Three Essential Coping Skills for a Healthy Life

Three Essential Coping Skills for a Healthy Life

It is possible to live without Ritalin after you finish rehab, but in order to stay clean you will need to develop a strong set of coping skills. Coping skills are the skills and techniques you rely on when you experience cravings or stress that would normally tempt you to turn back to Ritalin. Using coping skills to get you through everyday situations will make the same situations easier to deal with as time goes on and will help you prevent relapse. You will have to find the coping skills that work best for you, but here are a few that can be essential to a successful recovery.

Changing Your Behavior: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Falling into old habits is often the downfall of a recovering addict, but cognitive behavioral therapy can help you keep making progress and can teach you more about yourself and your addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy takes place in a one-on-one setting with a licensed therapist where he or she asks questions and helps you identify negative thought patterns or behaviors. After identifying negative behaviors, the therapist teaches you about concepts and techniques you can use to change your behavior. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to identify bad habits or behaviors and replace those with more positive ones. It takes time to see the results from cognitive behavioral therapy but over time you will see a change in the way you think and act. Most rehab programs utilize some sort of cognitive behavioral therapy. If you have completed rehab it is a good idea to continue seeing a therapist in order to touch up on what you learned during rehab and to continue building your skills for recovery.

Managing Stress: Finding Healthy Habits

Stress is one of the strongest pressures that lead a person to continue using Ritalin or other substances. In order to deal with stress and prevent it from negatively affecting your life you need to develop some ways to relieve stress when it hits. Sometimes relieving stress might mean sitting down and talking with a family member about what is bothering you, but other times you might just need to go for a run or get out and watch a movie. Try out different activities when you experience stress and determine which ones work best for you. Forming new habits can be challenging at first but if you give it enough time your habits will start to feel like second nature. If you are struggling to find new habits that you enjoy just keep trying new things and do not give up. It may take time to identify new things you enjoy but forming healthy habits to deal with stress in the future is well worth it. A few ideas for coping with stress include:

  • Exercise
  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Draw or paint
  • Mindful meditation
  • Breathing exercises

Taking Care of Yourself

Your overall wellness plays a big role in your recovery. When you do not get enough sleep, eat unhealthy or do not exercise it negatively affects the way you feel and think, whereas living a healthy lifestyle will make you feel better, in turn making it easier to abstain from substance abuse. Decisions such as how much sleep to get and whether to go for a hamburger or a healthier option may seem trivial but every decision you make is a small part of your overall story. Not getting enough sleep for instance may result in more stress. More stress does not lead to relapse but you must then use your coping skills to deal with the stress or over time you may reach a breaking point that will lead to relapse. Wellness may not seem directly tied to recovery but the better you take care of yourself the more positive you will feel, which will put you in a better mindset for recovery. Neglecting your overall health adds stress and tension, which make substance abuse seem more attractive.

Begin Your Recovery from Ritalin Addiction

Do you have a Ritalin problem? Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained addiction expert about how Ritalin rehab treatment can help you. We are standing by to speak with you 24 hours a day and can give you more information about what happens during rehab as well as direct you to an effective treatment center that meets your needs. We want to help you find the right treatment center for you, and your health insurance may help pay for treatment so be sure to ask about your policy when you call. You can start preparing for your recovery as soon as you call, so pick up the phone and call now.