3 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Recovery in 2018

By The Fix staff 01/17/18

Make this the year that you delve further into your recovery, doing the tough internal work and supplementing it with fun activities.

 A woman's face, towards the sun, chin in hand.

New year, new you. It may seem cliche, but if 2018 is your first full year in recovery that statement has never been more true. However, as you know, building a life in recovery is an ongoing process. It involves work, sure, but you also want it to remain fresh and fun so that your recovery and sobriety practices are things you look forward to.

Make this the year that you delve further into your recovery, doing the tough internal work and supplementing it with fun activities. After all, you’ve earned the gift of sobriety and now is the time to take advantage. Whether you’ve recently become sober or you’ve been in recovery for years, here are three ways to bring your recovery to the next level during 2018.

Give Mindfulness a Try.

It seems like “mindfulness” is a buzzword that is everywhere these days. Mindfulness has many different forms, from meditation to yoga to a walk, but the main goal is to focus entirely on the present moment. Because of this, mindfulness is a natural fit for people who are in recovery, taking their sobriety one step at a time. In fact, some studies have shown that having a mindfulness practice can reduce relapse rates and improve outcomes for people in sobriety.

To get started, try downloading one of the many mindfulness apps that are available. These will give you guided meditations or breathing exercises that can be done in just five or ten minutes. If you’re ready for a more intense experience, check out a recovery-based mindfulness program. Here you can learn specific ways of incorporating mindfulness practices into your sobriety, which will help keep your emotions in check when things get tough.

Connect with Your Alumni Program.

As you transition from early recovery and begin establishing your new lifestyle, it’s important to stay connected with peers who understand exactly what you’re going through. Meetings are a great way to connect with people and explore the ups and downs of a sober life, but they tend to be fairly serious.

Alumni programs, on the other hand, allow you to connect with your peers in recovery to just hang out and have fun. Whether you’re going bowling or heading to a barbecue, events with your alumni association allow you to kick back and socialize without having to worry about being the odd one out or needing to explain your sobriety to anyone. Of course, if you need more serious support, your alumni program can connect you with that as well.

Continue to Prioritize Your Mental Health.

Many people who struggle with substance abuse disorder also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. It’s important to remember to focus on your mental health this year, in addition to building up your sobriety.

This year, continue to strengthen your mental health by engaging with treatment and doing all the necessary work to continue your growth. This might mean trying a new type of therapy, or giving group sessions a go. Sustaining good mental health is an important way to build a solid foundation for your sobriety.

Sustaining your recovery is hard work, but it’s also the most important thing you’ll ever do. This is more true now than ever with powerful synthetic drugs killing thousands of people every month. This year, take time to reflect on how far you’ve come, and keep moving forward to build the fulfilling sober life that you deserve.

Banyan Treatment Centers provides growth through recovery in locations in Chicago, Boston and throughout Florida. Find more information here, connect with the center on Facebook or call for help at 888-241-1663.

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

The Fix staff consists of the editor-in-chief and publisher, a senior editor, an associate editor, an editorial coordinator, and several contributing editors and writers. Articles in Professional Voices, Ask an Expert, and similar sections are written by doctors, psychologists, clinicians, professors and other experts from universities, hospitals, government agencies and elsewhere. For contact and other info, please visit our About Us page.