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Addiction Recovery

Recovery from a substance use disorder or other addiction means making a new life for yourself. This includes finding new interests. It includes building new relationships. It means taking better care of yourself. These will all help you replace substance use with a new and healthier life. They will also help you stay away from the things and people that could make you want to use again.

Make lifestyle changes

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A big part of recovery is changing habits. These are habits that may have led to your substance abuse. It’s also a time for personal growth. Below are some changes you may want to make:

  • Find new activities and goals. You may want to try new hobbies and interests. Or you may want to join an activity group to meet new people.

  • Build relationships. You may want to spend more time with loved ones you didn't see while you were using. You may also want to make new friends. And there may be some friends or family members you won't want to see because they are still using.

  • Exercise and eat well. Get some physical activity on most days. This can help you feel better. Eat healthy meals with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This can also help your well-being. A nutritionist or fitness expert can help you.

  • Keep ties with medical and addiction professionals. You may not need intense professional support. But it's important to be able to get professional help when needed.

  • Relax and get enough sleep. Good sleep can help you feel better. So can less stress. Ask your counselor about relaxation exercises. These may include meditation. Also ask about stress management classes.

  • Learn how to communicate well and resolve conflicts. Working with a counselor or support group can give you tools to solve problems, communicate, and resolve conflicts in healthy ways. For help finding behavioral health and addiction support in your area, use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration treatment locator at

Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Paul Ballas MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2022
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