Take a peek up from your Us Weekly. We are uncovering four things we bet you didn’t know about the first year of addiction recovery.

These days, you can’t flip on the television, check your email, or even buy groceries without being bombarded with headlines boasting the next celebrity rehab fail. When shed in such a volatile light, it can be difficult to form a knowledgeable opinion on rehab and the addiction recovery process. So – let’s clear the air, shall we?

Everything will change (if you let it)

Allowing change into your life is a big proponent of the recovery process. Your entire life will change. From bidding adieu to your addiction to saying sayonara to your enabling friends to changing your outlook on life – you’re about to experience the biggest overhaul of your life. There is no way to really prepare for the change that is coming. You are more likely to relapse if you don’t accept that change is a key ingredient in the recovery process. The sooner you accept it the closer you will be to long-term recovery.

Everyone’s Addiction Recovery Path is Different

40-60% of people in recovery relapse within the first year. That’s a statistic you can’t ignore. However, keeping a perpetual eye on your potential relapse can land you right where you don’t want to be. It’s natural to be afraid of things not working out but the more you meditate on it, the more likely it is to happen.

Relapse Doesn’t Make You a Failure

Another thing; relapse does not equate to failure. Many addicts who relapse see it as a sign to give up and they conclude that maybe the sober life just isn’t meant for them. This couldn’t be any less the case. When you relapse, try to look at it as another step toward your life of sobriety. Call your sponsor or your counselor. Try reflecting on what happened. Ask yourself how you can do it differently if you are faced with the decision in the future.

Life in Recovery is a Process

In the beginning, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the planning of your recovery. First of all, you’ve got your treatment plan and all your goals are in place. Though you are scared, you’re more excited than anything. But then you make a rookie mistake. You start looking at what other people are doing and you compare your recovery path to theirs. It is important to understand that recovery is a daily process and everyone has their own path that may differ greatly from the next persons. Take it one day at a time, put one foot in front of the other, and focus on your recovery.

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