Making Your Treatment A Routine

It is important that you do not approach drug and alcohol treatment as something that you need to do for just a short amount of time. This is not something that you can take on for two months and then leave behind. If you do this, you will just be back to your old habits … Continue reading “Making Your Treatment A Routine”

It is important that you do not approach drug and alcohol treatment as something that you need to do for just a short amount of time. This is not something that you can take on for two months and then leave behind. If you do this, you will just be back to your old habits very quickly. Instead, you need to take on this new turn in the path of your life as something that you will not let go of very quickly. It needs to be a permanent fixture in your existence so that you can really overcome your addictions for the rest of your life.
The best way to start doing this is to make it a routine. Make it part of your daily life. You may even want to schedule it into your days. If you need to meet with someone twice a week to work on your addiction and to keep yourself accountable, you should pick the same times each week. You should pick the same day. It does not matter if this is three in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays or ten in the morning on Mondays and Fridays. As long as it is a routine thing that you can count on, it will be helpful.
What this will do is to train your body and your mind to expect these sessions. You will be ready for them, so you will mentally be in the right place by the time that you will have to go to them. The right mindset is crucial. You cannot expect to take on something like this without being ready to do so, or you will not succeed. When it comes up randomly, it is hard to get in that mindset. This is made much easier if the meetings have a natural rhythm that they follow in your life.
This also helps you to manage your time so that you do not miss any of your meetings. You can still make plans and set up things that you want to do with your friends and family members. Your treatment will be a very real part of your life, but it will not dominate your life. You can just make sure that you plan things out so that you can get to all of the sessions. You can write these things down on your calendar or your computer so that all of your activities fit together nicely.
It is important that you do not start to miss the sessions. After the first one, you will feel bad. However, it will be even easier to miss the second one. The third will be easier still. This too can become a pattern, and, before you know it, you will not be getting help at all. You must commit to going all the time. It is easier to stick to a routine when you are true to it every week. This will help you have the willpower and the determination that you need.

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