In early recovery, you will probably find yourself feeling extremely vulnerable. Keeping your guard up is a common defense mechanism developed by people experiencing struggles with substance use disorder (SUD). You may have experienced the world in a way that caused you to believe you needed to protect yourself. You may have been in positions where you needed to hide your emotions. When entering treatment, you must let go of unhealthy coping mechanisms.
These coping mechanisms may have seemed to serve you well in the past, but they can hurt your recovery. Coping is defined as the thoughts and behaviors mobilized to manage internal and external stressful situations, let’s talk more about various support pathways that can be beneficial for anyone recovering.
Vulnerability as a Recovery Tool
Vulnerability can be an essential tool for individuals going through a recovery program. If you can open yourself up to vulnerability, you will be able to take an honest look at yourself, your actions, and your life. It will also enable you to experience any feelings that you may have been avoiding or numbing with substance abuse. It is vital to figure out how to sit with your vulnerabilities and find healthy coping skills for uncomfortable experiences.
Addiction treatment is a complex process that can be handled through addicts’ desire to quit, family involvement, and physical and psychological treatments. Finding peace within vulnerability during recovery can be difficult, but it should be a top priority as well. While you are rediscovering and rehabilitating your state of mind, you may need extra support to manage other areas of your life. Being vulnerable and needing extra assistance should not ever be considered a sign of weakness.
The Benefit of Having Support in Multiple Pathways
Part of the recovery process includes processing your emotions, both positive and negative. This means that you will be opening yourself up to a certain amount of vulnerability. At the same time, you will also need to be keeping in mind all of the other aspects of recovery. Multiple factors are essential to success in recovery. You will need to find a nice balance between maintaining your health, establishing a home for yourself, finding a sense of purpose, and establishing social connections you can rely on.
Having support from your mental health team in multiple pathways during recovery will improve your chances for success immensely. At Lantana Recovery, we apply a modern, community-based approach to addiction treatment. We work closely with our clients to help them develop the tools they will need.
Lantana strives to help you discover coping skills while you build the foundation of your recovery. Our goal is for every client to develop independence and self-sufficiency. We understand that every person’s path to recovery is as unique as they are. Having support in all aspects of your life – from career options to social connections – will help you develop the tools you need for success.
Physical Health Network
Keeping yourself in good physical health is the best foundation you can give yourself for success in recovery. Sometimes things like dental appointments, and optometrist visits can slip through the cracks. When you have so many other things on your plate, routine medical wellness visits may not be high on your priority list.
While in recovery, it can be very helpful to have people on your team that will help you keep these health needs in mind. Your support team should be able to help you find practitioners, make appointments, and remind you about them. The Lantana team can provide just this kind of support for our clients.
Being gainfully employed will not only help you provide for your physical needs, but it will also help you strengthen your self-confidence. When you are a productive member of your community, you will feel more connected to the world around you.
If you need to seek a new employment opportunity, it can be very helpful to have support from people that have connections within the community. You might also benefit from having someone coach you through the application and interview process. Lantana Recovery has the resources to give you any support that you require when finding employment. We can help make the process less stressful for you.
Human beings are fundamentally social creatures. Social connections are an important part of our overall well-being. It is important to establish good communication skills to repair damaged relationships and make new connections.
Lantana can help you and your family members rebuild healthy relationships as “social support from family and friends has been consistently found to predict positive outcomes” (Pathways to Long-Term Recovery: A Preliminary Investigation, Laudet et al., 2002.) We can also help you discover new ways to connect with people in your community and establish or maintain friendships. Through resources, such as talk therapy or support groups, we can support our clients and their families in establishing social wellness.
Unique Support for Unique People
At Lantana Recovery, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating mental health and SUD. We will get to know you and work with you to come up with a treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Our top goal is for all participants in our programs to walk away with a better understanding of themselves and their mental health. Creating strong bonds within an understanding community is one tool we help our clients develop.
There are so many different aspects when it comes to recovery. It is important to have extra support during your unique recovery process. Lantana Recovery is dedicated to supporting you through every step of the treatment process. We believe that you deserve support in a variety of pathways, from employment opportunities to social connections.
If we can address all of your needs from a holistic perspective, we can increase their chances of success in recovery. If you are interested in more information on what makes our treatment programs different, we are here to help you or your loved ones on the path to sobriety.