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What are 8 Things to Journal Through Recovery?

Some addiction treatment centers have very strict rules about what items can be brought in for residential treatment.  One common thing everyone has is a journal.  The most encouraged coping skill is to write.  The benefits of writing are endless.  The process of collecting one’s thoughts and problem-solving can be useful on paper.  Reviewing and organizing the written word boosts creativity.  The top ten list are only examples.  Each person can decide for themselves how journaling helps on a personal level.  


Recording health is a great way to understand the body better.  A person’s body can go through a lot during detox and need special attention post-treatment.  Keeping a health journal will aid the individual in recognizing changes and maintain physical health.


Racing thoughts and negative self-talk are common with addiction.  Write down the mean self-talk or negative notations.  Find a way to think of the situation in a positive manner.  Practicing the switch will change the thinking pattern.  Patience is important for the process to work.


Setting goals can help or hinder an individual.  Reaching for success supports motivation and self-esteem.  Reaching too high and failing will sometimes create setbacks.  Goal setting is important when realistic and within reason.


Writing about feelings can seem odd at first.  With practice, journaling is a great way to express emotions without harming anyone.  Throwing words in someone’s face will disgruntle and jeopardize the relationship.

Reality check

During treatment, the individual is encouraged to look back on past actions and move forward with building a new life.  Writing and understanding where a person stands after treatment can help the individual figure out where to go from here.  Goals and step by step processes can be noted and prioritized.


Jotting down a quick list can help a person in recovery avoid anxiety.  The racing thoughts or something as simple as chores or grocery list can clear the mind of clutter.  


Looking back on memories and events is an easy way to learn from experience.  Previous actions and behaviors during drug use seem dramatic after detox.  Hurting loved ones is difficult to revisit, although necessary to learn from.  Journaling the situation can release the individual from any built up pain or discomfort.


Having pride in oneself is lost when drugs and alcohol are being used.  Reaching various goals and milestones is important to recognize.  Being proud of personal achievements will boost the success of sobriety.

Developing new habits and coping skills after treatment can be tricky.  Every recovery is different and each new skill will help in various ways.  Resilient House can help you find what works best for you.  Call 833-change1 (833-242-6431) to discover what techniques will aid you in a successful recovery.