Developing a routine during addiction recovery can help create stability and keep you focused on your sobriety.
Most people use a routine for their daily lives, and when you are recovering from an addiction you may find it helpful to develop a new routine that supports sobriety. Establishing and following a routine while overcoming addiction can help in many ways and could help you continue to progress during your recovery.
Routine Creates Stability
Stability is something that a recovering addict desperately needs, and developing a routine during recovery is a way to bring some stability into your life. When you leave the treatment center you may not be able to return to your old routine, but you can develop something new to help utilize your time and keep your mind on positive things.
Instead of avoiding plans for the day, each day you should follow a regular regimen, whether that involves cooking for you and/or your family, going to work, cleaning or other activities. The key to creating stability with a routine is to establish a list of activities that are required daily and sticking to them.
While there will be other obligations that pop up, having a routine will keep you busy and keep your mind occupied so you are not focused on cravings.
Routine Develops Confidence
As you continue following your daily routine you may notice it is hard to stick to at first, but the longer you continue the less you have to think about meeting your obligations.
The more you prove to yourself that you can stick with your routine, the more you will develop confidence and feel capable of taking on the additional challenges that will inevitably arise during your recovery. Developing a routine will help keep your mind off cravings and relapse and will help you develop positive habits that will be beneficial to your recovery.