Recovery is an opportunity to start over and make your life what you always dreamed it would be. However, you may be skeptical while navigating this process because you don’t trust yourself. After all, how can you trust your gut when it led you down the path of addiction? Learning how to make the right decisions in recovery is a skill that comes with time and experience. Eventually, you will be able to trust your gut and make decisions that benefit your life. Consider these tips as you navigate this process.
Accept Your Past Mistakes and Forgive Yourself
You cannot move forward in recovery if you constantly live in guilt due to your past mistakes. Taking responsibility for your actions and recognizing how your choices negatively impacted your life is a significant step towards making the right choices in recovery. Forgive yourself for not knowing better, and move towards doing better in recovery.
Picture Your Future
An excellent way to help you navigate decisions in recovery is by picturing what you want your future to look like. You know that returning to drugs and alcohol will negatively impact your life, so you can use this knowledge to turn down offers to hang out with old friends you once used substances with. You know that exercising, going to a support group, and participating in sober hobbies will help your recovery, so you can use this knowledge to plan your daily routine. As you learn, make mental or physical notes on how you can boost your recovery moving forward.
Lean on Your Sober Support Network
When in doubt, turn to those that understand what you are going through. By talking to a sober friend, you can receive honest advice on making decisions in recovery. These individuals can empathize with you on a level that no one else can, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you are struggling. They can help you make important decisions regarding your sobriety and keep you motivated to stay on the right path.
Navigating making the right choices in recovery can be challenging at first, especially when you aren’t sure you can trust yourself. However, there are steps to take over time to grow your confidence in recovery and lead you to make the right decisions for your sobriety. If you need guidance during this process, Alta Loma Transformational Services is here to help. Our patients include men of all ages and backgrounds, and we offer comprehensive treatment programs to help them be successful in recovery. To learn more about our programs and take your first step towards healing, call us at (866) 457-3843.