9 Habits That Can Ruin Your Recovery

9 Habits That Can Ruin Your Recovery

by Laura Geftman, LCSW

Following up on your addiction recovery, it’s important not to develop bad habit that will challenge your sobriety. Behavioral patterns can put you at risk for relapse. Here are nine habits you’ll may identify and will need to address to effectively avoid relapse:

  1. Falling into old habits  They say “Idle time is the devil’s play thing.” In other words, when one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. Establishing new routines to help structure your time can serve you will in early sobriety. Ensuring that you make time for all that you need to accomplish and plan for, your schedule should keep you out of trouble.
  2. Embracing negative thinking We all tend to fulfill what we think of ourselves. If all you can do is think negatively- also referred to as stinkin’ thinkin’- welp, you maybe in trouble. Finding ways to think more positively about yourself, your life and your recovery can only increase your chances of staying out of trouble.   
  3. Never exercising Exercise is an absolute must in recovery. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain that make you feel good. It can also suppress using cravings. Get out and give your body what it needs.
  4. Inability to self-soothe Numbing your pain with substances are the old way you used to manage negative thoughts and feelings. In recovery, you need to find other means to manage your self-soothing.
  5. Ignoring your stress When stress builds up, it can trigger a desire to use. You think if you just use again you can deal with your stress that way. And boom- addicted again. Let’s not let that happen. It’s important to manage your stress before it reaches that point.
  6. Overusing social media Undoubtedly there are some really great recovery sites and profiles in the world of social media. But that’s not the real world. You need real human interaction. True togetherness cannot be substituted.
  7. Not maintaining a consistent bedtime It may seem a little silly to think that like a child you need a bedtime but you do. Your bday and brain need time to recharge. Without a regular sleeps schedule, you are impeding yourself from the ample time to rebuild your energy level. 
  8. Seeking instant gratification Urges and compulsive behaviors are what led you down the road to addiction. Learning to offset your impulses will help you avoid relapse.
  9. Rationalizing bad choices Just because something bad happened to you in your past- it isn’t an excuse. Ever.

Are there more habit you’re concerned about? Others you think we should add to the list?


About Laura Geftman, LCSW

Laura Geftman, LCSW

Laura Geftman, LCSW is the Founder of The Calm, Cool & Collected and a practicing therapist. Beyond all things cannabis and mental health, Laura is passionate about developing greater understanding for kindness and acceptance. In her free time, Laura can be found on her yoga mat, in a kayak or singing karaoke.

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