Believe it or not, most drugs addicts do not want to be addicts. If you are one of them, here are a few extremely simple tips to stay sober. Even if you think it’s damn near impossible.
But please remember, implementing these tips into your everyday life is going to much much easier said than done.
New To Sobriety
If you’ve stopped drinking or have given up another addictive behavior, you’ll want to do everything you can to stay clean and sober. I am going to tell you right now, it takes a lot of work to have the sober life you want.
A relapse might seem like the last thing that could happen But in fact, relapses are extremely common for those new to recovery.
A relapse can sneak up on you. Especially if you don’t know how to recognize the signs. So do your homework, pay attention to what’s going on, and be self-aware. You must know your triggers and what you can do to stop them.
These are simple tips to stay sober. Most seem like plain common sense but you would be surprised. Most people new to recovery refuse to give up the lifestyle they were once living.
Not using is only the tip of the iceberg. Everything else has to change too. As I’m sure you already know or you are about to find out.
Avoid Old Routines And Habits
If you’re going to develop a lifestyle free from addictions, one of the first changes you need to make is to stop spending time around the people you engaged in the behavior with. You can’t hang out with people you went drinking with or took drugs with. At least, not if you want to stay clean and sober.
A lot of people find it is helpful to make new friends who are also sober. If you’re finding it hard to make new friends with the same goals, you could try joining a support group. You could find a support group that is attached to a rehab center or a local church.
If you need to go to detox but can’t find one you like. Search for something like “pet friendly rehabs near me” to find somewhere that you may actually want to go.
Develop A Structured Schedule
If your lifestyle is disorganized and chaotic, this could also have an impact on your recovery. If you can, try to develop a structured daily and weekly schedule and stick to this new routine.
As part of this, you could also try to develop some new goals to give you something to work for and to help you maintain sobriety. Aim to go back to school, for example, or learn a new skill.
Build Healthy Relationships
For many who have struggled with addiction, you may find that old friendships and relationships have lapsed, and you don’t have many friends other than ones you drank or took drugs with.
Now that you’re clean and sober, you might now be able to see that your current relationships aren’t healthy for you. Without knowing it, even your family and friends may have been enabling your old behaviour.
If you maintain relationships like this, then you will find it harder to maintain your sobriety. It’s important to develop healthy, supportive relationships instead.
Be Physically Active
If you previously drank a lot or were a drug user for a long time, then it’s likely that your health was badly affected.
To aid your recovery, you should work to improve your nutrition and get more exercise, in order to undo some of the damage done to your health. If you’re in better health, you will feel better.
Plus, you will experience reduced withdrawal symptoms if you are in better health. Or even get over the withdrawal symptoms much quicker.
Exercise is also a great tool to reduce stress, which can be a big trigger for a relapse. Exercise can also ease boredom, which is another factor that might trigger a relapse.
Becoming physically active can help to bring back a sense of balance of your life, and make you feel stronger mentally and emotionally.
If you’ve been to rehab already, think about it. You detox and they got you up climbing a mountain within 3 days. The more you move around and stay active. There is a reason for this.
More downtime means more time to think. More time to be alone with your chemically imbalanced mind. Being inside your own head is a horrible place to be. Especially, when you are brand spanking new to sobriety.
Get On With Your Sober Life
So there you have it, short and sweet. The simple tips to stay sober when you truly don’t think you can.
Now if you are ready to take the next step and build the sober life you want, I am here to help.
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