Recovering from drug addiction is a difficult path but it can be made easier with the right approach and determination from the person who is suffering from addiction. There is a 12-step program that many addicts can go through, but there is another path that can be taken which uses a more holistic approach that is starting to gain more and more recovered addicts. This new program is called Recovery 2.0.
Created by Tommy Rosen, who was a former drug addict himself and used this form of recovery to supplement his 12-step program, Recovery 2.0 has become a global movement to include yoga, meditation, and healthy eating into addiction recovery because these holistic approaches can save lives and lessen an addict’s rebound back into addiction. However, Rosen also says that Recovery 2.0 can be used in conjunction with a 12-step approach and the two don’t have to be completely separate addiction recovery methods.
Rosen does Skype interviews and meetings with those looking for recovery as well as having published a companion book also named Recovery 2.0. The outpouring of messages he has received from former addicts who used yoga and meditation and balancing their diet has been overwhelming and all the more reason that a holistic recovery should be included in the overall process.
There still needs to be the recovery process of admitting there is an addiction, allowing loved ones to help, but there should also be self-discovery through yoga and meditation to help with the recovery path instead of only heavily relying on medication or AA meetings.
Some rehab centers have started to do similar approaches to Recovery 2.0, which includes activities such as painting, horseback riding, as well as the staples of yoga, exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits.
Many people make resolutions for the New Year without thinking about how they’ll follow through with them for the duration of the whole year. If your New Year’s resolution is sobriety, think about making one or more of the following goals to help you keep your resolution through the year.
- Understand the addiction.
Learning as much as you can about addiction is the first step toward changing your ways. Knowing that you have to fight against your body’s tendency to drink helps you understand that it isn’t a curse or some sort of innate failing.
Getting help from a professional counselor or support group can make a big difference in achieving sobriety. Many of these people have also dealt with sobriety and can talk about how they stayed on the path to recovery.
- Be open about your challenges.
It can be tough to talk about your struggle to get sober. However, the more that people know the more that they’ll be able to help you. Discuss your successes and failures, communicating how you feel about them.
- Surround yourself with people who motivate and support you.
When you’re trying to get sober, the last thing that you need is people who will tempt you with alcohol or who won’t support your commitment to change your behavior.
- Get at the root of the addiction.
For many addicts, there is an underlying problem that leads to the addictive behavior, such as depression or past trauma. Working through these issues will prevent you from returning to old habits.
- Keep the long view in mind.
Sobriety is not something that happens overnight. Many people struggle to get sober for months or even years and often have setbacks along the way. However, the long term success will be worth the short-term sacrifices.
Addiction comes in a variety of forms and it doesn’t just apply to illegal substances. We can be addicted to alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and a host of readily available and completely legal products. While addiction is, in real terms, a form of mind control, you can also use mind control to curb your addictions.
Addiction is not relegated to within certain geographic or cultural boundaries. It does not prey solely on the weak and it isn’t limited to the homeless or unemployed. Some types of people are naturally more susceptible to addictions than others, with teenagers in particular falling under a high-risk category.
Teenagers are already in a state of flux, emotionally, mentally and physically. We experience some of our roughest growing pains as we travel through our teenage years. Teens seek approval from peers and will test the boundaries of the world around them. They push limits and buttons, often without effort, while they try to figure out who they are and where they fit into this society. They are vulnerable, which makes them easy targets for introduction to the world of addictions.
Education and awareness are the best resources to help teenagers develop a solid mental foundation for understanding and recognizing addiction. It can help them avoid falling prey to addictive behaviors and substances. While we often think to ourselves, “it won’t happen to me,” it can and it will.
Having the strength of will and character to “just say no” is one of the best personality traits you can have. Keeping your mind focused on positive, enriching and healthy activities and behaviors will provide you with the best possible outlook for your future. Your mind is the most powerful tool you have, so make the most of it.