How well are you adulting in recovery? Have you ever been told to just “grow up?” Have you ever felt totally lost doing something your peers seem to be experts in? There’s so much out there to learn!

That’s why Lindsey Glass gathered 100 of the best tips she learned while growing up in recovery from sponsors, mentors, therapists, and other professionals and turned them into a life hack book: 100 Tips For Growing Up – My 20 Years Of Recovery. We bet there’s something here that you aren’t even sure of. Take the quiz to see how well you’re adulting in recovery.

  1. 1 How can you improve your inner dialogue

    1. Become aware of what you're saying to yourself and note when you talk to yourself negatively
    2. Ask yourself if what you're saying to yourself is nice; if it's true; and if it's necessary. Decide if you would talk like that to anyone else
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    It's important to realize when you're talking to yourself negatively. This only promotes sadness and anger - what we're all trying to experience less of. Try figuring out what triggers those negative thoughts about yourself and consider thinking about or writing down your positive attirbutes. Don't beat yourself up. 

  2. 2 Which is NOT a reason to examine your behavior

    1. It can help you better understand other people's reactions or feelings towards you
    2. It can help you realize how important you are to everyone and lead you to feel the need to solve EVERY problem
    3. It can help keep you in check and aware of how your behavior is affecting yourself and those around you
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It can help you realize how important you are to everyone and lead you to feel the need to solve EVERY problem

    It's important to realize that we're all human and we can't all fix everything. It's also good to acknowledge that we aren't perfect and can also be the source for drama. As Lindsey notes in her book, this work is best done with a therapist or a sponsor or a coach. 

  3. 3 How can you manage triggers

    1. Journal your triggers to better understand the source of them
    2. Talk to someone safe before going to an event/place that may trigger you and then talk to a safe person afterwards
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    It's a lot easier to manage feelings and important information when it's written down. So, journaling or listing triggers is a great way to stay organized and help you keep track. It's also important to understand how to keep your head straight before and after attending an event or seeing someone that may trigger you. 

    Or, maybe, you may just avoid certain places altogether. Nightclubs and bars may not be the best hangout for you anymore because of the triggers inside. Find that comfort zone with people, places, and things. 

  4. 4 True or False: Anxiety, depression, and addiction encourage you to stay isolated and avoid help

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    It's difficult to fight through the need to isolate yourself. But in recovery, it's vital to establish relationships. Build and 

  5. 5 What is an acceptable way to get help

    1. Google what you need. If you need a coach or a trainer, search for one in your area.
    2. Go to someone from your past - even if they're a negative influence, they know and understand you, right?
    3. Don't ask for help. You can figure it out on your own.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Google what you need. If you need a coach or a trainer, search for one in your area.

    You should never be afraid to ask for help. If you don't know how to do something or where to go for something, as your sponsor for help or a responsible, helpful friend who you know you can rely on. If you don't get much of an answer, turn to Google. The internet can help you find answers. 

  6. 6 How do you find a mentor

    1. Identify people who you can respect either for their recovery, their professional success, or personal life and learn from them.
    2. Find a few people who you admire for their healthy, successful lifestyle. It's okay to admire more than one person and follow their leads.
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    As Lindsey mentioned in her book 100 Tips For Growing Up, it's fine to emulate those who you admire and respect. As long as you're headed in a positive direction and learning how to improve your situation, it's great! 

  7. 7 True or False: It's important to establish a new routine

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    "Routines can help estabilish efficiency and take the decision making out of what happens next," Lindsey wrote. You can spend less time worrying about whether you made the right decision and spend more time on what has to get done. They're essential to help you grow and improve.

  8. 8 Why is it important to prioritize?

    1. If you don't, you may feel overwhelmed by everything that has to get done. That can paralyze you.
    2. Making lists and completing your tasks in order of importance can help shrink your to do list.
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    In recovery, you have to learn how to declutter your life - that can mean a lot of things. You can declutter your living space AND declutter your to do lists. 

    Isn't it easier to get things done once you've made a list and ordered each task depending on importance? Prioritizing what you have to do can help organize your day and help reduce stress.

  9. 9 Which is NOT a way of avoiding going down the rabbit hole of despair

    1. Unfollow or silence pages on social media that can trigger negative feelings.
    2. If you're ashamed of a mistake you made or feel embarrassed about something, remember that everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect.
    3. Neither
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Neither

    It's important to take care of yourself. If you're feeling down, or you notice something is triggering negative thoughts and self-doubt, close the app, stop watching/looking/reading whatever is hurting you. Remind yourself that no one is perfect. 

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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