So often we hear phrases from normies such as, “Just don’t pick up,” Or “Don’t take that first drink and you won’t get drunk.” Typically, addicts arrive into treatment like a bleeding victim in a hospital emergency room. The focus is all about stopping the bleeding, emergency surgery, monitoring blood pressure, and heartbeat. Then, when the patient is stabilized they transition to the ICU, and then to a lower care hospital room to rest and recover. Such is it with the addict and alcoholic.
12-step meetings may conjure up images of cigarette smoking, and coffee, cookies, and donuts. And although these 12-step meeting staples help the newcomer to deal with the jitteriness of getting sober, it can’t sustain us for very long before we are in need of some healthy lifestyle changes. Times have changed for the better regarding the impact of nutrition and health, and there is a plethora of information available at our fingertips informing us how to achieve a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit.
So, in recovery when does one, exactly, begin focusing on a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet and physical exercise? The answer is immediately. But this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing way of life. Seeking balance is the main objective. Just because one doesn’t eat a healthy breakfast doesn’t mean that they can’t start over at lunch with healthier alternatives.
Reaching for a piece of fruit rather than a cookie every once in a while, drinking water in place of a sugary drink, eating healthy lean proteins rather than fast foods, all of these gradual changes make an impact on the recovering body, mind, and spirit.
Self-love and self-care at the key components here And, these changes don’t happen overnight but if you seek balance each and every day you will be well on your way in your new and healthier, clean and sober life!