Anyone going through recovery is scared that at some point they’ll mess up and ruin everything. There’s a common saying that “Anything worth having takes patience and dedication” and this couldn’t be truer. Recovery is not a place where doing the same things will guarantee success. While it does take time and practice there are seven skills that can make a huge change in the success of your recovery.

7 skills in recovery that can change your life:

1. Show empathy

Within your circle of recovery it’s important to exercise empathy. When people relapse or lie it may be difficult but try not take it personally. Put yourself in their shoes. Starting recovery may have been easy but maintaining it is filled with ups and downs. Practicing empathy helps you to understand others by looking past their mistakes and seeking their other qualities.

2. Create good sleep habits

We all know how much wonders a great night sleep can provide. A consistent sleep regimen can also do the same. Set a time where you step away from all distractions and go to sleep. Sleeping allows your body to rest and recharge for the next day.

3. Be disciplined in thought and action

Throughout your recovery you should be disciplined in your thought and action no matter how small. Practice this skill in time management, cleanliness, spirituality or any where you can! Mastering the skill of self discipline will be vital as the temptations to relapse or use will become easier to manage.

4. Be true to your word

Holding yourself accountable by what you say is another vital skill to your recovery. Just as you promise to remain sober when you make promises or goals hold yourself accountable to accomplish them. By being accountable you give yourself more reason or motivation to get what you said you will do. Also being accountable means if you do not follow through with your word you know exactly who and where things fell apart. We often times set goals and fail to see them through because we involve others. Being accountable of yourself and your actions allows you to analyze and understand what you may have done wrong or how to fix it easier.

5. Learn to manage your time

Balancing your life is an important part of recovery because an unbalanced life often leads to stress and chaos. Feeling stressed or discontent is a prime reason why some people abuse drugs. By keeping your life in a relative or priority you can have a better handle on maintaining your sobriety.

6. Know how to ask for help

During recovery it’s not uncommon to make a wrong turn and begin to fall into bad habits again. To ensure that doesn’t become a reoccurring incident it’s important to know who you can turn to for help or guidance. The most important at the end of the day is staying sober. So whether you are close to your limit or have already fell into the deep it’s important that you can recognize when you need help and where you can get it. Asking for help is hard. But you should not fear judgment this will all be for your best interest.

7. Consistency

Recovery and sobriety is a life long journey. You don’t achieve in one day or even 1,000 days. It’s a continuous effort everyday that achieves sobriety. It requires you to be honest and offers no shortcuts. Just like anything else in life sobriety takes patience and hard work every day. It’s achievable by anyone and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. More than getting steps right it takes the ability to keep working at it even when you’ve made mistakes.

Your journey to recovery will be long and filled with many ups and downs. With these seven skills that journey can be a whole lot smoother.

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