Recovery Exercises5 Foundational Recovery Exercises  - BlueSky Behavioral Health

November 23, 2020by BlueSky

Recovery Exercise 1.1: Beginnings 

Objective 

To focus on other times in your life when you started something new, and what it means now to start a self-help program. 

Background

Terms such as “fresh start,” “clean slate,” and “new beginning” may all characterize where you are in your life now. Take a moment to give some thought to the meaning of those terms for you. 

Expanded Awareness

Write a brief entry into your Recovery Journal entitled, “Beginnings.” In accordance to Samuel, you don’t even have to call it that, call it whatever you want. In this entry, talk about some of the significant beginnings in your past. Talk about what the habits discussed in these articles mean to you, include what you hope to achieve and how you hope you might change as a result. 

Recovery Exercise 1.2 My Genes and Me 

Objective 

To understand the role of genetic inheritance in who you are. 

Background 

The compilation of one’s genetic code described as a microcosmic dance

Expanded Awareness 

Imagine that the microcosmic dance that created you was placed under a high-powered microscope. What would that dance look like? Try moving around the room and interpreting how that dance would look.

Write down your impressions of your dance movements. Then answer these questions: To what extent do you think genetic inheritance affected who you are today? To what extent do you see yourself breaking free of any of the negative influences? 

Recovery Exercise 1.3: Defending Your Life 

Objective 

To understand the role of denial and other defenses in daily living.=

Background 

Feelings and memories are sometimes “forgotten,” “numbed out,” or “buried” when they are too painful. Painful feelings and memories may directly or indirectly cause various forms of negative thought and behavior such as anger, addictions, and physical self-harm. Painful feelings and memories may be replaced by fantasies. 

Expanded Awareness 

Write about the pain you have experienced in your life and how you have defended yourself from even more pain. Give specific examples of how you defended or numbed out painful situations through over-eating, drugs, alcohol, anger, self-injury, or withdrawal and isolation. Write about how you would like to be able to cope with the pain in the future. 

Recovery Exercise 1.4: Needs

Objective

To understand something about what you needed in the past and how your needs have changed over time. 

Background 

Beyond food, water, air, and other physical necessities, people have a wide variety of psychological and emotional needs. Sometimes a psychological need, such as a need to escape, has a way of transforming itself into a physical need such as a physical addiction. 

Expanded Awareness 

List some of the physical and emotional needs that are particularly important to you. Discuss your needs with regard to other people. Focus in particular on your caregivers or guardians. How did they overlook or ignore your needs as a growing child?

How are you trying to satisfy you unmet needs today? How was this changed over the last few months? How do you think it will change over the next few years?

Recovery Exercise 1.5: Changes

Objective 

To get in touch with how you have tried to change in the past. 

Background 

Change in one’s behavior is not linear. Transformation takes place in fits and starts. Two steps forward and one step back is the norm. Persistence separates those who succeed from those who resigned to failure. 

Expanded Awareness 

Write down as many positive steps as you can that you have taken to change your life.

Which steps or steps are you most proud of? How many other positive steps can list that you would like to make in the future? 

Remember to write in your Recovery Journal today.

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