A Quick Guide to Maintaining Sobriety In Addiction Recovery
Now that you have beaten the cycle of addiction and have regained your sobriety, it can be a challenge to fight the day to day temptations and the struggle can be very real at times. Here are some tips to help you continue your addiction recovery:
1. Live in the now.
Remember what you can and cannot control. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. All that you have control over is the here and now. Focus on doing the best that you can right now and try not to worry about tomorrow.
2. Recharge in nature.
Fresh air and sunshine have been shown to be powerful antidotes for depression and anxiety. A walk in the woods or at a park can be a great way to get exercise as well. Try out hobbies you enjoy that gets you in the fresh air and connect with nature.
3. Embrace your creative side.
Find some way you can create something new and focus your energy into. Paint, draw, sculpt, sing or dance, any kind of creativity and expression is good for your sobriety. It is a way to focus your attention on something other than the temptations.
4. Don’t test your willpower.
Do not set yourself up for failure by keeping temptations in easy reach. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house. Don’t keep bottles lying around for guests or special events. Establish your home as an alcohol-free zone at all times.
5. Embrace the coming change.
Change is good, especially when that change is making you a better person. It can be hard and painful at times to turn away from that way of life. But it is the best thing you can do to give yourself the sobriety you want and need. Let go of the past.
6. Don’t live in fear of relapsing.
Worrying about making a mistake and slipping back into temptation is a common fear among newly recovered alcoholics. Don’t focus on the what-if and worse case scenarios but rather focus on improving your life in the here and now.
7. Don’t let loneliness take over.
When you finally achieve sobriety, it can be tempting to lock yourself away so you don’t have to face your temptations. However, isolation can be dangerous. You will need the support and encouragement of friends who can help you stay sober.
8. Use the 24-hour plan.
If the thought of living a sober life is overwhelming, start with a smaller goal. Rather than saying I will never drink alcohol again for the rest of my life, instead, say that for today I will not touch alcohol no matter what. Then repeat each day thereafter.
9. True recovery takes time.
It takes a minimum of 30 days to form a strong habit and it can take even longer for sobriety. It’s something you’ll need to work on every day. Rehab and treatments will help but they are not cure-alls, so be prepared to keep working on it day by day.
10. Be good to yourself.
Addiction is a monster that beats you up and consumes your entire life. Now that you are in the process of addiction recovery and have reached sobriety, treat yourself with kindness. Celebrate how far you’ve come with something you will enjoy.
11. Adopt a pet if you don’t already have one.
Pets can be wonderful therapists and they have already been shown to help with depression and anxiety. The responsibility of a pet will help you keep a routine and structure to your life and nothing can bet the love that a pet will give to you.
12. Give back and volunteer.
You can find many ways to volunteer your time or your skills in order to help others. Helping someone else just feels good, especially when you have experienced that kind of help yourself. Try to find a cause or group you can be involved with today.
13. Walk away if necessary.
Sometimes you will need to walk away from certain things in your life in order to protect your sobriety. You may have to leave friends, avoid certain events, and walk away from situations where temptation is strong. It can be hard but necessary to do.
14. Create a gratitude list.
Keeping a record of 3-5 things you are thankful for each day can do wonders for keeping your perspective bright, especially during times of struggle and temptation. You can also keep a list of goals for what you will do once you master your sobriety.
15. Don’t stress over discouraging statistics.
We all have heard the scary statistics about alcohol abuse and use, and maybe that is part of what pushed you to get sober. It is important to remember though that you are not a number. You are a unique individual and are in control of your own story.
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