Next Step Recovery recently celebrated its 13th birthday as an organization. In the spirit of celebration, we have compiled a list of 13 tools and methods that can be useful in enhancing and sustaining the recovery process.
1.) Gratitude: Gratitude is often the catalyst for cultivating feelings of happiness, serenity, and peace. Gratitude is scientifically proven to benefit psychological and physiological wellbeing. Make a gratitude list, make a gratitude jar. Truly experiencing and feeling gratitude and appreciation for all that we have is incredibly valuable, especially on difficult days during the recovery process.
2.) Mentorship: Find someone who has what you want, follow them, and ask them how they got there. The first and most important relationship in recovery from addiction is that of a sponsor who can help guide you through the recovery process. I have also found it helpful to find mentors to assist me in my academic, social, occupational and spiritual pursuits, who could serve as guides in different disciplines throughout my journey.
3.) Do something for others: It is easy to get lost in our problems and challenges, and succumb to self-pity and woe is me type thinking. Helping others can aide us in getting outside our own heads. Volunteer at the local food bank or homeless shelter, arrive early to a meeting make coffee, and help set up, call an old friend and ask how they are doing, hold the door open for a stranger.
Check out the rest of the list here.
If you would like to learn more about recovery, give us a call at 828-350-9960 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to share some of the things that have worked for the hundreds of families who have been a part of our sober living program for men.