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Taking Control in Recovery – Addiction may make someone feel like they are in control of life, living life to the fullest. The truth is that addiction takes the control out of a person’s hands and places a focus on a single thing, the addiction itself. When entering recovery it may seem impossible to take back that control at first, but it is possible. This article will share ten ways to take back control as part of your journey to recovery.
First, figure out what being in control means to you. If you cannot define control for yourself than you are unlikely to ever really gain it. Does control mean making your own money? Having a place to live that you are solely responsible for? Perhaps control is regaining a license or custody of your children? Whatever control means to you, you must define it and claim it as your own. If it helps, write out your personal meaning and post it around in places you can see it. This will serve as a reminder to keep working toward that control.
Next, accept your past as it cannot be changed. You have likely done or said things you regret, but everyone has in life. Keep control by apologizing where you can and moving past that point when you cannot correct it. If you need to take responsibility for something than do so, but if doing so would bring harm to others than it is best to simply move on in your journey. To add to this, you must accept your current position. While your current position may be far from ideal, it is what it is. You must accept where you are to figure out where to go next. This is the time you can set goals in life. Which leads to the nest phase.
Know what you value and prioritize in life. This is how you will know what to focus on in your goals. If you do not know your priorities you have no idea what you will work toward. It is hard to accomplish a goal you are not passionate about in life, especially big goals. So know what you value and what you are willing to put time into creating. In doing this you can identify specifically what needs changed.
If you prioritize freedom, but have no license than you need to take action to get a license. So you must create your plan for change. This can be through setting measurable goals, seeking help, or simply by working hard. You will have to decide for yourself what needs to happen to make your life better. As mentioned before, this will take motivation. Though motivation may not come readily, it is something that will come in time if you keep working toward your goals. As you meet small parts of the goal you become more motivated to achieve the final steps.
To do any of the above you must control your emotions. Some days will be good, others will not. Hold tight to the good days and let the bad ones go. Even setbacks can teach us a lesson if we allow them to as part of recovery. As you learn to manage your emotions you should also practice healthy self-care. This includes mental and physical health. If you can do this and focus on the skills described above then you can gain control and move forward. Are you willing to try?
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