8 Clear Signs You've Achieved Addiction Recovery

addiction change Sep 01, 2023

Recovery from addiction is a complex and personal journey, marked by various milestones that indicate progress and growth. While the path is unique for everyone, certain common indicators can signal that you've reached a significant point in your addiction recovery. Here are 8 key signs to look out for:

  1. Understanding and Clear Expectations: Recovery begins with a coherent understanding of addiction and its impact. When you've reached a point where you can clearly identify the problem and have realistic expectations of the solutions, you're on the right track. You've acknowledged the challenges and are prepared to face them head-on. While it may be tricky to know the tools and strategies right away (especially if you're starting your recovery journey now), this is when you can start to look at what options are available to you. Downloading resources such as "What is Addiction" and "What is Recovery" are two On-Demand Topics which can assist in this process. Alternatively, booking in a call to discuss your concerns and find out what the best next step is for you is a method we highly recommend. you can book a call with us on our website and be in touch that way.

  2. Framework and Process Clarity: A clear understanding of the framework and process of recovery is essential. You've educated yourself about the stages, potential setbacks, and resources available. This knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions and navigate the journey effectively. 

  3. Language as Empowerment: Language plays a crucial role in shaping our thoughts, beliefs and actions. Having shifted from self-defeating language to empowering and positive self-talk, you're fostering a mindset that supports your recovery. Your words reinforce your commitment to change and can completely alter the way you live your life.

  4. Proactive Steps: Recovery requires deliberate action (or as we like to call "considered proactive steps"). When you're consistently taking proactive steps towards your goals, such as attending therapy sessions, participating in support groups, and engaging in healthy activities, you demonstrate your dedication to breaking free from the grip of addiction. You're choosing to do things differently, re-structure your life and rewire your brain.

  5. Holistic Lifestyle: You've consciously designed your lifestyle to support your recovery. This includes cultivating healthy habits, building a strong support network, and minimising or even eliminating triggers from your environment. Your daily routines align with your recovery goals, instead of enabling unhealthy behaviours.

  6. Consistency and Effort: Recovery is a continuous effort. When you've established consistency in your actions, maintaining healthy habits becomes second nature. You're willing to put in the effort required, even on difficult days, because you understand the value of your progress.

  7. Focused Awareness: Your awareness is now centred on the reality of your situation. You've stopped rationalising or denying the impact of your addiction. Instead, you confront the challenges and celebrate the successes with a clear and balanced perspective.

  8. Mindfulness Mastery: Mindfulness is a powerful tool for managing cravings and staying present. Through consistent practice, you've honed your ability to redirect your thoughts and emotions. You're better equipped to deal with triggers and prevent relapse by staying grounded in the present moment.

It's important to remember that recovery is NOT something we get, it's something we do. By actively participating in the above steps you'll know you're on your way to maintaining recovery. While it may seem that "recovery is achieved", that's really not the case. Instead, continuing to the work, being mindful of complacency and honesty at all points of your recovery is necessary. 

These signs indicate progress, but setbacks and lapses may still occur. The key is to remain patient and compassionate with yourself. Surrounding yourself with a strong support system and seeking professional help when needed can provide the additional guidance and encouragement necessary to maintain your recovery.