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What Are Recovery "Tools?"

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

Anyone personally affected by addiction can use tools to recover from those effects. This includes addicts, alcoholics, substance abusers, family members, friends, co-workers, teachers, etc.


Using recovery tools reduces conflict, eliminates drama, makes problem solving possible, and allows life to become more meaningful and enjoyable even when there is no present solution to problems. Here are some tools for recovery:


1. Using direct, authentic, respectful communication of thoughts, feelings, values, and needs,

2. Listening empathically to others' thoughts, feelings, values, and needs

3. Being abstinent and in recovery, if addicted.

4. Keeping a clean and sober space.

5. Being rigorously honest (not brutally honest) with yourself and others.

6. Being kind (not enabling).

7. Being of service (not enabling).

8. Being accountable (having some trusted friends who speak into your life).

9. Being non-judgmental.

10. Being responsible (do what you say you're going to do).

11. Letting go of what you cannot control.

12. Letting go of resentments.

13. Asking, "Would you like to hear a suggestion?" before offering advice.

14. Remembering that nothing changes if nothing changes.

15. Remembering the one thing you can always change - your attitude.

16. Making the time to build relationship with a loving God.

17. Surrounding yourself with only supportive and encouraging people.

18. Cultivate positive thoughts - these will produce positive feelings and behavior.

19. Maintain an attitude of gratitude, focusing on that for which you are grateful.

20. Stay humble.

Many different tools needed in recovery

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