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How Can a Journal Help You With Recovery?

You’ve probably been told about the power of tools in recovery. For many people, recovery is a journey that is full of surprises. It’s incredible how the world can open up for you when you’re clean and sober. Like all life, however, there are ups and downs. You may enter recovery with secrets, fears, and resentments. These are the things (triggers) poison you and halt your growth. You may not be ready to share them. Journaling is a tool that can help you work through some of your ups and downs as well as your secrets and fears.

Why Should I Keep a “Diary”?

Many people, especially men, may think that journaling is meant for teenagers to keep their secrets and crushes. But journaling can be a serious tool to help you examine your feelings and your life. You don’t need a book with a locket.

A diary is usually a book that’s used to record daily events. Journaling can take many forms and doesn’t have to talk about what you did today. You know what you did today. Instead, if you had a rough day, you can explore the emotions that you went through or talk about the challenges you want to overcome. There are many ways to use a journal. We’ll explore those next.

Ways You Can Journal in Recovery

There are many ways you can use journaling to help you in your recovery. Keeping a diary is the most straightforward, but most people find that as an adult that doesn’t suit their needs. You can also journal on specific topics daily (there are many websites that host journal writing prompts for you to get started.) A gratitude journal is also one tool that you might hear about; in this type of journal, you write the things you’re grateful for in the morning to start your day or in the evening after you’ve reviewed your day. Another method is journaling about your goals. Every day, you write about what you've done to work toward the things you're trying to do. This can help you stay motivated and chart your progress.

There are many other ways you can journal. Your sponsor may have suggestions on how to incorporate the twelve steps into your journal. You don’t ever have to share what you’re writing unless you want to, and you can write your feelings, worries, fears, and secrets down.

Journaling is just one tool you can use to help your recovery. Keep what works for you and leave the rest. Ask others in recovery about journaling and what works for them.

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Are you or somebody you love having a problem with alcohol or drugs? Recovery is possible. Learn about how you can get clean and sober in a safe, caring, holistic environment where every individual helps craft their own recovery plan. Give us a call at 619-363-4767 to learn more about how we can help. We’re happy to answer questions about insurance, and all calls are confidential.



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Mark Gladden brings both personal and professional experience to his role as co-founder of Present Moments Recovery. Now in long-term recovery himself after struggling with addiction for years, Mark understands firsthand the challenges men face in achieving and maintaining sobriety. It was this insight, combined with a desire to help others, that led Mark to establish Present Moments Recovery.

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