After many years of addiction, it can be difficult to learn how to trust your heart. However, now that you are in recovery and living sober, there has never been a better time to listen to what your intuition is telling you. For the first time since your addiction began, you can think clearly, without the haze of alcohol or drugs clouding your mind.

It is important to learn to use your intuition for your own benefit. Your intuition is an instinctive feeling that you get about a person, place, or thing. It can be positive or negative, and if you are a rational person, chances are it will be correct 99% of the time.

How to Use Your Intuition in Recovery

As you gain sober time you’ll be able to clearly recognize other people in recovery who have good intentions vs those who are looking for an excuse to relapse. It is your job to steer clear of those people you feel might be bad influences so that you can maintain a strong sober support system around you. It is best to stick with people who have a year or more sober, they have been where you are and can help be a source of strength for you when times get tough.

When it comes to making decisions about your recovery, listen to your intention and what is in your heart. You’ll have a lot of big decisions to make which can make or break your success. For example, if you are deciding between returning home or relocating to a sober living home, listen to what your heart and head tell you will be best for your recovery. NOT what is best for your family, social life, or career, but what is best for your good health. Always remember that staying sober has to be your number one priority, and you need to shift your perspective to always look through life with that lens.

You also want to use your intuition to guide you in choosing the right doctors and therapists, or even an outpatient center to continue your care. Unfortunately, many places exist that just want to take your money. Those places and people don’t really care about your well being or sobriety. The good news is that you can usually identify these types of people easily, if you just pay attention to subtle signals and to how they make you feel.

Your Intuition Can Help Prevent a Relapse

The goal in recovery is clearly to stay sober and avoid a relapse. By using your intuition and the feeling you get in your head and heart, you can learn to identify a relapse well before it happens so that you can get the help you need. Relapse actually happens in three stages. In the first stage, you are emotionally or physically vulnerable. Being mindful about this is essential because this is the best time to get help before you progress into the further stages. Stage two you are already thinking about a relapse and planning it out. In your head, you know what will push you over the edge to actually pick and use, so use that and tell someone before it actually happens. The third stage is the actual act of ingesting the substance, but by using your intuition you should be able to stop things before they get that far.

Recovery isn’t easy. However, with treatment, sober support, the right living situation, a positive atmosphere, and ongoing work you can have success. When you learn to trust your intuition, it will help guide you to make the best possible decisions with the best possible outcomes.