Recovery Milestones: The First 90 days

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Recovery from drug addiction is always described as a journey. This is because people who decide to walk away might take years to get clean. That decision is just the first step in recovery but requires a lot of effort to follow through.

In the first 90 days, certain activities taken as guidelines to aid the former addict take place. 

Daily Activities

Immediately after leaving the rehabilitation center, it is important to create a schedule of daily activities.

This may even involve scheduling every hour of the day to make sure that you are completely engaged, for example: the time to wake up, eat, and attend meetings in your recovery groups, time to exercise, etc.

When one knows what is next on schedule, you are less likely to be idle and slip into drug abuse.

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Recovery Meetings

It is also crucial to prioritize on recovery meetings. This may either be attending the 12 step group meetings that have the “90-90” rule which encourages attendance of 90 meetings in 90 days in 90 days, or the Rational Recovery Group that encourages people through their recovery milestone.

One can also create their own small support system. The support system includes different people serving different purposes-all geared towards achieving the sobriety goal! You could have a sponsor or a mentor to help you navigate through the 12 step program or to offer support in times of crisis. A health care professional too would be beneficial.

Safe Environment

Creating and maintaining a safe environment for oneself is essential in the healing process. Keep your environment free of past drug memories by throwing away alcohol bottles, left over pills, packets of cigarettes and all illicit drugs. If one doesn’t trust themselves in carrying out the activity, they can ask for assistance from their loved ones or sponsor.

This should be done immediately you come from the rehabilitation centre.


Set Goals

Just because a person is a drug addict doesn’t mean that they don’t have dreams or ambition, it’s only that the drugs become major destructors. So then, during the 90 day recovery period, it is crucial for one to set both short term and long term goals. Some of the goals may seem unrealistic at first, but that is nothing to worry about.

As time goes by, and your thinking gets clearer, opportunities that seemed non-existent slowly start getting noticed. All in all, the short term goals should complement the 90 day sobriety exercise.

Diet, Sleep, and Exercise

One is also expected to pay attention to diet, sleep and physical activity. Withdrawal effects such as anemia, a compromised immune system and general weakness of the body are to be expected.

Taking a nutritious, balanced diet, having a healthy sleeping pattern and engaging in physical activities such as exercise will go a long way in facilitating a healthy recovery.

Triggers and Social Interactions

A self-assessment should be done to identify what triggers one to feel the urge to indulge in drugs. Afterwards, coping mechanisms may be developed. Of course this would be done with assistance from a sponsor, mentor and/or a health care specialist.

Limiting social interactions with old acquaintances who might remind you of the past may also help.

Take Baby Steps

At this stage of the recovery, it is wise to take baby steps and avoid making drastic changes when you’re not ready. These may include going back to work too soon or changing jobs, marrying, doing enormous investments, or deciding to have children. The 12 steps rule insists on keeping life simple and concentrating on building on your long lost confidence.

In conclusion, recovery requires determination, discipline and support. Celebrating your milestones will help you to stay motivated. Never give up! 

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