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Chronic stress can quickly add up to burnout, and in recovery, this can be life-threatening. It happens when you are constantly feeling pressured to perform at a certain level, and especially in early recovery, the number of treatment services that you need to engage in to provide yourself with a sense of stability and safety in sobriety can quickly wear you out.
Many people find that their weekly schedule includes attending:
The good news is that packing your schedule with lots of rich, interactive recovery experiences can help you to progress more rapidly in the process of growing and solidifying your new life in sobriety. The not-so-great news is that immersing yourself in recovery-related activities can cause burnout.
Here’s what you need to know to identify burnout in its early stages and address it proactively so you do not respond by walking away from the whole thing and relapsing.
Are You Struggling with Burnout?
The signs of burnout in recovery can include:
Many signs of burnout are similar to signs of depression, so it is a good idea to take action and speak to a therapist about the problem if you begin to experience it. There are also a number of lifestyle changes you can make to help yourself decrease burnout and keep moving forward in recovery.
How do you avoid burnout in your recovery?