Leap Ahead in Your Recovery

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Leap Ahead in Your Recovery

2016 is one of those special years, a year in which we get to commemorate a big event that only comes around once every 1,460 days. No, we’re not talking about the Presidential Election, nor even the Olympics. We’re talking about Leap Day—an extra 24 hours to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams!

For those in recovery, it’s an extra day to work on your health, your wholeness, your long-term sobriety.

Of course, recovery is a journey that lasts a lifetime, and there are no short cuts or secret remedies. With that said, there are plenty of things you can do to make that extra day count—to really push your recovery to the next level.

Some tips:

  • Talk to a friend or family member. Be open with them about your struggle—about its triggers, about its extent, about how it makes you feel. Admit your need for love, encouragement, and care.
  • Reach out to 1st Step about getting the clinical care you need. Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom. Start actively pursuing a life of recovery today!
  • Find a local support group or aftercare program. Devote yourself to meeting with these folks at least once a week—sharing your story, being candid about your struggle, getting encouragement for your recovery.
  • Find an avenue for you to channel your stress and anxiety, in a healthy Invest your Leap Day in learning yoga, practicing meditation, starting a journal, or losing yourself in a favorite art form or hobby.
  • Make a concentrated effort to surround yourself with people who encourage you—to build a positive environment in which your recovery can flourish.

There is much you can do to accelerate your recovery process—and this is as good a month as any to make that big leap forward!

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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.