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Friday, November 29, 2019

How do you win the fight?

  You can win the fight of recovery, in sometimes, unthought of ways. I have a list that I try to follow daily, because I struggle a lot. Over the next week, I'll talk about my list. Today I want to talk about HEALTY HABITS. In addiction, let's face it, our habits are not healthy for us. If I would have stayed on the path of my addiction, I surely would have wound up dead. Leaving behind a Wife and Kids that I'm everything to. We get so caught up in our addiction, and our addiction takes control of us to the point that we don't see our habits as unhealthy. Until we learn how to change our habits and make them healthy, we can not recover.

 So, what are healthy habits? According to healthline.com, "healthy habit is any behavior that benefits your physical, mental, and emotional health. These habits improve your overall well-being and make you feel good. Healthy habits are hard to develop and often require changing your mindset." 
Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT on August 4, 2016 Written by The Healthline Editorial Team

 Often, our habits in addiction do make us feel good, but are far from healthy. When I was about to be released from treatment I knew that I had to change my habits. Like a lot of you I had my doubts. How could I have fun in life anymore? It's going to be so boring. I was trying to mentally relapse before I even started. 

 What sets us addicts apart is our addictive personality. We set our minds on something and we go ALL out. It's programed in us. Understand, we will always be that way. We can't change this, we have to learn around it. Make sure that you don't turn a healthy habit into an unhealthy habit.

 For example, I have found a love for walking. I started it in treatment and immediately developed a passion for it. Hey, I also lost about 20lbs doing it for a few weeks. So it must be healthy right? Well, the problem was, I loved it to much! I started walking every morning  and night. It consumed me. I found myself only thinking about walking. My quality time with my family started to suffer. I had to learn a balance between the two.

 I encourage you to find your healthy habit. Find something that motivates you, that drives you to be better. Release the bad habits and focus on the fight.

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