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Developing a Healthy Routine in Recovery

Our lives in addiction were often chaotic. We often were unable to hold down a job, we let our health and hygiene fall by the wayside, and we were only concerned with our next high. Recovery is about breaking unhealthy patterns and creating a better life. Developing a daily routine can help us get away from the unhealthy disorder that defined our lives in active addiction.

Mornings can be difficult in early sobriety. The biggest motivating factor in our lives, and often the reason we got up in the morning, was the pursuit of the next drink or drug. When that is removed, we must begin to seek other reasons to go about our day. Many men and women in recovery develop a morning ritual around prayer and meditation. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that “on awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.” When we take a moment to meditate and consider what we will do through the course of the day, we find ourselves in less danger of finding ourselves in situations that could be risks to our sobriety. We are less vulnerable to boredom and depression, which are often major factors in cravings and relapse.

In recovery, our brains are healing from the damage of drugs and alcohol, and developing a routine that includes healthy eating habits, exercise, and adequate sleep, can help our cognitive functioning. Routines help us create habits, which is part of what we are doing by reprogramming our brain in treatment. When we regularly practice our habits of sleeping, eating, exercising, and performing other functions of our daily life in a positive way, we are healthier all around. At night, we take a moment to constructively review our day and our behaviors toward others. We can make mental notes of the positive and negative events of our day and how we responded to them. When we review our day, we are able to make adjustments so we can continue to make the right decisions for our recovery with each passing day.

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