There are many exciting things to consider when formulating your addiction recovery program. There is not one right way to design a recovery plan, in fact, just the opposite. The most effective recovery programs are self-constructed from a place of authenticity and vulnerability. So how does one get honest and create a personalized recovery program that works when you’ve got your addictive ways controlling you every step of the way? The answer lies in your own truth and self-customized strategy. I will share 4 strategies to creating an effective recovery program personalized for you.
1. Get Well Informed
The first strategy is to “get well informed” about your options in recovery. There are one-size-fits-all status quo methods, and there are the creative, holistic, and alternative methods. To get well informed, collect information and ask others about options in different phases of recovery. What is available for pre-care, treatment and aftercare? What can you start doing at home right now? What supports and resources are available to you? What books, online courses and online supports are available? What is available in your community? What natural medicines and health regimens are suggested? What technologies and techniques are people using? Consider streaming together one year of support when looking at options, and see what stands out to you as you read the descriptions, evidence, results, and the accessibility and affordability of each option.
2. Take a Personal Inventory
The second strategy is to “take a personal inventory” of your situation. How severe is your addiction? How messed up is your life? How far off track from your truth are you? What needs to be restructured in your life? What is lacking in your life? Where are you sabotaging yourself? What consequences await you not changing, and what challenges await you in changing? Look at your strengths, resources, and opportunities. What do you have going for you? What will you need? Who will you need? Where will you need to be? What will it take to achieve a life free of your addiction? Writing these questions and answers out (no matter how imperfectly) is a great exercise for beginning to understand the larger picture.
3. Create a Map
The third strategy is to assemble your strategy in recovery, and “create a map” you can visually see everyday. Your personalized recovery program will include a number of recovery-specific and non-recovery-specific variables. For instance, you choose recovery coaching and journaling to keep you honest, learning, and accountable to yourself- this extends across your recovery plan. You choose a strict daily nutritional regimen, early sleep schedule, workout plan, and meditation practice for your self-care. You choose Smart Recovery, 12 steps, Rational Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, or Refuge Recovery for your local recovery community. And you find a transformative community to take you beyond the ceiling of ordinary recovery.
For alcohol detox or drug detox you choose a rehabilitation center, alternative addiction treatment program, or something like ibogaine addiction treatment. For additional residential support you look into sober living or an integration community. The important thing to note is that “treatment stays” are a small part of your total recovery program. You’ll need to strategize for long-term success down to the daily hiccups, cravings, and challenges, to your larger milestones and goals. Mapping out your central supports and daily rituals can help immensely.
4. Establish Accountability and Integration
The fourth strategy is to “establish accountability and integration” in recovery. You’ve chosen the elements of your recovery and put them into a written strategy, now is time to lock your plan into place through personal commitments, supports and accountabilities, and metrics to track progress and modify your recovery program as you go. Your personal commitments need to reflect actions you will actually take each day, commitments you believe in, are inspired by, and that get you results. You want people, activities, appointments, projects, and events that hold you accountable to these actions and that ensure you continue to integrate positive changes. Lastly, you want someway to track your progress, make progress notes, and strengthen your plan as needed.
The key to addiction recovery is crafting a personalized recovery program. Regardless of what routes you choose along the way, your final walk through recovery will be the path closest to your true self. You don’t have to go through 7 trips to detox and rehab and be emotionally, financially, and legally bankrupt beyond measure to get it right. Only through the path of the true self can you truly transcend addiction. So take the time today to get informed about your options, take a personal inventory of what you’re working with, assemble your strategy, and incorporate the right accountability for exponential results.