Friday, July 6, 2012

Check Yourself

One of the hardest things about my job is seeing people come back who have relapsed.  They feel miserable.  Defeated.  Full of shame & self-blame.  After talking to them about what happened, there is always at least one thing they could have done to prevent a relapse.  I tell them to bring up their awareness of these things.  Be vigilant.  Have intention.  In short, check yourself before you wreck yourself.*

The following list is common things I tell our patients to keep their recovery & health in check.
  • You can never do too much recovery work. The more meetings, the better.
  • Leave your excuses at the door.
  • Have a list of things you can do/people you can call when you feel cravings.  Take a walk.  Ride your bike.  Go to a movie.  Get a hobby.  When you’re bored, your thoughts are louder.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.  What have you gained by being sober?  What did you almost lose when you were not?
  • Go exercise.  Rome was not built in a day and dopamine doesn’t come back overnight.
  • Marijuana is a drug too.  Don’t kid yourself.  Refer to #2 for further questions.
  • Do not reschedule your implant appointments.  Just show up.  Yes, I meant that literally and figuratively.
  • Change your cell phone number.   NOW.
  • We are always here to talk to you. 
  • You can do this.  You really can.  I promise you it (LIFE) is worth it.   
*(Thank you, Ice Cube).

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!  

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