Many of those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction experience painful or difficult emotions. If you are working on your recovery, you might find it challenging on some days to be happy. However, happiness in recovery is possible.
Many people fall into addiction because they suffer from depression or other mental health issues. Opiates or other drugs may have made a pre-existing mental health issue worse. This can be addressed on its own terms in therapy as you detox. At Next Wind Recovery, our professional therapists and doctors are experts at treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other co-occurring disorders that our clients might be struggling with.
Maintaining Your Progress in Addiction Recovery
Whether or not you struggle with a mental health issue, there’s no reason you shouldn’t strive for happiness when you are in recovery. With focused effort, you can detox and still feel good about yourself. Once you’ve done the hard work of beginning recovery, there are some important self-care points that you should take to heart:
- You will need community – Group therapy is central to our recovery programs. You must have genuine connections with empathetic people to succeed.
- Gratitude won’t work unless it’s actively practiced – Finding time for yourself and noticing the things in life that give you joy creates a sense of gratitude. You can build on this feeling by taking note, literally, of these things in a daily list.
- You will need friends – Now is the time to reach out and revisit friendships that may have drifted or make new friends in new situations. Just as you need a core group of people who are going through your same struggles in addiction therapy, you also need to build your own bonds outside of recovery.
- You will have to find happiness and joy in the present – Truly facing your past and accepting responsibility is difficult, and it may be even harder to let that angst and pain go. You can’t dwell on your regret and despair and still fully recover. Instead, you can concentrate on what is good and makes you happy now in the present, which is the only place where you have agency.
- Exercise can help – Starting and maintaining a new fitness regimen is a great way to demonstrate how your own body’s endorphins can sustain your happiness and wellbeing in ways no drug can. This is also a perfect opportunity to find new friendships and community in team sports, hiking, or any group physical activity.
How Our Programs Can Help You Maintain Happiness
We want you to connect with people on a meaningful level again. That’s why Next Wind Recovery uses a variety of approaches to help you build the coping skills you need. We also know that everyone is different, and in order to reach success in recovery, your individual needs must be met. Depending on your case, you may need medication-assisted treatment to stay healthy while you detox or a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Many people will benefit from our intensive outpatient program (IOP), designed to meet you where you are and let you get on with a thriving life. This program offers:
- Flexible scheduling – We will work with you to make a treatment schedule that won’t stress you out. You will feel more engaged and happy with a plan that works around your life and employment.
- Group therapy – Lasting recovery requires a strong social support network that will lift you up when things get hard. That’s why we use group therapy. Guided by experienced professionals, you’ll learn from your peers who are going through the same struggles that you are. This kind of interaction forms the crux of our treatment programs.
- Intensive individual therapy – Our team members want you to maintain happiness long after you complete our program. We will give you enduring life skills such as self-awareness, recognizing self-destructive behaviors, and how to get help.
Reach Out to Next Wind Recovery Today
It’s time to find out how you will transform your life. If you are curious or have questions, call our caring professionals today at 201.331.6569, or contact us online. You can also learn more about how recovery will work for you by looking at our support systems online. We accept both Medicaid and private insurance.