Getting Your Life Back After Recovery
05/24/19: Addiction Recovery
There are many people who assume that their life will be fine and dandy once they are in recovery, but this isn’t often the case. There are many people who end up tearing their life apart while they are in active addiction. They do things that they wouldn’t normally do and end up making their life far more difficult than it has to be.
It’s important for someone to know what steps to take to rebuild their life after finding recovery. The following guide walks you through a few ways you can turn back the hands of time and try to rebuild your life after you overcome an addiction.
Go to the Doctor
The first thing you need to do after you overcome drug addiction is you need to go to the doctor. You need to have testing done to make sure that you did not contract any diseases during your period of addiction. Many people do questionable things when they are high. Some people have sex without protection with random people. Some people share drug paraphernalia with other addicts without taking into account that the person could have a disease that isn’t obvious to them.
When you go to the doctor you also need to have tests run to see how healthy your body is. Drug use affects all of your organs. You may also need to take supplements or medications to help your body repair the damage that was caused to it.
Take Care of Your Legal Troubles
Addiction can cause people to do crazy things that they wouldn’t normally do. Most addicts have some form of a rap sheet that they got through the process of doing any and everything that they could to get more of the drugs that they are addicted to. Your legal troubles won’t go away just because you stop using drugs. The law doesn’t care that you pulled yourself together and are clean and sober. You are still going to be held accountable for the things that you did when you were on drugs.
You need to contact the court and find out how much you owe in fines and if there are any outstanding warrants for your arrest. It’s better to face the consequences of your actions head-on rather than trying to run from them. It would be horrible to have rebuilt your life and then get hauled off to jail because of a warrant that was issued years ago. Most courts will work with you to pay off fines overtime and showing that you are willing to take responsibility for your actions can often lead to some leniency by a judge.
Rebuild Your Credit
When you are high, the only thing you are worried about is getting more drugs. You often don’t care about paying your bills and this can lead to you to ruin your credit. You need to contact all of your debtors and be honest with them. Let them know that you had a problem with addiction but have got your life together and would like to start rebuilding your credit. There are some debtors who will work with you and some that will require you to pay your debt in full. Try to negotiate with your debtors to see if you can pay less for a debt if you pay it in a lump sum. Every time you pay off a debt that you owe, you’ll be able to only see your credit score rise.
Repair Damaged Relationships
It’s common to burn bridges, hurt your loved ones and damage numerous relationships when you are addicted to drugs. You often become very selfish and only care about how you are going to get high again. It’s important to talk to the people you love and let them know that you are truly sorry for any and everything that you did to hurt them. There may be harsh words spoken and some people may not be willing to forgive you right away. You need to be understanding and supportive of their need to grow and heal. Be respective to the things that they say about the ways that you hurt them and try to do the things that they feel would help to rebuild your relationship with them.
Battle Your Shame and Guilt
When you become sober, there will be a lot of shame and guilt that you will feel. You need to be sure to handle that shame in a positive way to ensure you don’t end up relapsing because you cannot handle the way that you are feeling. Talk to a psychiatrist to determine how to handle your guilt and shame. They may be able to provide you with positive things that you can do to rebuild your relationships and to feel better about yourself.
Get to Know Yourself
One of the most important things you can do when trying to turn back the hands of time is to get to know yourself again. The person that you were when you were addicted to drugs isn’t who you really are. Try new things and see if any of them are interesting and enjoyable to you. There is a good chance that you could find things fun and exciting that you didn’t before you see things differently than you did before.
Rebuilding your life after addiction takes time. You need to be sure that you are willing to give yourself the time that is needed to grow and heal. If you attempt to rebuild things too quickly there is always a good chance that you could become overwhelmed and end up giving up altogether. Be sure to cut yourself some slack and realize that you are good enough and that it’s okay to grow in your own time. In order to be the best version of yourself, you need to learn who you are and push yourself to become who you want to be.
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