Recovering from AddictionPara recuperarse de la adicci³n

Recovering from Addiction

Recovery also means making a new life for yourself. Finding new interests, building new relationships, and taking better care of yourself will help you replace substance use with a new and better lifestyle. They will also help you avoid things that could make you want to use again.

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"I'm finally having fun again."

Make Lifestyle Changes

A big part of recovery is changing habits that may have led to your substance abuse. It's also a time for personal growth. Below are some lifestyle changes you may want to make.

  • Finding new activities and goals: You may decide you want to explore new hobbies and interests or join an activity group to meet new people.

  • Building relationships: You may choose to spend more time with loved ones or friends you lost touch with while you were using. You may also want to make new friends. And there may be some friends you'll want to stop seeing because they're still using.

  • Exercising and eating well: Getting some physical activity on most days and eating healthy meals with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can make you feel better. A nutritionist or physical fitness expert can help you.

  • Relaxing and getting enough rest: Reducing stress and getting a good night's sleep can also help you feel better. Ask your counselor about meditation, relaxation exercises, or stress management classes.

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