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December 31, 2021

Sobriety Strategies: 13 Tips for Staying Sober

Some of the immediate changes you will need to make will be obvious—like not hanging around the people that you used with or obtained drugs from. After all, you can’t hang around your drug dealer or old drinking buddies and expect to remain sober for very long. For some, it’s best to completely avoid tempting situations, as people in early recovery are often more vulnerable than people who have been sober for several years. As a newcomer, you may not have replaced your old habits yet, making it that much more difficult to resist temptation.

Well, these benefits of sobriety also mean you have time to be more productive. Initially, the challenge to stop drinking or using drugs may seem impossible. But many people have found ways to not only get sober but enjoy life without a drink or drug. Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases that affect the whole family, whether everyone is drinking and using or not.

I learned what is important in life and what isn’t.

At its core, substance abuse is often a result of self-hatred. Maybe you used to abuse drugs and alcohol because you didn’t like yourself and you were trying to be someone else. Or maybe you hated yourself because you couldn’t stop abusing substances. Either way, as you continue living a sober life, you may learn how to love yourself (flaws and all), respect yourself, and feel confident and good about the new decisions you’re making.

Many recovering addicts find that a respite from the pressures of work, family, relationships, and bills helps them start on the road to recovery with a firm foundation. By focusing on yourself and your health first, you start learning healthy habits. Exercise can not only improve physical health, but also your mental well-being. For those in recovery from substance abuse, incorporating exercise into a daily routine can help prevent relapse and cope with cravings. Ideally, you will work with a treatment provider even before your time in rehab ends to discuss what you will need to be successful once you leave the facility or program.

A Different Version: Living a Sober Life

But being alone too often can lead to isolation and potentially, relapse. Surround yourself with supportive people who may have experience overcoming addiction. You need a support system outside of the treatment facility and many people don’t have that. But there is a way past the initial shock and awe of sobriety.

What is the hardest part of staying sober?

  • Change Can be Uncomfortable. Change can be scary, no matter the circumstances.
  • Facing Peer Pressure and Triggers. This challenge in your sober journey goes hand in hand with the fear of change.
  • Dealing with Stress and Emotions.
  • The Misconception that Sober = Boring.
Category: Sober living

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