Content reviewed by Anthony T. Triola, Executive Director at New Hope Ranch

Addiction recovery is a lifelong process that can at times become tiring, frustrating, overwhelming and stressful. However, seeking the right treatment and therapy can aid you in managing the challenges that come with recovery. Developing such skills learned through these practices and models can make for a much more positive and rewarding experience. You can attain such coping skills by enrolling in a treatment program such as the programs offered at New Hope Ranch.

At New Hope Ranch, you will get help to restructure your habits connected to your triggers and impulses. This will in turn help you to develop healthier habits. The goal at New Hope Ranch is to help make your addiction recovery and healing process less challenging. Therefore, when you have established a strong foundation for recovery, you can continue to develop the tools that create confidence and resilience. Explore some coping skills that you will attain when you seek treatment and therapies at a center like New Hope Ranch.

Building a strong support network is key in managing long-term sobriety. 

You are only as good as the company you keep; therefore, having a strong network of sober, supportive family, friends and peers is crucial to the healing and recovery process. Think of it this way: when you associate with others that partake in using substances, your resilience to overcome impulses and triggers to use will be an uphill battle. Instead, developing a strong network of friends, family and peers can help you stay on track. They will even be there to help you in times of need.

At New Hope Ranch, you will have the opportunity to explore your emotional range and develop the relationship skills needed to build healthy relationships. Healing activities incorporate individuals into team building and problem-solving exercises. These include outdoor activities, cooking and art therapy. Not only do these activities provide realistic outlets that you can use in the real world, but they help you develop the skills necessary to lead your life and healthily communicate your needs with others. The friendships you’ll make in treatment can last a lifetime.

Mindfulness meditation practices help keep you grounded during recovery.

Many times while in treatment or recovery, stress and anxiety can get the best of you. Such stressors can occur from dwelling on past mistakes or from envisioning negative future event scenarios. At New Hope Ranch, you’ll utilize the model of mindfulness meditation because it will help you through difficult thoughts and emotions by increasing your focus on the present moment. Mindfulness meditation enables you to observe your internal feelings and accept them without judgment or negativity. It also helps to relax your mind and reveal the thoughts and practices that positively affect your mental and physical well-being. Additional benefits include:

  • Better self-control
  • More flexible approach to life
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Reduced stress and anxiety

Mindfulness meditation is a great coping tool because you can practice it alone, in groups, or through guided methods such as yoga or therapy. Sessions can also vary; you can spend an hour focusing on your thoughts, or take five minutes to practice breathwork and focus on your thoughts. Each can have lasting positive effects, helping to reduce anxiety and restore focus on your day. When you utilize the power of mindfulness, you will realize that your perceptions of past and future do not have that much control over the present. Coming to this realization will be empowering and help you continue to move forward in your pursuit of sobriety and recovery.

Helping others helps you transform yourself.

When you overcome addiction and get on the road to recovery, you will likely hear phrases like “Recovery is the best gift that you can give.” You might not wholly understand this until you reach that point in your recovery, but basically, it means that your recovery journey begins to transform from always helping yourself to helping others. New Hope Ranch is all about helping you develop confidence and resilience within yourself to give back to others in need. Therefore, as you become stronger, you can then help others struggling with substance use disorders.

Realizing that you are capable of helping others is one of the best defenses against substance use and relapse. Helping others can also help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. One of the best ways to give back is becoming more of a leader in 12-step programs such as AA or NA. These peer support groups not only operate and motivate from within, but they also help strengthen the recovery community and raise awareness of available recovery. Therefore, if you are in search of a 12-step program in Texas, New Hope Ranch can help.

Learning how to cope with and overcome the challenges that come with seeking treatment can be difficult to cultivate and sustain. Ultimately, your goal is to be on the road to recovery. New Hope Ranch is here to help you every step of the way. At any point in your treatment or recovery, we are here. In addition to the coping tools discussed here, we provide additional and effective treatments to ensure that you have a well-rounded experience that functions to meet your individual needs. We also strive to work for you in order to create the best treatment plans and goals that will keep you focused and motivated. This way you can continue to build upon your skills in recovery. Of course, it all starts with asking for help, and with provided 24/7 admissions, there is never a wrong time to reach out. Find out more by calling New Hope Ranch today at (737) 600-8565.