Motivation in Recovery
You hit rock bottom. Your life became unmanageable. You want to avoid or gain relief from long-term effects. You found sobriety–either on your own or at a rehab center. Becoming sober and changing your life took motivation. You know life is sweeter when sober, so what do you do to protect your recovery?
Finding your Motivation
The first thing you need to do is identify your motivation to stay sober. Is your motivation based on your personal well-being? Is it your spouse? Or your children? Maybe it is your career? Could it be your health? Your finances? Your quality of life? Whatever motivated you to get sober and now remain sober should remain first and foremost in your daily thoughts. How can you remind yourself of your motivation to stay sober? Here are some ways:
- Keep photos of your loved ones in plain sight – on your desk, fridge, even in your car
- Share your motivation with a trusted source – your mental health professional, your sponsor, your 12-step group
- Pray or meditate on your motivation and ask your higher power to keep you motivated
- Write down what your motivations are in a journal and reflect on them regularly
- Remind yourself of the things you lost in addiction and maintain an attitude of gratitude
Tips for Staying Motivated in Recovery
- Talk to 2-3 addict or alcohols daily – ask them how they are – tell them how you are
- Download motivational recovery apps
- Read motivational quotes
- Surround yourself with motivated, inspirational people
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get spiritual – look up
- Get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly
- Set achievable goals and reward yourself for your progress
- Get a sponsor
- Attend a 12-step program
Can Motivation Keep you Sober?
There is some data that suggests that extended abstinence does predict long-term recovery. In an 8 year study of nearly 1200 addicts, the longer you remain sober, the smaller your chances of relapse. Highly motivated people in recovery have a higher chance of staying sober. Often people who relapse after years of sobriety were complacent in maintaining their recovery-oriented practices.
You can do this! Life is better sober.
Stay connected, stay motivated and chances are you will enjoy a happy, healthy, drug and alcohol-free life! For more tips on staying sober, click here.
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis and substance abuse addiction treatment center in Orange County, CA.