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How to Cultivate Joy?

If you are new in recovery, you have walked through the flames of addiction and know exactly what misery feels like. Drug and alcohol addiction is lonely, dark, and all-consuming. Happiness and true joy don’t exist when your world is controlled by a substance. For anyone who makes it out of addiction alive, you are a miracle.

Early recovery isn’t easy, but if you can remember how awful your life was before you came to where you are standing, it will give you a sense of gratitude for how far you’ve come. We don’t get sober to be miserable. If that were the case, we would just go back to drinking or using. Recovery is something you have to work hard at, but the rewards of sobriety will be worth it. If you are feeling like you are riding a rollercoaster of emotion, trust the process and trust that it will get better.

With everything that changes when you get sober, it is very helpful to make and maintain a schedule. We don’t do very well with a lot of time on our hands and having some organization in our lives helps keep our minds content. In your schedule, there should be time for play. Do something you enjoy and do it often. If you’re not sure what you like doing, find something that interests you. It could be cooking, painting, hiking, swimming, flying RC planes—whatever it is, find out what brings you joy.

You also need to find stable people with whom you will be spending your time. People who are secure, kind, compassionate, and serious about their recovery are people who will encourage and support you in yours. Make sure that the time you spend with yourself is filled with self-care. Read your favorite book, take warm baths, treat yourself to your favorite meal, go to the movies…remember that you are and always will be your best friend, so be kind to yourself. Recovery is done one day at a time, and no two days will be the same. Feelings won’t kill you, and for those days that it seems like they will, know that they will pass.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431