Being in recovery is when those positive shifts and values become part of a voluntarily adopted lifestyle. Even people with severe and chronic opioid misuse disorders can, with help, overcome their addiction and regain health and social function. Each individual's recovery journey is different, so what may work for adults may be different for youth or older adults. 

There are four important factors that support recovery:

  • Health- overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home- having a stable and safe place to live. 
  • Purpose- conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community- having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope. 

The road to recovery may be overwhelming at first, but the point is to get started. Here are a few tips on how to take those first steps toward sobriety. 

Preparing for Change

1. Decide you want and need change 

2. Track your habits and what needs to change

3. Examine past attempts at sobriety

4. Remove all temptations

Recovery Tips

1. Care for your mental health

2. Work on your relationships with friends and family

3. Focus on healthy relationships

4. Learn how to do fun things alone

5. Find ways to cope if your old triggers reappear

Avoiding Relapse

1. Avoid triggering situations

2. Join a support group

3. Participate in aftercare

4. Get active and exercise

5. Participate in sober activities

6. Build a healthy and supportive social network