Addiction and recovery – Why all addicts in initial recovery need to be structured

Addiction usually results in loss of daily structure and structure. Drugs lifestyle becomes often unchanged and poor, with loss of work and other personal and family practices. Addicts often have eating and sleeping patterns that are out of the public, which also tend to help create a chaos and disorder.

An addict seeking recovery is often treated with outpatients. There are many benefits of this treatment. One benefit of outpatient treatment is to plan the structure of the program itself and daily routine that develops by participating in treatment. The structure usually consists of regular waking time, estimated time for meals served at the same time daily, rules and expectations of treatment. Patients treated are expected to sleep at night and participate in treatment during the day, attend meetings and focus on recovery. When a newcomer understands the safety of physical therapy, he is called upon to develop a structure for himself / herself.

Possible thoughts about drinking / use are reduced by virtually the schedule of the day. Boredom, which is very related to the obsessive thoughts of use, is reduced. Active addiction is characterized by the addict feeling around to get the drug, use it and to overcome it by using it. In the absence of this behavior, loss of structure is lost. Newborn addict is called to find out how to replace the old drinking and animal process with new recovery that improves recovery.

Changing routines is essential for developing a lifestyle that encourages and nurtures recovery instead of addiction. This often involves a complete transformation and restructuring of time, activity and attention.

You can develop a recovery lifestyle using a program, organizer or other similar tools to build a daily recovery plan. This plan should include counsel and sponsor organizers, planned personal and family events such as parents / teachers, date nights, lunch with girls, etc. Physiotherapy, such as daily exercise, meditation, personal relaxation equipment is also planned.

Having a neat schedule at the beginning of recovery is very useful to prevent relapses. It helps to eliminate excessive free time, which can lead to desires and thoughts about drinking / use. It also helps to eliminate boredom, depression and anxiety by maintaining the level of occupation and reducing opportunities to tear or worry. By not lying what may interfere with your emotional, depression and anxiety is reduced. A tight plan also helps to cut down negative emotional thoughts about oneself, others, and the world that provides depression and anxiety.

Keeping a daily plan also helps prioritize projects and activities that improve people's willingness to participate. Sometimes people are recovering, like if they fall into too many directions and are estimated to be too tight. In this case, a plan that is too tightly planned, serves to rise rather than reduce their stress. An overly committed plan can be an indication of the need to learn and practice independence. It is important to learn to install and maintain appropriate goals at the beginning of recovery. Learning to say "no" to your time request can be difficult, but exercising can build up or respond to positive self-esteem and self-esteem. Knowing that you have too many tasks can also help you improve your skills to prioritize. Without this ability, it is easy to get frustrated and surprising, thus increasing stress.

Increased stress, regardless of whether there is too much or too little structure, increases the likelihood of backlash if not desired. People at the beginning of recovery are called on to learn how to balance against the demands of time and attention. Learning this balance takes time, awareness and practice.

Copyright (c) 2009 Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.


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