Spring Time is Almost Here!

Being in recovery is an awesome experience, especially when looking back at where you’ve come from and seeing how far you’ve come. It can be easy to let recovery fall by the wayside and become content once you’ve made it for some time in recovery but that’s exactly what we want to avoid. In the spirit of spring time arriving shortly (Okay, it’s still a month away, but we can dream about sunny skies and warmer weather now), here’s a bit of motivation to rock your recovery world and spice things up.

In recovery, you’ll probably talk a lot about motivation, after all, motivation is going to be a serious driving factor of your recovery. Motivation is multidimensional and as soon as you learn to harness your own motivation and take the reins over it, the sooner you’ll become successful. Very few people recognize that motivation “encompasses the internal urges and desires felt by the client, external pleasures and goals that influence the client, perceptions about risks and benefits of behaviors to the self, and cognitive appraisals of the situation.”

What this means is that you’ll need to consider many things to maintain your motivation to stay in recovery. As you learn and grow and move through life, motivation will constantly change and evolve. It’s fluctuating nature makes it a dynamic that bends and grows with you.

As we move through seasons of the year, we move through different seasons of life and different events will have different effects on your recovery. You’ll want to keep in mind how those critical life events are affecting you, take inventory on your cognitive evaluations of events, recognize negative consequence as they are happening, not after they’ve flown by.

Most importantly, you’ve got to recognize your negative and positive external incentives. Enhance your own motivation by remaining engaged in your recovery, constantly seeking new positive motivation, and reflecting on negative thoughts, behaviors, and consequences of events that are going on in your life.

When you take control of your motivation, you take control of your recovery.

SAMHSA. “Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment”. (book). 2013
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