The following is a list of traits that have been in common with many people that are experiencing recovery with a high rate of success.
1. They are supported by a community of people that can relate to the issue, addiction is a disease of isolation and the opposite of addiction is connection
2. They have been through some kind of addiction treatment program and mental health program to work through the issues that may have started the addiction (self-medication) process
3. They make recovery a priority in their lifestyle, take care of it, nurture it, and it will grow
4. They have made positive life changes to alter the lifestyle from where the use was prevalent
5. They realize that the way we see things are based on our perception that is our current understanding of the information that we have now that can be distorted and altered by things that we thought we knew and understood
6. They have taken back their power, and with that power comes the acceptance of responsibility for their own actions
7. They work on ways to reduce stress and is always looking for something that works better
8. They work on positive self-image by looking at the distortions we have about ourselves
9. They Take the risk to talk about what is going on with others to become more self-aware
10. They are Accountable to someone else and that person is willing to hold the person in recovery’s feet to the fire and are not just a “yes man”
11. They make positive, healthy life changes in nutrition, water intake, sleep, and physical activity
12. They don’t take life so seriously, they understand that most things are not about them and are not in their control
13. They don’t bury their emotions. They feel them, acknowledge them, process them, and let them go
14. They practice patience, remember when we always wanted everything “right now”, that instant gratification is what lead to deeper addiction
15. They are always looking to help others, in addiction we were self-centered, the world revolved around us
16. They accept people for who they are, with non-judgement, and not based on who we feel they should be or how they should experience their own personal recovery
17. They understand that recovery is different for everyone, like an old pair of shoes that are fit to your feed through long miles of walking, they would feel awkward and uncomfortable on someone else
18. They understand that they are not alone, they don’t have to be alone, and choose to not be alone anymore
19. They choose to be better today than they were yesterday and do the things necessary to ensure that they will be better tomorrow than they were today.
The road is long and hard but if we walk it together we can move mountains.