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A Few Things to Remember When Starting the Recovery Process

Ready for the journey? Get your snacks packed, grab some water, and make sure you go to the bathroom before we leave. As an experienced clinician, I have some tips for your Workit trip before we get started:

You are okay.

You may not feel like it, but trust me you are. Really. You are okay and things can get better. Your body, brain, heart, and everything else can heal. Promise.

Seize that spark.

You are reading this because something inside you wants to win. Grab onto it and start running! Repeat after me: I deserve this. A little motivation can blossom into amazing things. Take it from us.

No one is hopeless.

You are amazing and resilient; you just need to learn how to embrace and own that. We can help. Everyone deserves a redo. You included.

You are not alone.

Other people have gone through what you have gone through. Tapping into their perspective can be a huge relief and help. Remember—if it has a name, it has been done before.

Now is the time.

Your life is precious. Way too precious to let slip by without giving yourself the chance of addressing whatever brought you here. Invest in yourself. It will repay you for the rest of your life.

You can always go back.

For many of us, this was a comforting thought that got us through the early days of kicking our bad habits. Treat it as a grand experiment. Your vices aren’t going anywhere. If the pros don’t outweigh the cons after 90 days, you can go back to your old ways.

Changing behavior is never easy, but that’s a good thing.

A good rule of thumb: the harder it is, the more you stand to gain.

Your coach or counselor doesn’t judge.

We love helping people. That’s what brought us into this field, and we do it with enthusiasm and no judgment.

Perfect will not happen.

But better will. Rebounding is a muscle you will learn to strengthen.

Spot every win, and celebrate! 

Your coach or counselor will cheer you on for the seemingly “little” wins, because small changes add up! Even just entertaining the idea of change, for example, is a win. You’re onto something.

Sleep is weird.

When you stop or reduce an addictive behavior, your sleep patterns can change. You might find yourself too awake or too drowsy, but it won’t last forever. In the meantime, we have strategies to help.

You can still make mistakes.

Even stone-cold sober people have been known to do some interesting things and exercise some very poor judgement. Don’t kick yourself too much over it; learn and move on.

Honesty and accountability will save you.

The secret behaviors you do, that you feel shame about, can quickly become the bat that hits you and then the relief you see for your wounds. Telling your coach means they can help stop the shame spiral. As professional counselors, they are literally trained to be nonjudgmental.

There are many paths, find what works for you.

Research has shown that people can recover in many ways, so mix and match tools until you find a combination that works for you. Ask your coach for addiction resources.

Your coach or counselor is here for you 100%.

If you’re in your own head thinking, “How could anyone possibly want to join this party?” believe me, we do. We live, breathe, and were trained to help people exactly like you.

You can do this. We can help. Let’s go!

Where to now?

Start your recovery today. Download our app or sign up for a free 5-week course.

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Where to now?

Start your recovery today. Download our app or sign up for a free 5-week course.

Chrissy Taylor is a clinician with over a decade’s worth of experience working with various disempowered populations to promote self-efficacy and resource acquirement.

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