If you recently recovered from drug addiction or are on your journey to quit drugs for good, adopting some new lifestyle habits can help you manage. It’s important to feel you have support in your continuing recovery as well as the right tools to help yourself.

Our friendly team at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. in Honolulu proudly offers services to help with substance abuse. As specialists in the field of substance abuse, we can discuss and customize the right treatment for you.

Here are some lifestyle habits that can help you with your recovery journey.

1. Exercise

Not only does exercise help you with your physical health, but exercise is also a great way to stay mentally happy. Exercise releases dopamine and serotonin, which are both chemicals released in the brain when you take drugs.

By exercising, your body provides these natural “feel-good” chemicals in a safe and healthy way.

2. Therapy

Therapy is not only useful for when you first recover from drug abuse but should be an ongoing habit to support you long-term. Some of these types of therapies include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT enables you to recognize certain behaviors that may lead to substance abuse, such as triggers that lead to you take drugs and how to behave differently when you feel triggered.

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)

REBT helps you change negative thoughts and emotions into ways to deal with your problems.

3. Support groups

Finding a support group or recovery program that works for you is an essential part of recovery. You may have heard of the 12-step method, which slowly guides you through different steps of substance abuse recovery. There are also other types of support groups.

No matter what method you choose, a support group or recovery program creates a safe space for support from others. You also learn from others in the same boat as you, which helps you feel like you’re not going through this alone.

4. Relationships

When you’re at this stage of your recovery journey, it’s important to surround yourself with people who are positive additions to your life. In many cases, you may want to cut off the people in your social circle who encourage substance abuse.

No matter what happens, you won’t be alone if you keep going to your therapy and support group, and you may even make friends with people who understand what you went through.

5. Hobbies

Hobbies can be another great way to make new friends and meet new people. Hobbies also keep your mind active. Having something to do that you genuinely enjoy can improve your mental health and keep you busy.

If you feel ready to kick your drug addiction, call our supportive team at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. at (808) 400-5003. You can also book online or use our contact form to receive additional information.

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