Many people in society today lead fast paced lifestyles and struggle with balance. While the recent coronavirus crisis may have slowed life down, many people in recovery may find themselves compensating in not-so-healthy ways. For example, you may find that when you’re working from home, you’re working more hours in the day than is healthy. Or maybe you’re becoming a bit obsessive about sticking to a workout routine. Both of these examples are things that can become unhealthy quickly if you’re not careful. It’s easy for a person to trade one addiction for another.

Obsessive Behaviors Are Warning Signs

You may not think that some of your behavior, even when excessive, is a problem. Maybe you’ve been taught to believe that there’s no such thing as “too much of a good thing”. (You probably told yourself that same line when you were using your drug of choice, too.)

For a person in recovery, there is ALWAYS the potential for there to be “too much of a good thing”. Obsessive and compulsive behaviors are a part of the addiction. The truth is that your brain is rigged for addiction, and it will latch on to almost ANY activity that feels good or distracts you from your feelings and reality.

A few obsessive behaviors that can cross the line to obsession are sex, playing video games, and using social media. Using these things to “feel better” can send you into an addictive spiral where you want to block out all of your real life and focus on doing just those things. Eventually, those behaviors can lead to a relapse, because when they stop working (giving you the desired feelings) your drug of choice will start calling for you.

Finding Balance Day-to-Day

People with addiction often have a craving for MORE of anything that feels good. But this isn’t how life actually works; life is full of ups and downs. Finding balance means that you don’t have to do anything obsessively, but you DO have to live life on life’s terms. Learning to experience both the good and the bad is a healthy part of recovery and learning balance.

Here are some suggestions for finding balance now that you’re sober:

Finding balance is a constant task for many people in recovery. No matter what, your recovery should come first, because without it, all the other things you’re trying to do will suffer. Staying sober is always an important part of balancing your life. You’re worth it, so keep working your program.

Getting Help for Addiction

Do you or a loved one have a drug or alcohol problem? Help is available, even during the pandemic. We offer Medication-Assisted Treatment, detox, inpatient and outpatient services. We can help you decide what options are right for you, and how we can help by calling us at 619-363-4767.

 

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