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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Decluttering for Addiction Treatment

spring decluttering for addiction treatmentWhile most people vacuum and clear out the cobwebs during spring cleaning, men and women recovering from substance abuse can view this annual ritual through the lens of mind, body, and spirit. Routinely taking stock of your lifestyle, emotions, and physical health brings about renewal. 

What Is Cluttering Your Life?
When you get rid of the “junk” in your life, you make room for growth, self-discipline, and sobriety progress. Take a period of self-examination this spring and resolve to take action against these clutter items:

• Financial pressure. Chances are addiction caused some degree of financial ruin in your life. Whether it’s outstanding credit card balances, job loss, or a depleted savings account, it’s time to make a plan. Work with a life skills coach or schedule an appointment with a financial planner so you can get your money back on track. Even the simple step of creating a basic budget will give you a sense of control.

• Overscheduling. Part of your addiction recovery may require finding new employment, pursuing new hobbies, and connecting with new, sober friends. In your quest to fill the gaps that used to be reserved for drinking or using, it is easy to overschedule yourself. Many men and women justify this process by telling themselves that they need to stay busy to keep their mind off of addiction. Remember, though—increased stress can lead to relapse. Strive for life balance and say no to over scheduling.

• Overstimulation. We have gotten used to non-stop input, but studies show that peaceful people are intentional about quiet time. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes per day to be still. Retreat to a stimulation-free environment, enjoy a cup of tea, or soak in a hot bath. Your quiet time may include prayer and spiritual growth, or it may just be a good time to concentrate on your breath, journal your feelings, or begin a yoga and meditation practice.

Create Space for Growth this Spring
This year, begin your spring by decluttering your physical space, as well. Pick one space to clean each day, and purge unneeded items— especially those that remind you of your addiction. You may not even realize it, but extra “stuff” can make you feel edgy, anxious, and overwhelmed. If you struggle in this area, ask a friend to help or hire a professional organizer to direct your efforts. Clutter-free environments bring a sense of calm and allow you to focus 100% of your energy on your recovery.

The addiction specialists at Coast to Coast Recovery provide support as you declutter your life from drugs, alcohol, or decades of emotional baggage. Call 800.210.8229 to begin the treatment matching process or inquire about our residential drug and alcohol treatment programs.

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