How to get going on your recovery journey...
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?"
...is 'Yes' then you are ready for your recovery journey. Be careful not to get over confident too quickly and watch out for falling rocks 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...
Before starting your recovery plan read these....
Your recovery journey...
RESULT has created some tasks each of which is known to be important to a successful recovery. You can work on these tasks by yourself or with friends and family or with an addiction practitioner. Each task has three parts:
- The task itself - each a building block to recovery
- Completing the Addiction Recovery & Planning Questionnaire
- Paint a picture of your current substance use
You can repeat the tasks as often as you want.
Addiction Recovery & Planning Questionnaire has just 12 items and is the main way of helping you track your progress and plan your recovery. 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
Psychoactive Drugs can be divided into just four main groups. If you are unsure what groups the drugs you take fall into and want to know more watch this video from the Khan Institute (7.31).