One of the most difficult aspects of recovery is that it is a never-ending process because you will always be in recovery. When someone addicted to drugs stops using and embraces recovery that is when the real journey begins. Remaining completely sober is never a straightforward path. It is instead a path with many peaks and valleys where some may relapse, some may fall on hard times, and some may be partaking in high-risk activities. They may not even realize what kind of danger they are putting their recovery in.
High-Risk Activities in Early Recovery
Those in recovery call situations or events that can pose a threat to someone’s sobriety a high-risk situation. High-risk activities and situations can be different for every person depending on their thoughts behaviors and beliefs. Because of this, each person must identify situations that can threaten their ongoing sobriety. Most high-risk situations that a person can be in can be put into one of the below categories. Negative Emotional States – Anger, stress, sadness, anxiety, and boredom are all common emotions that someone in recovery will face. All of these feelings can be caused by a person’s perception of a certain situation. If it is not properly managed, it can lead to a relapse. Unfortunately, it is common to feel one or more of these emotions when you are in early recovery but is important to learn what positive outlets for these emotions work best for you. Interpersonal Conflict – An argument with a spouse, family member, or friend could result in negative emotions. Learning how to communicate with those around you is something that you have to re-learn when you get sober. Inactive addiction, many people learn how to thrive in isolation and lose the skills to effectively be around other people. Many people often completely lose the relationships with friends and family when they are inactive addiction because of the pain their addiction caused their loved ones. It can be difficult and uncomfortable to rebuild those relationships and learn how to resolve conflict, but it is vital to learn how to communicate effectively and find healthy coping mechanisms to deal with conflict. Social Pressure – Many social situations involve either direct or indirect pressure that can test your self-control. For example, going to a work party or a friend’s barbecue where alcohol or drugs are present or being offered a drink when at the event can both be considered a high-risk situation if you are not equipped to handle it. Positive Emotional States – Just like negative emotions can put someone’s recovery and sobriety at risk, positive emotions can invoke the same problems. Celebrating a birthday, feeling confident about a work success or other success can cause a person to let their guard down. You don’t have to be in a sad place in life to want to feel like relapsing. A joyous occasion can make someone want to give himself or herself a pass too.
Mindfulness is Helpful in Early Sobriety
Since it is 100% likely that you will experience one or more of these situations or emotions, practicing mindfulness with everyday situations is a great way to prepare yourself for any unanticipated circumstances and prevent you from relapsing. Having the right mindset is a great thing to have. If you expect your recovery to be nothing but happiness and rainbows, you will be very disappointed and not prepared when real life comes back into play. When you can acknowledge that challenges will happen, and can learn how to cope with them, you will be ready to face anything that comes your way.