How to get going on your recovery journey...

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Are you ready?

For most people substance use starts out being enjoyable or serving some purpose - coping with depression for example. For some the substance use habit starts to be problematic and a downward spiral means that sooner or later a serious lifestyle change is a good idea. Usually the person with the growing addiction problem still wants to hold onto their habit and is the last to see the need for change. When the answer to the question...

"Will life be better without alcohol or other drugs?"

...if 'Yes' then you are ready for your recovery journey. Be careful not to get over confident too quickly and watch out for pitfalls that might upset your progress.

Why do you need to measure things?

Writing things down, even electronically, is a good way to gather your thoughts and start to put together some realistic plans for getting over an addiction problem. Tracking your progress helps to strengthen your motivation. Before you start read about...

📄 CREATING A PORTFOLIO

Before starting your recovery plan read these....

📄 WHAT IS ADDICTION

📄WHAT IS RECOVERY

Monitor your recovery journey...

In addition to the 5 TASKS 4 RECOVERY you can track your progress and plan your recovery with the Addiction Recovery Questionnaire (My Recovery from the self assessments menu) - there are just 12 items. There are a few things to notice about the questionnaire:

  • The 12 items are each a key part of recovery - RESULT will flag up the parts you might want to work on

  • Some items are more difficult than others to deal with - for example if housing is a problem you may need to get help from a housing support person

  • Most people start out on their recovery journey with a lot of things to sort out - this can be a bit overwhelming so decide on priorities