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Stay Clean In Early Recovery: 8 Things You Have To Do

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If you chose to get clean then I’m sure there’s a reason for it. There are things you are going to have to do if you want to stay clean in early recovery.

Because if you can’t do these particular things, then you have a slim chance of making it into long-term recovery. Or creating the kick-ass sober life that you want.

I mean that’s the main reason you got sober, right? Because your life was shit and you knew it all came down to the drugs. Every problem you had stemmed from your drug use.

Nothing Easy About It

Getting back into the everyday world after overcoming addiction is not the easiest thing to do. In fact, it’s going to be hard, extremely hard.

Getting sober is hard. Staying sober is even harder. Trying to fix what you screwed up for so long is damn near impossible.

Which is exactly why you are going to heal yourself then build a new life. You don’t want to go back to the old you or pick up all the pieces and try to shove them back together.

Think about it. The old you and the way you were doing things wasn’t working. That’s why you began getting high and continued to get high. That shit does not need to be any part of the life you will be buidlling.

But first things first, you need to get some clean time under your belt. You need to work on yourself. It will not be easy but it will definitely be worth it.


To get you started, here are 8 things you NEED to do to stay clean in recovery. Plus you can pin the image below to refer back to or share with others.

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8 Things You Need to do to Stay Clean In Recovery

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A Step At A Time

You shouldn’t try to do too much at once. You may feel invigorated and raring to go, but taking on too much can push you right back to where you were.  

Creating your kick-ass sober life will come but for now, staying sober needs to be your main focus. The pace of your life will have changed and you need time to make an adjustment to the way your new life will be.

You aren’t running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to cop. Your entire routine has changed. It will take some time to get used to. Get over the instant gratification, it’s not what life is about.

Take Care Of Your Health

The healthier you feel, the more likely you are to stay off the drink or drugs. You should take care of your health and watch out for any signs that you may need some medical attention.

It could be that you notice your ears feel clogged, for instance, and then you should seek some hearing loss treatment. An audiologist is just one of the professionals that can help you with health problems. Or you may be seeing stars when you blink your eyes. Crazy, right? Both of these things can be permament damage caused by drug addiction if you don’t get treated asap.

If your teeth are giving you pain visit the dentist or if your vision is not too clear, see the optician. T

he last thing you need while trying to recover from an addiction is a health problem that will stress you out. Even if it seems like something minor, you should see the expert help you need to get it sorted.

Generally living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go. A good diet and plenty of exercise are great for your mental health as well as your physical well being. Remember, taking care of yourself is key right now.

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Repairing Relationships

There is a good chance that while you were an addict you did or didn’t do things you should have.

I guarantee your burnt a hell of alot of bridges with people you truly care about. It may take a little time for relationships to mend. Now, you have time on your side so, give it time.

They Need Proof

You need to talk with them about the situation, for their sake as much as yours. If you have been an addict for several years that is how they will be used to seeing you.

Chatting with them about the relationship in the future will help them to help you. Then you will both know what is expected of you.

Chances are you screwed your loved ones over more times than you can remember. It is going to take a lot of work and time to regain any form of trust. If you are anything like me, I’m sure this isn’t the first time you tried to get clean.

You have to remember that in the time you were addicted, as well as the world becoming a different place, your friends and families lives may have changed too. Putting a few parameters in place for you both can be a great way to move forward and to start the repairing of the relationships you damaged.

Find Friends That Support You Being Sober

You should not return to your old haunts where you used to get drunk or buy drugs if you are trying to embrace sober living.

Try to make some new friends will not remind you of those bad times or even the times you look back on and think were good. Because trust me, once you have some clean time under your belt, you won’t be able to pick out a “good time” you had in addiction.

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As well as sober activities

The same applies to activities. If dancing is likely to trigger the need for a drink, just as an example, then steer clear of it. Find some new activity that will not have reminders of your addiction.

Start a new hobby or become a volunteer helping people less fortunate than yourself. That can be a brilliant way to assist with your rehabilitation into the world,

It will always remind you that there are people in a worse position than you and that have overcome it to have an amazinf life.

Get Enough Rest

Getting enough rest is a vital part of any recovery, whether that is from an addiction or an illness. A lack of sleep, for instance, will make you sluggish and tired and is not good for your mental health at all.

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Relax for a while each day. It does not matter if that is with a book, watching your favorite TV series or playing a game on your phone. As long as you find it relaxing, that is all that matters.

Therapy Is A Must

If you don’t know me yet then I have to tell you that I am a firm believer that every one recovers in their own way.


I don’t follow a 12 step program or go to meetings but I believe therapy is essential to your recovery. You need an outlet. You need someone to talk to and if you aren’t ready to spill your guts to another human being then start journaling. Writing is the greatest form of self-therapy. If you want the perfect addiction recovery journal FOR FREE then, I got you covered.

Sign up to Unjunkiefied’s newsletter and get access to the Free resource library which includes the ‘Get Your Shine On’ Addiction Recovery Journal with extra journal prompts, extra pages, and additional journaling sets.

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Stay Busy

In early recovery, you are going to have a million thoughts going through your mind. Truth bomb, your mind is not healthy. It’s going to play tricks on you. You are going to tell yourself that staying clean is not the way to go.


The best thing you can do is find healthy distractions. A way to keep your mind out of the gutter until the fog clears which might take a while but that’s ok.

This is all about you right now. You can’t be there for anyone else (kids, parents, family, significant other, friends) if you can’t even take care of your damn self. Keep your self busy so you don’t have time to think about the past.

Don’t let boredom get to you. it’s one of the most common triggers for people new to sobriety.

Safe Place

You have to put yourself in a good situation. You can’t be living with someone who is still getting high. Or go around places where that stuff happens.

I mean, you can’t expect to stay sober hanging out at the crack house? #amiright?

If you don’t have a safe place to call home then a program, sober living home, or halfway house may be your best bet. At least until you are ready to get back out into the real world.

Stay Clean In Early Recovery

I know you got sober so that you can fix your life, improve it, and change it for the better. Yet, this is not a race. It will not happen overnight and you should not expect it too.

Remember this is your life. Give yourself time to adjust to the new world you have entered and you will get to where you want to be.

For right now, your only goal should be to stay clean in early recovery so that you can have the sober life you want. Good things will happen if you keep pushing forward. I promise.

Before you go, will you do me a HUGE favor? Share this post so that others can get the help they need and face their fears to take that first step to recover from addiction.

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I am NOT a licensed therapist. For immediate help call the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Adminstration’s 1-800-662-HELP. It's a free 24/7 service for ppl facing mental +/or substance use disorders.Or you can use the online treatment locator HERE.

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