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Redefining Success During Treatment and Recovery

Success in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs) can mean a variety of different things to different people. When most people think about success in recovery, the first thing that comes to mind is maintaining sobriety. While sobriety is a major component in recovery, it is not the only factor. Success in recovery can also be defined by personal growth, positive changes to your daily routine, and personal accountability. 

Recovery Is a Personal Journey

It is important to remember that recovery from SUD is a personal journey. Each individual has their own life, interests, and personality. Substance abuse will also affect their lives in personal and distinctive ways. While there are common components, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for the treatment and recovery of SUDs.

There are five commonly accepted rules of recovery. Figuring out a plan for your personal success in recovery with each of these rules will be unique to you.

  1. Change your life: You know how addiction has affected your life and what changes need to be made.
  2. Be completely honest: Making a commitment to be completely honest and holding yourself accountable to that commitment is up to you.
  3. Ask for help: You will be the one maintaining connections with people in your life that will enable you to ask for help when you need it.
  4. Practice self-care: Self-care can be many different things. You get to decide for yourself how to keep yourself healthy and happy.
  5. Don’t bend the rules: For sustainable recovery, you will need to stay strong despite temptations and challenges. Personal willpower and accountability play a significant role in almost every part of recovery. 

Discovering your path to confidence and success in recovery is a process you should be excited to define for yourself. Finding daily routines that help you feel fulfilled and happy can be a great way to start.

Success in Daily Routines

Thinking about making significant lifestyle changes while in treatment and recovery can feel overwhelming. It is important to remember to take things one step at a time. Daily routines can help you build confidence and establish predictability in your life. Start with small, simple goals that you can incorporate into your daily routine. 

Your daily routine should be reasonable and easy to accomplish every day. If your expectations are too high, it will add unnecessary stress to your life and impact your recovery process. Your daily routine can be built around personal hygiene, tidiness, and overall wellness. For example, your morning routine might include getting up at the same time every day, making your bed, eating a healthy breakfast, and showering to get ready for your day. 

While these small tasks may not feel like they would have a significant impact on your life, they can be beneficial in several ways. By holding yourself accountable to accomplish small goals every day, you will build your confidence and self-esteem, helping you feel empowered. You will feel more organized and in control when you begin your day. These routines help you make taking care of your physical needs a priority, which will add to your overall wellness.

Being Mindful and Grateful in Recovery

While in recovery, it can be beneficial to practice mindfulness. Being aware of your goals and recognizing the progress you are making can make a huge difference in how you feel every day. Recognize each small goal that you accomplish and allow yourself to feel good about your accomplishments. Positive changes, even small ones, are still helping you progress toward achieving your goals for sobriety.

Adding specific time to your daily routines to focus on being grateful can also be a powerful tool in recovery. Thinking about the positive influences in your life can help you develop gratitude for the people you care about and the experiences you are able to be a part of. Be mindful of the good things that you have in your life. Focus on gratitude for your abilities. Try to keep a positive outlook on your progress.

Malibu Wellness Ranch Philosophy

At Malibu Wellness Ranch, we understand that SUDs can affect every aspect of your life. Our approach to treatment includes helping our clients gain confidence and developing the skills they need for success. We expect our clients to change their lives one step at a time until they are on the trail to success. 

Malibu Wellness Ranch believes in approaching treatment with the whole person in mind. Understanding our clients as unique individuals with personal interests, talents, and goals for their lives enables us to provide the best support possible during treatment and recovery. While staying with us, we expect our clients to develop and practice positive life skills that they can utilize to function productively in sobriety.


Creating a structured environment for yourself in sobriety can anchor your recovery experience in success. By sticking to a daily routine that includes self-care and personal responsibility, you can increase your confidence and experience predictability. When you accomplish certain goals every day you can celebrate your progress and find gratitude in your life. At Malibu Wellness Ranch, we understand the importance of structure and routine to treatment and recovery. We help each of our clients develop skills that they can utilize for the rest of their lives. Our goal is to empower each individual through a variety of clinical and practical experiences. Call Malibu Wellness Ranch today at (800) 862-5428 for more information on the services we provide.