People usually say that the first 90 days of your addiction recovery are the most critical. Which could be a bit of a generalisation, but there is also a lot of truth in there too. The reason is that the actions you take and the decisions you make during this initial phase will map out what is to come and determine to a large extent what happens next. Additionally, the first 90 days are the period during which the large majority of relapses occur.
Regardless of what type of addiction you are recovering from, there are some universally applicable tips that can certainly help you. So for everybody entering this truly important recovery moment, here is a brief overview of 8 key guidelines from the experts specialising in gambling addiction counselling on Harley Street London for getting through these first 90 days:
- First up, it’s advisable to create and subsequently follow a very detailed daily schedule. While it might on the surface appear somewhat mundane to have all your days already mapped out, it’s nevertheless a crucial part of the recovery. The reason is that by knowing what you need to be doing, where you need to be and who you need to be doing it with, you will never find yourself at a loose end with some “blank spot” in front of you.
- If you have decided to attend support groups and meetings, these should be made a priority during the first 90 days. Not only will the content of the meeting help guide you in the right direction, but by attending meetings on a regular basis you will find yourself much less likely to relapse. You will need to keep yourself busy and this is a fantastic way of making it happen.
- It is also very important upon finishing a program of rehabilitation to find yourself a therapist, counsellor or mentor to assist with your on-going recovery. There will be times when you just need to pick up the phone and talk to an objective third-party who knows precisely what they’re talking about. If possible, try to find yourself a good counsellor early on in the process, giving you enough time to build a trusting and strong relationship.
- Taking good care of yourself is of paramount importance during the first 90 days, as you need to make sure that your body is in the best possible shape to deal with what it’s going through. From the detox process to regaining your strength and through to supporting healthy and strong function, this is a time during which anything other than perfect health will make the process significantly more difficult than it needs to be.
- You will need to ensure that during your recovery – however long it might be – that you create and sustain the safest possible environment. You will need to make sure that your home is nothing less than a sanctuary in which you feel entirely safe and free from temptation. This might mean going about the process of physically removing all temptation from the place, while at the same time asking your family to do the same.
- While it could usually be said for certain that there will be some family members and close friends who will offer their support instinctively, there is also no shame in asking others for help. It could be family friends you alienated during your addiction, friends you have not spoken to for some time or really anyone else you feel might assist you with your progress. If there ‘s anyone who might have a positive effect on your life going forward, take the effort to involve them.
- It could also be very motivating, beneficial and therapeutic in general to create yourself a list of goals. This means documenting what you intend to achieve in the next week, next month, next 6 months, by the end of the year and even as far as 10 or 20 years from now. What you’re basically doing is to map out your intended progress and give yourself some measurable goals to work towards. And each time you meet a short-term goal, you must make sure to reward yourself accordingly.
- Last up, one of the most crucial rules to follow regarding the recovery process is to always take your time. Instinct will try to tell you that shorter is better and you might wish to dive headfirst back into each aspect of your life. Sadly, if you try to take on more than you could handle, you might put yourself in increased likelihood of relapse.