Recovering from addiction takes courage and a strong will. Breaking a habit is hard enough, and it becomes enormously more difficult when addiction is involved. But your destructive coping mechanism – a drug, activity or behaviour – is impacting on your life and you are looking for change. Now you have to fight against it and leave it behind you.

You may still be in the same environment, and the problems that led you down this path may still be there – a traumatic event, an abusive childhood or loss of someone close to you, for instance. The current situation may simply be the result of a poor decision that you regret. Building resilience is a key factor in overcoming addiction and moving forward with your life. Addiction and recovery coaching can help you doing so. Get started now!

What is resilience

Your ability to face the things cause you stress in an effective way. Resilience is how well you bounce back from adversity, and how able you are move forward in life despite the challenges you face.

When you are resilient, you can adapt to a new way of life, and you make changes in your behaviour, thoughts and emotions so that you are stronger against addictive behaviours. A resilient person is therefore more in control of their life’s direction.

How to build resilience in recovery

Get help. You will need a support system to build resilience. Someone you can talk to and share your feelings and challenges. Sharing with someone you can trust makes recovery easier. If the guidance comes from a trained coach, you are more likely to succeed. Get helpful insights and an unbiased opinion to guide you down the path and celebrate your wins with you.

Change your perception. Negative thoughts can destroy your efforts towards recovery. When you fail at something and your mind immediately concludes that all hope is lost, you can find yourself in a negative spiral that undoes all your hard work. Positive self-talk and perspectives can help you avoid this.

To build resilience, try to become aware of your mindset and emotions when problems arise. How are you reacting to setbacks? Remind yourself that even when bad things happen, they are unlikely to be permanent. Coaching helps you push through your limiting thoughts and beliefs.

Self-care. Don’t forget to show yourself some love. You need to eat well, get enough rest and exercise often to keep yourself healthy. Self-care puts you in a better position to handle other challenges that you might face.

Instead of letting negative emotions control you, try meditation or mindfulness to channel your thoughts towards positive things. Build mental strength by proactively seeking out activities that give you more energy rather than those that drain you.

Coaches help you discover what is toxic in your environment. By working with a coach, you can start to create a better space for yourself – one that supports you through hardships and allows you to come out stronger.

Build your resilience with the help of an addiction and recovery coach and walk that journey with much more confidence.