14 Jan 4 Tips on How to Stay Sober After Treatment
Addiction is a debilitating disease that affects every person in your life. Most closely it affects your loved ones, family and friends. Once you have admitted powerlessness, and that you need help, taking the next step could be somewhat daunting. It is extremely important to go through a treatment program once you are ready to get help for your substance abuse. After that step, things become much more comprehensive. The ideal scenario after completing a 30 day detox or intensive rehabilitation program for substance abuse, is to join a sober living community after treatment. Joining a sober community has many advantages and can help maintain your sobriety in tact. So what then, how do you do your best to stay sober after everything is said and done? Here are some tips that can help guide your journey in the right path:
1. Build A Support System
You can’t recover from addiction alone. You can try, but it is not recommended and your chances for success deteriorate much quicker if you try staying sober alone. You need the support of your family, friends, and recovery groups. Meet people who can help guide you and give you inspiration. Remember that even Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on the principles of the 12-steps and community. A chance to meet with a group of people who understood what everyone was going through. A valuable asset to have in recovery, is support.
- Join groups like Alcoholics Anonymous
- Connect with others in recovery
- You can also enroll into a sober living residence and build a network of friends that understand the struggle of living with addiction.
2. Don’t Lose Hope
Probably one of the most important keys to success, when trying to stay sober, is to not lose hope. Relapse may happen, but don’t consume yourself with this thought so much that you forget to live and hope for a better future. Don’t be afraid to dream and pursue your passions. We understand that overcoming addiction has not been easy, but don’t lose hope! You can do this. It is within your reach to make your sobriety last. Practice positive reinforcement and cognitive therapy to remind yourself that good things are possible.
- Believe in yourself
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Remember, you are not alone
- Use Mindfulness practice and meditate to help keep your mind healthy and optimistic
- Exercise can also help keep negative thoughts at bay and help make you feel accomplished and healthy.
3. Express Gratitude
When we concentrate on good things our minds learn to process information in a more productive, creative and positive light. Take a minute to hold the door for someone next time you leave a building, or even hold the elevator for someone, and you’ll begin to feel a sense of accomplishment when you hear gratitude from someone. Express gratitude yourself when appropriate. Overcoming an addiction is a great achievement. Don’t forget how hard you have worked to get where you are today.
- Write a daily gratitude list: It should consist of all the things you are thankful for on a given day, no matter how big or small.
- Help others: Make this a group exercise with your peers. Sit, have a conversation, and ask your friends what they are thankful for. If they cannot come up with things, help them see the pros in their current situation. Helping others in any way, in turn will help you feel an overwhelming sense of achievement.
- Stay positive: Even when you think you can’t, stay calm, close your eyes, and think of all the good things that surround you.
4. Find New Meaning in Your Life
Rehab and treatment are the essential steps of recovery. But you must take some initiative to learn the skills you will be given to help you cope and relearn how to live free from drugs and alcohol. Sober Living homes teach you the necessary skills to help you transition back into a drug-free life. Use those skills to your advantage. Try to occupy your time as much as possible. Remember that idle thinking can lead you to reminisce about the old days and could trigger cravings. So do these things instead:
- Eat healthy: At Constellations Recovery we do our best to teach you simple cooking techniques in order to sustain you once you have left our program. Learning to prepare simple, delicious, and nutritious meals will be an invaluable skill you will use all your life.
- Exercise: We cannot emphasize enough how even just 30 minutes every other day of exercise can help boost your metabolism and immune system, and most importantly, help reverse all the physical damage drugs and alcohol did to your body.
- Socialize with new people: Join groups after sober living. Whether it be at school or with co-workers, plan activities with friends. Join a sport league, or plan a bowling night with friends.
Remember sobriety should be fun! Try new activities and adventures, create new friendships, and most importantly help others and pay it forward! getting help and staying sober isn’t a chore, it’s the rest of your life. So get out there, be brave, and have fun!