Seven Steps to get your Recovery Back on Track

May 23rd, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction

Life Coaching by phone. Psychotherapy/Life Coaching areas served: Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Calabasas, Malibu, Camarillo.

Welcome back to my Counselor Magazine Blog Readers. I haven’t had a moment to write in it for the last few weeks and felt inspired this morning to blog. I was trying to come up with some tips around finding balance in your life when you feel you have none. I am even looking at myself and wondering how did I get off track from having more balance in my life. I know when I start telling my husband, “I am bored,” it is time for me to look in the mirror and see what my part is. I could come up with lots of excuses such as I am working on the editing of my book that is coming out in September, “The Law of Sobriety,” or I have been busy seeing clients, or I had a leak in my bathroom, or I have been taking a class on social media to understand how to get my messages to the masses, or I am working on my publicity campaign and on and on. When I look at this list I can see how out of balance my life really is. There is nothing in there about being social, physical, spiritual, enhancing my sense of well-being and vitality, or participating in my recovery program. I know that when I am off balance and recovery is taking a back seat, I am losing my emotional sobriety which you know can always lead to a relapse even when we have years of sobriety. So here I am reminding you and especially myself, seven tips to getting back on track with your recovery, which will ultimately bring balance back into your daily life.

1. Reach out to your friends in and out of the program to remind you how important balance and recovery is to your life. Be accountable to your friends letting them know your intentions for the week to get back into action.
2. Pick up a meditation book or write in your journal about how you feel when off track and the advantages of getting back on to your path of recovery.
3. Have someone guide you towards your physical, mental, spiritual health if you are having trouble beginning the process.
4. Call out your weak spots and identify where your danger zones lie.
5. Get busy just doing some passive relaxing such as watching “Dancing with the Stars”, reading other blogs on addictions, or simply sitting in your backyard and looking at the nature that surrounds you.
6. Get out and do some exercise. Go to the gym, walk, take a yoga class, tennis, anything that gets you moving again.
7. Begin a project that you have been wanting to begin such as cleaning out your closet, scrap booking, or de-cluttering your house. Free up the energy around you to be creative.

Enjoy your day and your week with all the new activities that await you. Remember this is how you avoid burn out and gain a sense of renewal and rejuvenation in your recovery process. No time is better than now to get started, so get going!

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Life Coach and Psychotherapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She is the author of “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery” out this September 2010 and available on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She is the Life Coach/Psychotherapist on Celebrity Rehab 2 and 3 with Dr. Drew Pinsky on VH1. She is a media expert and has contributed to various newspapers, magazines, and television news programs such as Inside Edition, Jane Vellez-Mitchell Headline News, Channel 5 KTLA in Los Angeles, and Fox News in San Diego. She specializing in addictions, life coaching, trauma, depression, anxiety, runs a Women’s Recovery Group, tele-seminars, workshops, and available to speak at your organization. She can be reached at or

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