Getting clean is no easy task. When you have made the transition from a life riddled by addiction and turn the page and start a new chapter in recovery, you will learn new ways to handle your thoughts and emotions. You may have relied on substances to help cope with problems but learning how to take on issues and work through them clean can be very rewarding.
When you are brand new to recovery, it is important for you to get as much information as possible. Look to people who have been successful in their recovery for advice and learn to listen without talking too much in the beginning. The things you were doing for a long time were not working, so chances are that you picked up a lot of bad habits along the way.
It is very important to surround yourself with positive people. People that you want to become. There are many old sayings that explain that you are the company you keep. Therefore, if you are constantly around positive people in recovery, chances are that you too will become one of those people.
Most importantly be very careful when listening to people's advice. Everyone wants to share their experience and to tell you what they think you should do with your life. While it is important to listen to people successful in recovery, you need to understand that recovery is not one size fits all. What may have worked for one individual does not mean it will work correctly in your recovery. Be very careful of people who say you “need” to do something in order to get and stay clean. Everyone is different. Take advice but only implement it if it fits with your life. That is why it is so important to surround yourself with many different people in recovery and take tips and advice from all of them. You will quickly see that these people do not all follow the same routine.
Recovery is not a specific equation. I wish there was one way or one rule to follow for everyone to get clean. Though many methods have helped thousands, they do not fit or work for everyone. This is very important to understand when you are new to recovery. Be open to try new things and learning from people who are willing to give you their time. Never turn down an opportunity to learn something from someone who wants to help you. The more ammo you have to fight against your cravings and triggers, the better off you will be in the long run.