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​National Public Health Week: Tips to Stay Healthy in Recovery

April 6th marks the beginning of this year’s National Public Health Week. If you or a loved one is in recovery, this week is a great time to not only focus on all aspects of your well-being, but to also reflect upon your personal journey thus far. Addiction can profoundly disrupt our lives and diminish the quality of our relationships, so it’s essential in recovery that we actively reconstruct our lives by establishing deeper, more meaningful relationships with ourselves and those around us. To be successful in recovery means to uplift ourselves to a greater level of understanding physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What we’re striving for is a complete transformation so that we avoid reverting to the same lives we had before treatment.

We’ve gathered some tips to help you and your loved ones maintain healthy lives in recovery:

  • Follow up. It’s important that you continue with aftercare after treatment. Having a plan will help you keep your goals in perspective for the rest of your life. Caron’s My First Year of Recovery is a program designed to guide alumni and their families through the challenges of early recovery. My First Year of Recovery connects patients to supportive peers and specialists as they transition, providing resources that minimize relapse.
  • Stay active. The state of your body is vital to your mental health. Exercise regularly and avoid unhealthy foods such as highly processed products and simple sugars. Set aside a few minutes each day to sit quietly and reflect. This will help you relax and remind you how peaceful it is to simply be in your own body.
  • Find community. Find a community where you can consistently commit to a healthy lifestyle. For some, this may be a 12 Step group; for others, this may be a book club, a sports team, a yoga group, or a religious community. It’s important to find a space where you can nurture your mind, body, and soul while connecting with others.
  • Love and learn every day. There are wonderful opportunities that await you. Put yourself out there and contribute something to the world, whether through a new hobby, an activity with friends, or a social cause. Devote yourself to something that will open your mind and help you grow in meaningful ways. Learn something new every day and love genuinely every day.

We hope that you can all take the time this week to put your recovery and your health in focus and continue to keep it in focus for the rest of your life. To have a healthy, happy, and purposeful life is definitely rewarding!