Why You Should Have a Schedule in Recovery 

  • Home
  • Blog
  • Why You Should Have a Schedule in Recovery

Many people associate the word schedule (or routine) with an activity that is boring or redundant . However, the word takes on entirely different implications in addiction recovery circles. The reality is that creating and sticking to a schedule can help someone in recovery in many aspects of their sobriety. What are those aspects and how do they help?

Here are four areas where having (and keeping) a schedule have an impact:

Schedules Reduce Anxiety

When we start each day and don’t have a plan for the day, no matter how good our objectives, we typically stray simply because we are without immediate purpose (i.e., schedule). Sleeping in and getting a late start usually leaves people daydreaming in front of their televisions or surfing social media. For example, you may be unemployed and looking for a job and going to a 12-step meeting might be your key daily priorities. However, if you don’t breakdown these goals into time increments you will feel lost. Instead, if you get up close to the same time as you would be working and dedicate most of the business day to your search, you will likely be employed soon. Also, setting up new goals will fill your day before you know it. Exercise is a popular schedule addition to those in early recovery. It is highly productive and a great health benefit. This is the time when your body and mind are still in the healing stages from your addiction. Those in early recovery need the predictability of knowing exactly what you’re going to do each day to help ease their transition into long-term recovery. Being able to look at your daily schedules helps decrease some of the anxiety while promoting goal setting and achievement.

schedule in early recovery

Routines Demonstrate Stability

One of the best most important ingredients to have in early recovery is stability. In short, stability demonstrates to others that you are reliable and dependable. This creates trust with employers, friends, and family alike. When others regard you as stable, it means they feel they can count on you to do what you say, to handle your obligations without being reminded or second-guessed. Stability isn’t something that someone else can give you. While you may be offered a job or be welcomed back to your existing job after addiction treatment, it’s up to you to make good on doing the work that job entails.

In other words, you have the chance to succeed – but you also have the choice to fall short. In supporting stability, success comes from the schedule of being on time for work (or school) each day, performing certain tasks efficiently, and being a capable employee (student). A regular schedule also means having structure for your home life, such as shopping for groceries and cooking healthy meals. It includes paying your bills on-time with a scheduled time frame for completing task. The same goes for doing laundry, cleaning, and other chores. The people who schedule all the things they need to do promote stability to their employers, families and more. chores.

Routines Train You for More Responsibility

No one wants to stay in the same place forever. Instinctively, we all want to make progress and see the fruit of our labor. By adhering to your routine, doing the best you can each day you want to see what lies ahead. Okay, your number one goal is to stay sober, but life is greater than just not using drugs or alcohol. Successful long-term recovery means that you have created an entire new life in recovery, one that includes setting goals and following your ambitions.

When you stick to your routine, you are training yourself for greater responsibility. You will feel competent enough to ask your boss for increased responsibility. If things are coming easier to you at work because you’ve learned how to manage your time, you’ll be well prepared for the next level. For example, if you show up for work on-time for an entire year and your boss is looking for a new manager to open the business, then you are a good  candidate! You will have the self-confidence of your months of routine at work, and the results of your steadily improving productivity. This is bound to impress your employer and others who may be in a position to help you move ahead. Your daily routine of dependable task completing demonstrates your commitment to those around you every day.

Schedules Increase Personal Self-Esteem

I have been asked over time about the relationship between making your bed in the morning and recovery. Simply stated, making your bed is an achievement and likely one of you’re the first you complete each day. It is also likely that if you make your bed each morning that other areas of your home will be tidy and neat. It will be a stark comparison to a home without structure in active addiction. At the same time, lack of self-esteem is not easily overcome in the early days of recovery. It impacts some more than others, but every person in recovery suffers from some level of low self-esteem. This generally happens when you have lost everything to your addiction. However, a routine is a ladder that you can climb every day. In fact, performing your daily routine is something that you alone can do to help prove to yourself that you matter and are worthy.

Simple Path Recovery is a beach side, boutique addiction treatment center located in Pompano Beach, FL. Recognized as a Top Florida Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Simple Path is committed to individualized care, 12-step integration, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Their addiction helpline is available 24/7 at 855-467-3625.

About the Author
Matthew Koenig is the principal of Last Call Marketing, which devotes their efforts to Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Website Design and SEO, primarily in healthcare and tourism concerns. Mr. Koenig is based out of South Florida. His sober date is June 10, 2013.


"Nice staff, beautiful property and facility along A1A."


Jeremiah C.

"I have sent numerous patients to Simple Path with great success. The transition from my facility to theirs has always been a smooth one. The care and compassion at this facility is remarkable. Most of my work is with Matt O’Malley who goes over and beyond to make sure our patients feel comfortable when they arrive at the facility. It’s an honor to collaborate with this facility daily!"


Pat C.

"Amazing place if you are trying to get sober. Helps kick start your life when you get into the real world. All the staff here genuinely cares about all the clients."


Jake B.

"Simple Path is an absolutely great place to start turning your life around! From the beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure my entire process very easy and smooth. Everyone that helped me personally there from the start - Lee, Kyle, Matt are all fantastic guys who always had my back with any assistance I needed, always went the extra mile and remained that way my entire time there."


Max B.

"Simple path gave me a second chance at the life I was always meant to have... and a second, and a third. If you really want to get sober Simple Path will arm you with the knowledge to do so. 90% of all the staff at housing and clinical are in recovery with substantial time. By far the best experiences of my life were at Simple Path Recovery. Shout out to Matt, Stevie, Pete, Carrie, Adam, and Derick. I love each and every one of you guys."


Davey R.

"All the therapists are great and very supportive!"


Matthew L.

"I attended Simple Path in June of 2019. I had never tried to get sober and I never went to treatment before. I was scared and vulnerable. I immediately felt safe at Simple Path. In the IOP the therapists listened to me, like actually heard and genuinely cared about me. They not only helped me on my path to sobriety but they also helped me immensely with my trauma. God willing I'll have 16 months on the 1st. I couldn't have done it without all the love and care from Simple Path. Thank you to Cathy, Heidi, Carrie, Emily, Sammy Jo and Ian!"


Vanessa

"I am so grateful for simple path and all the staff there. They have taught me a lot about myself and how to deal with everyday life challenges. Ian with out a doubt saved my life without him in my corner I don’t know where I would be. The clinical staff is very informative about addiction and help client’s get back on there feet. I’m so very grateful they got to be part of my journey."


Jake S.

"I just want to say thank you simple path you helped to save my life. I was broken before I came here but today my life is amazing. I learned so much from talking with staff and all the coping skills I learned in the groups. The fact that the staff walked in my shoes gave my hope when I first got here. I am so grateful that I chose this place. If you want to get sober this is the place to be."


Jordan D.

Simple Path was there for Dennis when he was most broken. They provided him with support and gave him the tools he needed to shed the ill feelings he once felt about himself. Today, Dennis has a new perspective, gaining the confidence to walk out of Simple Path’s doors a changed man; living a healthier and happier life.


Dennis

"I've worked with a number of addiction treatment centers over time and I'm always impressed by the smaller programs. Simple Path rises to the top of this group that resonates with staff and patients alike."


Matthew K.

"Amazing program! Very life changing and caring-people! Simple-Path saved my life."


Chase D.

"Staff genuinely cares, clinical staff and therapists are educated and also care about clients. Techs, Jason, And Dave care and will talk with clients and provide experience and advice."


Matt K.

"Simple path recovery has truly been a godsend for me. From day one, they took me under their arm and showed me how to live a happy and successful life in recovery! They gave me all the spiritual tools I needed and a lot more! I’ve met a lot of people in recovery and I can honestly say simple path cares. I’m still friends with all the staff and they are definitely my recovery family. God bless you guys!"


Justin M.

"I sent my son here and the staff at SPR made the process so easy and comfortable for us and my son. I can't say enough good things about this place.


Delores M.

"Simple Path saved my life. There hands on approach to helping you start living a self reliant independent sober life has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I am totally grateful for the staff and the techs."


Harry C.

"Simple path by far is the place to go for help with alcohol and drugs.. I went through there intensive out patient program which you live in their house for 30 days. It changed my life for the better... They have the best theripest that work with you individually and in group,. This is where I found myself again.. I have been sober for 6 months now thanks to simple path and all their great employees that really care about you and build you up for your next chance at life... This is the place to start your new journey in life."


Allison W.

"I can’t put into words what this place have done not for just for my daughter but our whole family. The phone calls/ text didn’t stop when she finished treatment. They still go above and beyond to stay in contact with us all. I know without a doubt these guys love what they do!! I would recommend ANYONE to this treatment center. And can never thank them enough for what they did for my family."


Dana J.

"Simple path is a good place to go if you're in need of halfway with some clinical help! The staff is great both at iop and at housing. Lee, Derrick, and Ian are all great employees along with Denise and Peter at IOP."


Dan D.

"This IOP program has been a pillar in my recovery. They let me stay for as long as I needed to and worked on my core issues. "


Jessica R.

Jack’s journey began when he arrived at Simple Path to get clean and sober. He never thought he could deal with his anxiety and depression without using drugs. Group and one-on-one therapy empowered him to deal with his problems and get better. Going strong at his one-year anniversary, Jack is in a very good place.


Jack

"This place is great. I have nothing but the best to say about simple path I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I never thought recovery was possible before I came hear but I now have 8 months of sobriety. The staff was very helpful and I learned a lot from the groups."


Devin C.

Most Insurance Accepted