Substance abuse recovery.
Substance abuse recovery is a long and difficult process. Working to get your life back on track during a period of substance abuse recovery is never easy. For some, it takes months or years to get to a place of comfort and stability. You may not have help from friends or family, which can be overwhelming in itself, or you may be starting over in a new city where nothing is familiar. In any case, you’ll want to give yourself all the tools you need to be successful during this phase of your life.
It’s also imperative that you take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Knowing how to handle and cope with stress and anxiety will help you get through any situation without fear of relapse, and taking care of your body will help you feel strong and healthy enough to take on anything that comes your way.
Presented by the Philadelphia Addiction Center, Read on for a few tips on how to start a new career and get your life back on track during recovery.
Start your own business and help yourself during substance abuse recovery.
While it’s not an easy feat, starting your own business could be the best way for you to find a successful career that will allow you to work at your own pace. Many people have found success with a work-from-home business focused on their favorite hobby — such as creating art, woodworking, or baking — which allows them to grow at their own pace and set their own hours.
One of the main things to keep in mind with starting a business is that these days, you must have a good online presence to make it work, and it’s always best to start with what you know. If you already have an Instagram presence, for instance, it will be easy to learn how to get your product out there to the masses via social media. The trick is understanding how the algorithms work to get your product to a large social media audience. By learning as much as possible about the ins and outs of marketing on Instagram, you’ll be more likely to get more engagement, followers, and, of course, customers.
Self-care is incredibly important for individuals who are in recovery. Learning how to listen to your body’s needs and make sure they’re taken care of in healthy ways will allow you to stay on track no matter what your goals are. Self-care can be anything from exercising every day to learning how to relax without the aid of a substance, so try a few things to see which ones you like best.
Make new connections
It’s hard to make things work when you’re all alone, so if you’re in a new city or even just a new area of town, try to make an effort to meet new people. Making connections will help you stay social, which is wonderful for individuals in recovery, and it will give you a support system as you make your way through your new life. You might start by looking online for local support groups or spend some time at your favorite locations — the library, the gym, a local coffee shop — and strike up a conversation.
Come up with a plan for your substance abuse recovery.
Planning is essential for individuals who are in recovery, whether it’s for the day or the coming month. Getting organized will help you structure your days, which is absolutely imperative during recovery, and will help you stay on track even when things get difficult. Set goals for the near future, such as saving money for a big purchase, and create a plan for achieving that goal by breaking it down realistically.
For example, if you want to go back to school but you doing so is difficulty with a job, consider enrolling in an online program that appeals to you. Many online universities offer business degree programs, for example, which can prepare you for several different careers. The best part: you can complete these courses from the comfort of your home.
Starting a new career and getting your life on track after a period of substance abuse can be long, tedious, and fraught with distractions and hurdles. Creating a good plan, garnering a support system, taking care of yourself, and working to set goals for yourself can help you achieve any goal you have.