Common Mistakes to Avoid in Early Addiction Recovery

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Early Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addiction is never an easy undertaking. For addicts to fight their substance abuse problem, it requires immense strength and courage.  That’s why you must understand what it takes to cope with new skills, make new friends, and even make adjustments to your lifestyle within the shortest time possible.

Of course, you may not do everything right. But in case you make a big mistake, it might end up costing you a lot. The good news is you can avoid many of these mistakes if you know what to watch out for.  Here are some of the more common mistakes to avoid in early addiction recovery.

  • Thinking You Can Do It Alone

It’s no secret that selfishness in early recovery is a normal part of getting sober. But thinking you can do it alone will not help you with anything, no matter how hard you try.  Instead, it is a sign of weakness and may prove costly in the long run. At the very least, seek the input and help from the people around you as it goes a long way in making sure you do not revert to your old ways.

You can even take guidance from individuals who have gone through the bumpy road of addiction recovery. By learning from their experiences, be rest assured you’ll get the strength you need to attain your recovery goals. The larger your network of support, the more you will continue to grow in your recovery.

  • Setting High Expectations

When you stay sober, it is normal to expect your life to improve.  However, life is not perfect, and you’ll always encounter problems from time to time. For this reason, you may still have to make do with the fallout from addiction even after months of sobriety. Rather than pushing yourself to the limit, why not set realistic expectations of a sober life.

Remember, any resentment or disappointment you experience on your road to recovery can lead to relapse. In short, you need to understand sobriety takes hard work and commitment. Therefore, you can never achieve the life you badly desire overnight.  Learn to be patient and let go of your high expectations.

  • Expecting More from Your Family and Friends

 The truth is that you might never reach your sobriety goal if you do not prioritize self-centeredness in recovery.  To stay on the right path, you must focus on your thoughts, behaviors, and actions. Unfortunately, some addicts go overboard and expect their loved ones to change their past ways and come into recovery.

But things do not work that way.  Keep in mind you had to wait until you were ready before committing yourself to recovery.  If a close family member or your partner is into substance abuse, it would be better to part ways until they’re ready to change.

The Bottom Line

Mistakes are always going to happen when recovering from an addiction. The secret lies in learning from your mistakes and those made by other addicts in their journey to recovery. Whatever happens, you should continue working on yourself and your sobriety.

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.