tomorrow.
Recovering from addiction takes time. Though there are many things you may want to do as you begin to live a life free of your addiction, you will not be able to do everything at once. Just remember that recovery is a process and tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities. Don’t be frustrated if you can’t get everything done or if you may not get anything done.
By managing your time effectively and focusing on developing healthier habits and a healthier mindset, you can live the rest of your life free of addiction. Use these tips as a starting point for developing a time management strategy to beat your addiction.
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