Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a process that can be the proverbial rollercoaster ride. People tend to experience both exhilarating successes and painful failures. As we explain at our Sacramento rehab, one of the key characteristics of people who succeed in rehab is resilience.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Some other sources describe it as “toughness.” Whatever you call it, it’s the frame of mind of being unwilling to surrender when the going gets rough. And, for most who make the wise decision to go into rehab, it will get rough. For some people, resilience is just part of who they are. For others, it’s a trait that must be developed. In either case, doing the following can help make you more resilient:
- Get comfortable with the fact that life is about change. Too often we make it our goal to achieve a certain state in our life and then stay there. However, the reality is that the most rewarding life is one that involves change and developing the ability to learn from it and adapt to it.
- Be willing to ask for help. Being resilient doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. In fact, the most effective way to survive tough times is to have guidance along the way. You don’t win any points for suffering in solitude, and you probably delay your success by taking that approach.
- Make it a priority to learn from every experience. The movie Groundhog Day is a great example of how paying attention to life and learning little things from every event and every personal interaction pays off in the end. There is wisdom to be gained even from your most crushing defeats. And as a bonus, once you learn to adopt that attitude, you stop fearing defeat so much, and that frees you to make better decisions.
- Stay positive. It’s easy to be upbeat when things are going your way. But if you can develop the skill of “looking on the bright side” even when events seem to be conspiring against you, you will find it much easier to bounce back when life knocks you down.
- Prioritize self-care. Yes, it’s important that you support your loved ones just as they support you. But in order to increase your resilience, you need to tend to your own mental and emotional wounds first so that you are ready to resume the battle quickly.
- Be decisive. When you find yourself in a position where you have to make a difficult decision, assess your options and then choose. Over-analyzing and procrastinating don’t empower you to make better decisions. Instead, they leave you feeling weak and helpless. If, after proper consideration, you make a choice that turns out poorly, that’s alright. Learn something from it and make a better choice the next time.
Learning How to Bounce Back
Life is beautiful, but it’s also challenging at times—especially if you are battling addiction. The key, as
they say, is getting up one time more than you get knocked down. The programs at New Dawn make
personal resilience a priority. Contact us today to learn more about our Sacramento rehab.