One of the pitfalls of walking on the road to recovery is that a person may come to believe that, since they’ve been well-off so far, they’re in the clear, so to speak. He or she may think that they can’t possibly return to old habits because, in their mind, they’ve moved so far past those days of indulgence and vice. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking can be extremely dangerous for someone in a detox program because it may lead to the slippery slope of allowing oneself to slip back, little by little, into unhealthy behaviors.
Old Habits Die Hard
The journey for patients working through a detox program can be difficult enough without factoring in the perils of falling back into addictive habits. While many would say that the difference between “the right path” and “the wrong path” are obvious, it can be less easy to avoid starting toward a direction that will lead to “the wrong path.” Some of these concerning states of mind might begin with:
- “There’s no way I could go back to my old behavior.”
- “I can bend the rules and still be OK.”
- “I’m a different person than I was back then.”
It isn’t hard to imagine why these thoughts might lead to a relapse for a person within a detox program or who is in recovery. It may be a long time after what the patient sees as the worst of their addiction and thus they want to believe that they’re untouchable from the temptations of the past. Granted, it’s fine, and can even be encouraging to believe that you’ve traveled far from who you used to be and to tell yourself that things are different in the present. The trouble comes when that belief leads to incidences of self-destructive behavior; the individual has to continue on knowing that each day could be a new battle or struggle even after successfully making it to the other side a detox program.
As discussed before, trying to practice “mindfulness encourages awareness and intention, which can counteract mindless stumbling through our lives.” That doesn’t mean the process will be easy or even close to it, but it’s a good start toward a more grounded and secure recovery. In order to steer clear of the desires or ways of thinking that may lead back to old lifestyles, it’s helpful to acknowledge the way that you’re feeling, which can make it easier to understand where the urge came from and how to avoid it. Also, try to not make it easier for yourself to engage in questionable behaviors; don’t place yourself into situations where you know there could be exposure to past vices or to people who encourage those actions.
If you have a moment of “weakness” in or out of a detox program, don’t feel as if all the work is lost. Really, it just takes a determined mindset to be able to step back down the right path toward recovery and a healthier lifestyle. For more information on how to avoid falling back into old habits while in a detox program, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
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