The Importance of Routine in Recovery

The Importance of Routine in Recovery
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When going through recovery for a drug and alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment is important, as well as establishing a routine in recovery. This is especially true in early recovery, throughout the entire process, and beyond. Statistics show that 85% of people relapse within a year of treatment, so anything that can be done to lower that number is important. [1]

As we examine the benefits of setting a schedule in recovery, we will also look at what a routine can include and how to create one. Besides these important tools, you’ll also learn how Clear Life Recovery can help in your addiction treatment progress.

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5 Benefits of a Routine in Recovery

Having a routine in recovery shouldn’t be looked at as being restrictive. Rather, it is a tool that can help in the recovery process and help people stay on track.

Here are 5 benefits to consider:

Helps to Focus

Substance abuse can damage parts of the brain, leading to cognitive impairment. This can make it difficult to focus. Staying on the path to recovery can be hard without the ability to focus. With a schedule, people in treatment can improve their cognitive abilities. This can help them to focus on the task at hand.

Avoid Triggers

When someone has a schedule in recovery, it allows them to focus on their goals through their daily routines. This helps separate out all the triggers that may tempt them to return to their substance of choice. Instead of focusing on their triggers, they will think about the items that are a part of their routine.

Better Stress Management

Having a schedule in recovery can help better manage stress by reducing feeling overwhelmed. When stressed, people may be tempted to turn to drugs or alcohol. But a routine allows them to tackle one task at a time.

Increased Productivity

Sticking to a routine keeps you on track. This gives people a sense of purpose and can increase productivity. Instead of wondering what to do next, you already know what needs to be done because it’s part of the routine. This allows you to accomplish tasks individually and gain self-confidence as you cross items off your list.

Improved Physical Health

Many people incorporate exercise as part of their routine. This not only helps to battle stress but can improve physical health. When people feel healthy and good about themselves, they’re less likely to want to use drugs and alcohol.

What can a recovery routine include?

As we just mentioned, a routine in recovery can include exercise because of its benefits. It can also include:

  • Scheduled bedtime and wake-up time
  • Meditation
  • Exploring new activities
  • Meal-planning & cooking
  • Self-care
  • Attending a support group
  • Daily chores
  • Time to explore nature

Many people find a combination of these tasks beneficial for their routine in recovery. It’s important to try different things and find the right combination.

How to Create a Healthy Routine in Recovery

Creating a successful and healthy routine in recovery can take practice and some trial and error. People may realize they are making their schedules too restrictive, while others may begin to feel bored. Whatever the case, here are some tips to start on a positive path:

  • Be open to adjusting routines when needed
  • Create routines weekly because needs may shift
  • Make a routine that is reasonable and easy to follow
  • Look for items that help to create physical, mental, and emotional balance
  • Seek out ideas from others who have been successful
  • Think about new hobbies or skills you want to learn, and add them to the routine

By taking it slow and considering these tips, a routine in recovery can be easier to create and manage.

Seek Help for Addiction at Clear Life Recovery

At Clear Life Recovery, we can help our patients set a routine to get them on track in their recovery. Our treatment programs are tailored to each patient and can include a variety of therapies as well as holistic approaches. Contact us today to learn more about our services, or reach out to us online.