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Sobriety is intimidating for those who are new to recovery. Sober living carries the stress of possible relapse, especially in the early stages when the habit of sobriety is newly established. During early treatment, many medical professionals recommend sober journaling as a means of engaging actively with the process, tracking progress, and monitoring risk. So let’s discuss the benefits of sober journaling as well as provide prompts to jumpstart this vital resource in your recovery journey.
Stay proactive in your addiction treatment with sober journaling as a way of structuring yourself in recovery. Sober Journaling helps you manage and process all the potentially overwhelming feelings and events of early recovery. But it’s important to track milestones with any backslides you may encounter in tandem. It’s all an equally valid part of recovery. The following are some aspects of sober journaling that aid in treatment:
Process Difficult Emotions Associated With Addiction
Recovery may expose some difficult realizations about yourself. After all, most treatment programs are ingrained in introspection, evaluating coping skills, and establishing boundaries. This process can be equally parts frustrating and enlightening. Some emotions can even be scary, but the habit of cataloging raw emotions can be therapeutic.
Track and Celebrate Milestones
It’s important to acknowledge victories in early recovery, no matter how small and ridiculous some might seem. These little celebrations help to milestone progress and forward momentum in a successful recovery. Every day of continued sobriety is an accomplishment that deserves to be recognized. This physical representation of progress serves as a source of motivation.
Mindfulness and Accountability
Sober journaling also keeps you actively thinking about what you require in order to continue a successful, safe, and healthy recovery. You can track symptoms, recognize triggers, and compile coping tactics to prevent any backsliding. If a relapse occurs, track it, and learn from it. What needs to change in order for you to continue a successful recovery journey?
- Write a goodbye letter to a habit or aspect of your life that you want to eliminate during your recovery journey.
- How have you seen yourself progress positively in the past week?
- Draft a list of everything in your life you’d like to say “No” to.
- How are you doing? Be unflinchingly honest.
- What do you want people to know about you when you meet them for the first time?
- Do you have plans for tomorrow? What are they?
- List some short-term recovery goals/mile markers.
- List some long-term recovery goals/mile markers.
- What is your personal definition of successful recovery?
- List of triggers, retroactive and in real-time.
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