How to Find Support in The Recovery Zone (part 2) - BlueSky Behavioral Health

March 4, 2022by BlueSky

How to Find Support in The Recovery Zone (part 2) 

If you have not yet read the first three exercises in the article “How to Find Support in The Recovery Zone (part 1)” we advise you to do so prior to reading this article. 

To read Part 1 click here: https://blueskyrecovery.com/2022/03/04/how-to-find-support-in-the-recovery-zone-part-1/

Recovery Exercise 9.4: Portrait of a Cheerleader

The objective of the first recovery exercise, “Portrait of a Cheerleader” is to visualize the ideal cheerleader and explore the reasons that make such an individual ideal for the role. 

Perhaps the most common and traditional images of a Cheerleader are that of some young, athletic female holding colorful pom-poms, or a young, athletic male holding a megaphone. However, when we think of personal cheerleaders designed to help with recovery, entirely different images and attributes come to mind. 

One way in which you can expand your awareness is to describe a person who would be ideally suited to be a Cheerleader for you. Is this person a male or female? Young or old? Physically attractive or not? What personality and intellectual qualities would this person have? Instead of a megaphone, imagine that your Cheerleader is holding something significant in his or her hands; what is it? Why is it important? 

After you have described your ideal Cheerleader in as much detail as you can, think about how your description differs from your description of your ideal Mentor in exercise 9.2. What attributes do both of these people share? What qualities are different? 

Recovery Exercise 9.5: A Wonderful Day in The Neighborhood

The objective of this exercise is to consider how your interpersonal environment can be restructured. 

In this article, as behavioral health experts, we strongly recommend that you reevaluate the people you used to hang out with and consider hanging out with “positive people to reinforce your positive affirmations.” Stated succinctly, it is time, to the best of your ability, to make every passing day, a “wonderful day in the [interpersonal] neighborhood.” 

To help further expand your awareness reflect on the type of people you hang out with. Who do you think has a positive influence on you? Place your attention on just one person who you think has a negative influence on your life, why do you think you continue to spend time with this person? How will you manage your relationships differently in the future? 

Recovery Exercise 9.6: Lean on Me

The objective of this recovery exercise is to honestly monitor thoughts and feelings related to your Mentor or Cheerleader. 

A month or so after you enlist the support of a Mentor or Cheerleader, it might be a good idea to gauge how each of the people in the relationship (that is, you and your Mentor or Cheerleader) feel about the relationship. 

At BlueSky Behavioral Health we advise you to repeat exercise 9.1 from the article, “ How to Find Support in The Recovery Zone (part 1)” this time with your Mentor or Cheerleader. After you have completed the exercise, discuss what is going well in the relationship, as well as the ways, if any, that the relationship can be improved. 

Recovery Exercise 9.7: My 10 Commandments

The objective of this final recovery exercise is to identify your core life values

An important aspect of your support system is your values. Psychotraumatic experiences tend to distort one’s value system. It is important to consciously review your own values as you move through the Recovery Zone. 

To read Part 1 click here: https://blueskyrecovery.com/2022/03/04/how-to-find-support-in-the-recovery-zone-part-1/

Expand your awareness and contemplate what you believe in and hold true to. What would you give up your life to protect? How do you want others to remember you? Write out the “ten commandments” that you try to live your life by.  Don’t be afraid to revise your commandments until you think you have gotten them just right. Now is the time to take advantage of our team at BlueSky’s extensive knowledge and support in behavioral mental health. 

 

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