In many ways, addiction is a total loss of control. And so, a key component in the addiction recovery process is regaining control, which a recovering addict can do by establishing healthy goals, developing positive habits, setting boundaries, and learning the importance of time management. If you or someone you love is in need of recovery support for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services at (877) 926-5530 to speak with a substance abuse expert today. Our addiction recovery counselors are trained to address all types of addiction and can help you develop the skills and tools you need to overcome your substance abuse disorder.
Managing Your Time in Addiction Recovery
Many people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol began abusing the substance because they felt overwhelmed, with school, with their job, or with life in general. By shooting heroin or drinking until they black out, they are attempting to escape the chaos that surrounds them and threatens to swallow them whole. In many cases, this confusion stems from disorganization. Fortunately, there are some easy steps addicts can take in recovery to better manage their time and improve their chances of long-term recovery.
It may seem like a simple solution to a major problem, but learning some simple time management skills is an easy way to regain control and avoid becoming so overwhelmed that you feel the need to drink or use drugs. In addiction recovery, time management is of particular importance, as any feelings of chaos or stress can hinder the recovery process. The following are some simple ways recovering addicts can better manage their time in recovery:
- In a notebook or journal, write down all the things you do throughout the course of each day. Keeping a journal will give you a sense of structure and help you establish better habits.
- Put each of these activities into a category, i.e. personal, household, family, educational, social, etc., which essentially gives each task a “home,” and decide whether you are using your time wisely.
- Create a weekly task list, where you write down the things you have to do or want to do, for each day, keeping in mind the goal of staying balanced and focused, and living a well-rounded life.
- If an unexpected task comes up that is out of your control, it’s important to relax and stay flexible. Put it into the proper category, or give it a “home,” and you will immediately feel more organized.
Time management is an essential part of the addiction recovery process. When addicts first enter recovery, they often have a great deal of free time on their hands, time that was once spent drinking or using drugs. This free time can lead to boredom, which can result in relapse. By organizing your time better in recovery, you can feel calm and in control, two key components in leading a healthy and sober life.
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Poor time management leads to stress, and stress is detrimental to recovery. Establishing and adhering to a routine, however, can reduce anxiety, promote stability and improve self-confidence. It’s important to note that learning how to better manage your time in recovery will likely not happen overnight. It may take weeks or months to establish a solid routine that helps you grow and progress in a positive direction, but once you do, you can be proud of your accomplishment. If you are interested in learning how to recover from addiction, and how establishing good time management skills helps in the recovery process, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to speak to an experienced addiction recovery counselor.