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12 Tips for a Successful SMART Recovery

[fa icon="calendar"] May 31, 2018 / by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina

The road to recovery is not always smooth and relapses are not desirable, but they are a natural part of the addiction recovery process. Despite this, it is important to remember that there are certain factors that can improve the success of your SMART Recovery Journey and likelihood of long-term sobriety.

Getting into a daily routine and identifying substance-free calming activities can be helpful and beneficial to staying sober long-term. Here are some more tips to a successful SMART Recovery journey.

Tips for a successful smart recovery

 1. Be Patient 

Don’t expect things to happen right away. Move away from the idea of immediacy and instant fulfillment.

2. Be Kind to Yourself

Be honest and ask yourself, “Did I do my best?” If the answer is yes, then let it go. You have done all you could. If the answer is no, then try again.

3. Aim High, but be Realistic 

Failing to achieve an unrealistic goal will most likely discourage you from achieving your other goals. This is likely something that should already be in your mind since SMART goals involve an element of being realistic. Setting realistic and attainable goals are a sure way to help you see the impact of your efforts.

4. Find a New Hobby 

Find a new and meaningful activity to concentrate on, like playing the piano, volunteering, swimming or joining a leisure or social group.

5. Celebrate Small Achievements 

Celebrate and be proud of your accomplishments, regardless of their size. It is important to take a step back, stop and appreciate your hard work.

6. Be Flexible

Maintain a high degree of flexibility, as life can be frustrating, and obstacles do not often announce their presence.

7. Find New friends 

Build new relationships with people who can be a positive influence. Isolate yourself from people you know who are not sober or who you know might cause you to slip.

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8. Find New Hang-out Spots

Hang-out spots, events and places you normally go to are all potentially powerful relapse triggers. Find new places to create fresh and sober memories.

9. Avoid Testing Yourself 

For most people with serious dependence, being able to go back to controlled drinking or drug use is unlikely to be successful and can be dangerous. It’s a common thought after a period of stability, but don’t let it trick you.

10. Try Networking 

Network and socialize with others in alcohol-free setting to avoid failing into isolation. Healthy connections can improve your overall happiness and stress management

11. Accountability

Find a sponsor, or appropriate friend or family member to share your SMART goals with. They can support you to achieve your goals and it increases accountability on your part.

12. Get Help

Participating in an evidence-based addiction treatment program will help you build a strong foundation for recovery and can also be a good way to re-balance when you’re well into your recovery journey.

Recovery is a life-long process and it’s important to find a specialist to guide you throughout the process and help you stay sober. Contact us today and we can discuss which rehabilitation programs could be the best fit for you.

Topics: Sober Living, SMART Recovery

Russ Kallina

Written by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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