Throughout your recovery, you’re going to find that there will always be something new to learn about yourself and what works/doesn’t work for your healing journey. Luckily, you’ll meet a lot of people during your treatment at Avalon Malibu who will help you to identify and practice positive coping strategies.
During this process, it’s important to remember that the small choices you make daily add up, and ultimately, they will either propel you forward in your recovery or pull you back from your goals. As you increase awareness around old behaviors and new ways of living, there are a few basic things to avoid during the beginning of your recovery.
Consuming too much sugar
It’s not uncommon for those in recovery to find themselves “replacing” their old addiction with new addictions, like sugar. Processed sugar activates the reward system in the brain, the same way alcohol, drugs, and other substances do.
While it may not feel as harmful as substances, excessive sugar consumption can have lasting negative effects on the mind as well as the body, leaving you more susceptible to relapse.
Individuals in addiction recovery often report the tendency towards isolation. This experience is intensified when feeling lost and/or alone in your recovery.
The beginning stages of sobriety can be confusing and uncomfortable. Fear of putting yourself out there, being vulnerable and feeling feelings is normal, especially after years spent numbing all emotions.
In this context, isolation makes sense. It allows you to keep hiding.
However, reaching out and creating a community is crucial for long-term sobriety. Building a strong support system should be a priority, and could save your life in the long run.
Drinking too much caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant and, as such, tends to increase stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, individuals new to recovery lack the proper coping skills to adequately navigate these emotions.
Therefore, excessive caffeine consumption can lead them to potential relapse. Additionally, increased consumption of caffeine can negatively impact sleep due to elevations in adrenaline levels.
If you are in addiction recovery, you must get the right amount of sleep consistently to maintain mental, emotional and physical functioning throughout your day. While coffee may seem to help you “keep up” with the day, when used inappropriately, it can become dangerous.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Avalon Malibu is here to help. Whether you are new to recovery or have some experience in the community, we are confident we can help you build a foundation in your sobriety that will support you in maintaining long-term recovery.
Our professionals specialize in creating individualized treatment plans based on your unique needs. Reach out to one of us today for a consultation, at 844-857-5992.