Facing a Hard Day in Recovery: It's OK To Be Not OK


OCTOBER 15, 2019

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Facing a Hard Day in Recovery: It’s OK To Be Not OK

Taking things “one day at a time” sounds wonderful on a great day, but what about when you face a hard day in recovery? This journey often feels like taking two steps forward and one step back, so it can be helpful to plan what you should do when you find yourself wanting to give up.

Focus on How Far You’ve Come

People tend to think about what’s wrong or missing rather than what they’re thankful for. In some ways, this mentality can be useful. If we didn’t notice what was wrong, we probably wouldn’t be motivated to make improvements. Looking ahead to a better future is a wonderful thing, but when your eyes are glued to the road ahead, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come.

You’ve taken some courageous steps to get to where you are today. It doesn’t matter if you’re starting recovery or have been fighting this battle for a long time. Making an effort to improve your life is brave. Even if life is difficult right now, there was likely a time when things were worse. You are making progress. On a hard day in recovery, it can be helpful to appreciate how far you’ve come.

Create a Gratitude List 

Your accomplishments aside, there are likely other positives in your life that you can focus on during a hard day in recovery. Even if it seems like everything is terrible, there will be something you can appreciate. Maybe it’s something as simple as having somewhere to sleep each night or having something to eat. It could be something like nice weather, a phone call from a friend, or a cherished pet to keep you company at home.

Spend a few minutes writing down everything positive you can think of. This activity can help shift your perspective when you’re feeling low.

Reach Out for the Right Kind of Help

Anyone with a long history of substance abuse or mental health problems likely knows that asking for help can sometimes feel risky. For example, if you tell the police you’re thinking about harming yourself, you might have to endure a forced psychiatric hold. If your life is at risk, this could be the best option. However, what if you’re not suicidal, and you’re just having a really bad day in recovery? What should you do then?

A hard day in recovery doesn’t have to mean the end of your positive progress. Reaching out to a qualified rehab center like SpringBoard Recovery can be a wonderful way to get the support you need. It’s OK to be not OK, but it’s important to know that you do deserve to feel better. Our compassionate team of professionals can connect you to a variety of programs that can help you fight your way back to the healthy life you deserve.

Contact SpringBoard Recovery today for more information about the help we can offer.


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OCTOBER 15, 2019

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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