4) Give back to others whenever you have the chance – One of the best ways to stay positive is to give back to your community and to other people as much as you can, whether that means volunteering to greet at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting or serving up hot lunch at a local soup kitchen. Volunteer work will help put things in perspective while making you feel better about yourself and helping you get out of your head.
5) Remember that your worst day sober is better than your best day using opioids – No matter what is going on in your life, think back to your worst day while you were using drugs. Chances are there will be absolutely no comparison.
6) Write a daily gratitude list – At Pine Tree Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to write daily gratitude lists including at least several things that they are grateful for. Gratitude does not generally come naturally to those who have endured the emotional devastation of opioid abuse – gratitude is a life skill/coping mechanism that must be learned.
7) Stay present – If you catch yourself dwelling on the negative, try to bring yourself back to the present moment. This can be achieved through a daily practice of mindfulness meditation, which a coping skill that Pine Tree Recovery Center teaches to each of its clients.