Practicing Kindness in Addiction Recovery


Addiction is a cruel disease that can strip away all you hold dear, including your health, your happiness and your relationships with loved ones. Once you commit to working on your recovery, one of the first things you’ll need to re-learn is how to be kind – both to yourself and to those around you. Here are five ideas for developing a practice of kindness.

1. Make Time for Self-Care

Setting aside time each day to exercise, practice a musical instrument, read, write in your journal or do a new hobby might sound self-indulgent, but practicing self-care is essential in addiction recovery because it can help stave off depression and keep you feeling positive about the progress you’ve made. 

2. Meditate Daily

Kindness can and should be a mindfulness-based practice. When you are intentional about treating yourself and others kindly, you’ll begin to notice other acts of kindness that occur around you each day. A type of meditation called loving-kindness meditation can help you set your intentions around the kindness you receive from others, as well as how you can be more compassionate in the way you interact with the world.

3. Practice the Golden Rule

We all learned growing up that we should always treat others the way we would like them to treat us. However, how many of us have made this rule part of our daily lives? Too often, we get so wrapped up in our responsibilities that we lose sight of our place in the grand scheme of things. Everyone you interact with has unique struggles and things to worry about, and in their minds, those concerns are just as important as whatever you might be dealing with. When you interact with people each day, try to put yourself in their shoes and practice compassion toward them.

4. Nourish Your Body

Failing to eat healthy foods in addiction recovery is another way you can be unkind to yourself. A balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins can not only help keep your weight stable, but it will also make you feel better. As a result of choosing to put nutritious, whole foods on your plate, you will have more energy and will also be more resilient against illness. 

5. Forgive Yourself

Letting go of mistakes you’ve made can be one of the hardest things to do, but you can’t be kinder to others until you have learned to be kind to yourself. When a painful thought or embarrassing memory of your past comes up in your mind, don’t dwell on it. Instead, accept it as part of you, recognize you aren’t that person anymore, then move on. It doesn’t do you any good to live in the past. If you find yourself struggling to forgive yourself, work on this with a therapist. 

Outpatient Treatment and Transitional Living Solutions for Women Living With Addiction

Don’t let addiction take away your joy in life. Rediscover who you are without drugs and alcohol clouding your judgment at Canyon Crossing in Prescott, AZ. We offer a single-gender treatment environment where women can forge new friendships, learn healthy coping mechanisms and emerge on the other side as healthier, more confident and more compassionate people. To learn more about how we can help you become whole again, contact us today.

Benefits of Residential AddictionTreatment

You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick. This is the philosophy behind our residential addiction treatment program. At Canyon Crossing, women learn to live life on life’s terms while staying in a safe, substance-free setting. This gives our clients the space and peace needed for lasting recovery.
Our residential program combines high-accountability sober living arrangements with first-rate clinical care. While staying in our homes, clients participate in process groups, one-on-one counseling sessions, and hands-on learning opportunities. They also receive ongoing training; in these meetings, life skills like financial management and conflict resolution are imparted. All of this happens with 24/7 encouragement, guidance, and supervision from our clinical team.
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