Alcohol and drug addiction is real. However, there are many of us who have conquered our diseases and are living in long-term recovery. While each person has a different story, each one of us is trying to get to the same goal – sobriety. Even though alcohol is popular in today’s world, and drugs can be found easily, if you’re looking to get sober and stay sober, there are many ways to do it without having to quarantine yourself in a room for the rest of your life. By following a suggestions and doing what other people have done, sobriety can be achieved. A life full of joy and freedom from the chains of alcoholism and drug addiction is attainable.
Here are ten tips to get sober (and stay that way):
If a lifetime of sobriety sounds overwhelming, start with a smaller goal. Decide that for today, you will not drink or use, no matter what. If 24 hours seems like a lifetime, then start with one hour, one minute, or one second.
Spirituality has no rules or limitations. For many, it’s important that they find a power greater than themselves to attain sobriety, because we can’t stay sober alone. Whether it be a Buddhist practice, a Jewish faith, or going out and seeking support in nature, for many, spirituality is a golden key to staying sober.
Don’t Live In Fear of Relapse
The fear of relapse can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if we let it. It’s important to keep a “healthy fear” of going back to our old behaviors, but if we live in that mentality 24/7, it can keep us from living in the moment and fully experiencing what sobriety has to offer. Remember to stay in the now and embrace what life gives us – today.
If we’re not growing, we’re staying stagnant, right? It’s important to always have a goal or challenge in the back of your mind – whether that be staying sober for a month, or opening your own company; just something that pushes you to be better and reach new heights.
Walk Away From Stressful Situations
You are an individual, and control your own success in recovery – it’s important to not pay attention to discouraging statistics or people, and to be able to walk away from stressful situations. Learn how to let go of what you don’t need and embrace what will serve you in the long run. Additionally, be able to walk away from stressful self-inflicting thoughts. Speak to yourself with loving, supportive, and encouraging words. If this is hard, be kind to that struggle.
Whether volunteering your time or your skills, helping others just feels good, and can help us get out of own heads and stress. Especially for those in 12-step programs, service is especially important to give back what others have taught them.
Create Gratitude Lists
Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you’re having a bad day, look at your list and remember how far you’ve come. Stay grateful.
12-step programs take part 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in most parts of the world, and many have found long-term recovery in these meetings. From Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) to Gamblers Anonymous (GA) to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), it can be important to take part in these meetings to find like-minded people struggling with the same issues. Many people find that 12-step programs give them stability and helps keep them sober, especially when life gets particularly stressful. Meetings keep them connected to their recovery, so that they stay grateful for their sober lifestyles and on the right path.
Of course, treatment is one of the most common ways that people begin their recovery journey. For many, rehab is necessary to separate themselves from drugs or alcohol for the initial beginning phase of their sobriety. Every facility is different and many offer multiple treatment modalities so those struggling can find out what approach pertains to them. However, while treatment is temporary, it can take longer than thirty days to develop and nurture a solid foundation, and it’s something that will need to be worked on everyday.
No matter what the case is, it’s important to take suggestions and learn from others, but recovery isn’t a one size fits all process. Something that may works for someone else may not work for you, but it’s crucial to find the one that best fits you.