Giving Yourself a Recovery Check-Up

Giving Yourself a Recovery Check-Up

No matter where you are on your recovery journey, you may always be tempted by the sight and smell of alcohol

Living a life of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction requires a lifetime commitment to a day-to-day journey. As with other journeys in life, it is important to periodically take inventory of how things are progressing. Are you having more bad days than good, or is the will to remain clean and sober winning over the temptation to use again? Having open and honest conversations with your therapist and with yourself can help you get a clear picture of your progress and any areas where you need more help. Taking time to do a recovery-check up is an important way to help prevent relapse. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:

Are You Avoiding High-Risk Situations?

One of the best ways to protect your recovery is by avoiding high-risk situations where drugs and alcohol may be present. No matter where you are on your recovery journey, you may always be tempted by the sight and smell of alcohol or the memory of the feelings of euphoria that drugs like oxycodone produce. Being in the same place with your drug of choice may always be too big of a temptation for you. If you find yourself attending parties or gatherings where drugs and alcohol are present, you may be setting yourself up for a recovery set back. Over-confidence in your ability to say “no” to the substances that held you captive before treatment can quickly set you up for failure. If you find yourself becoming more and more comfortable around drugs and alcohol, you may need to attend extra support groups meetings or additional therapy sessions to determine why this setback keeps occurring.

Are You Protecting Your Health?

One of the first steps down the slippery slope of relapse is neglecting your health. During rehab treatment you learned the importance of caring for both your body and your mind when it comes to healing from addiction. If you are no longer getting quality sleep and are letting day-to-day stresses tempt you with poor food choices, your body will quickly become weakened to the temptation to use a substance just to get through the day. Are you skipping meals? Substituting healthy foods for quick, high-sugar and high-fat options? Are you eating on the run or not at all? Have you fallen into the habit of too much screen time before bed and not getting enough exercise? The answers to these questions can indicate patterns of behavior that could quickly lead to relapse if not kept in check.

Are You Finding Ways to Avoid Stress?

Stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to addiction and relapse. When a person has extreme levels of stress in his or her life, it becomes easier to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. People use drugs and alcohol as a way of escape and a way to relax. Without a proactive plan to reduce stress, you are setting yourself up for failure when it comes to avoiding relapse. As part of your rehab treatment plan, you and your therapist talked about the important of positive coping strategies when it comes to avoiding drugs or alcohol. Take time to review those coping strategies and stress-reduction techniques. Are you walking and meditating each day? Are you limiting your contact with those who bring stress into your life? Have you ended relationships that contributed to your addiction and are you still committed to keeping those unhealthy relationships out of your life? Are you adding activities to your life that bring you joy, and are you spending enough time with your support group? These are all important ways to eliminate the stress that can lead to relapse.

Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

Being honest with yourself about where you are in your recovery journey may be the most important thing you can do to avoid relapse. A person who is honest knows and admits when he or she is having a bad day. Taking a long, hard look at what has created the bad day and taking steps to change it can help stop out-of-control behavior before it starts. Honesty helps you to recognize when things need to change. Honesty helps you connect in authentic ways with others in your support group so the help you receive from them and give to them is genuine and life changing. You may not like the answers to your own questions when you are being honest, but those answers may be just what you need to stay on the road to a drug-free life.

Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with an addiction to prescription drugs like oxycodone, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.