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PHASES OF RECOVERY – PHASE ONE

Phases of Recovery

Recovery does not happen at once. It occurs in phases. There are many theories regarding the correct number of phases and their length. Each theory is an opinion and is meant to act as a guideline. In general, the length of time it takes to complete each phase is mostly based on your efforts. Completing specific tasks doesn’t necessarily end a phase. Recovery can’t just be computed. It also has to be felt. Rather than completing tasks like a robot, attempt to sincerely connect with your full emotional experience and the spirit of recovery. This approach will give you a greater chance of success.

To achieve and maintain quality recovery, do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes!

Phase One: Primary Recovery

Phase One, the primary recovery phase, starts the day you commit to your recovery and extends for about six to twelve months. The goal of Phase One is to develop the foundation you need to be successful in recovery. In this early recovery period, it’s vital to open up your mind and build a support team. Listen to trusted others, work with a mentor, and, if required, seek the advice of a MD. Work within a recovery structure, completing needed tasks and goals.

Withdrawal from drugs and sugar occurs during the beginning of the primary recovery phase. Your initial treatment program is completed during this phase. The supportive treatment that follows primary care, is usually called continuing care or aftercare. This aftercare is very valuable. Make use of it!

It’s essential that you stay actively involved in your recovery throughout Phase One and beyond. It is widely believed that you should maintain a solid recovery structure for at least two years; however, you need to be involved in your recovery for as long as is necessary to be successful. Many people stop participating early and relapse.

Phase One: 6-12 months building a foundation - Listen, learn and follow.

The Three Major Stages of Primary Recovery are:

Withdrawal: During the initial period of physical and emotional withdrawal, you need to focus on taking care of yourself. Consume quality nutrition, drink water, and exercise; be around supportive people and attempt to do small but positive and productive tasks. Stay focused on necessary and immediate needs and issues you can do something about. Initial drug withdrawal will take between a few days to a few weeks (six or more for marijuana). For some medications, it takes years for full withdrawal.

High-quality nutrition reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Honeymoon: As you start to become healthier, you may feel overly happy with your newfound recovery. The return of your health, energy, and brain chemistry may make you feel ready to go. You may have thoughts of ending treatment. Be very careful! This sense of well being isn’t entirely whole. You aren’t healthy yet. It takes time to heal, so don’t take on things that are unnecessary. Focus on building your recovery. Usually, this honeymoon feeling will last about three months, but it varies according to the person and the addiction.

Always remember your negative using history! Especially if early recovery is easy!

Facing Reality: The truth of your reality at this point may be more about the wreckage than the rewards, and that’s hard to deal with. You’ll come down from the honeymoon period and remember that parts of recovery are hard, not just positive and happy. This becomes a risky period. At times, you may feel like going back to old, familiar situations that provided a false sense (even briefly) of happiness. Because early using memories may be pleasant, they can easily be romanced. Remember, this is a relapse symptom. Breathe and face reality. It is the only way you can move past the wreckage.

Always remember your negative using history! Especially if early recovery is easy!

During Phase One, many people will feel better quicker than expected. This may lead them to question if they were as sick as they thought. Always remember your past. Your recovery process should follow a proven approach that works for you, and then add personal aspects to meet your unique needs.

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Thriving Beyond Addiction’s Red Dot Reminder Check-in System

Red Dot Reminder

Red Dot Reminder Check-In System – Like a red stoplight or a hand signal at a crosswalk, these highlight boxes offer reminders of recovery skills, tools, and strategies.

When you see a Red Dot Reminder, it’s a cue for you to stop and focus on your recovery by:

  • Remembering to breathe and relax.
  • Observing yourself and your situation.
  • Reminding yourself what’s most important to your recovery.
  • Remind yourself that doing this check-in is helpful.

The Red Dot Reminders help you stay aware that there are forces within yourself that may undermine your recovery. Your own instincts, emotions and past behavioral patterns can thwart your desire for recovery. You have compelling reasons you seek recovery – the Red Dot Reminders help you remain aware of those reasons even when your past behavioral patterns try and reemerge.

Red Dot Reminder highlight boxes serve to keep you on track and remind you why you want a healthy recovering lifestyle. Examples are:

  • I need to feel proud of myself, to see a look of pride in my (family’s) face!
  • I want to live a spiritual driven life!
  • I want to be a good parent and a role model!
  • I want the best life I can have!
  • I want to live happy, joyous and free!
  • I never want to experience the negative consequences of addiction!
  • I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Each time you check in with yourself, it’s a chance to consciously refocus. In time, the new behavior will sink into your unconscious mind and will become the new you!

Hand - Red Dot Reminder

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Recovery Coach Tom Rohrer – Things Self-Destructive People Do That Makes Their Life Harder

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have a really difficult time in life? Have you often thought that they should turn their life around? Well, we have, and here are some things we’ve noticed that self-destructive people do that makes their life much harder.
 

 
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Recovery Coach Tom Rohrer – Benefits of Recovery Coaching

Wonder why you should care about Recovery Coaching? Consider these benefits and find yourself getting one.
 

 
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Recovery Coach Tom Rohrer – Ways to Fight Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction does not have to be a prison sentence. Recovery can give you freedom from addiction and the adverse repercussions of addiction. Here are ways to fight alcohol addiction that are meant to supplement treatment from an alcohol abuse and addiction program.
 

 
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