Many people think entering recovery after addiction is the hard part, but it’s not. Deciding to join a recovery program takes courage and strength, but the hard part is staying sober after the long journey you traveled to reach sobriety.
Use these ten tips to help you with getting sober and staying sober in 2020.
Avoid Risky Situations
Staying out of risky situations can be difficult. Avoiding these situations means avoiding destructive behavior people who still use drugs or drink, as well as staying away from a hangout spot where you know you will be tempted to partake in drugs or drinking. To avoid risky situations, you may want to consider taking a new route home or possibly relocating to get a fresh start.
Create a Support Network
Having a support group is essential for your journey through sobriety treatment, and after you’ve begun your sobriety journey. Your support group can include relatives, close friends, and other people you trust.
Your support network will help you through the rough times and congratulate you on your achievements. They will also be there to push you beyond greatness to help you achieve the goals you set.
Join a Peer Support Group
Becoming a member of a peer support group can help you open up and discuss matters that are important to you without worrying about being judged. Having a safe space to talk is essential for recovery and avoiding a relapse. A peer support group provides guidance and support through a variety of situations that may be challenging once you leave your treatment center.
Find Ways to Cope with Your Cravings
Managing your cravings is another challenging aspect of the recovery process. Although most cravings last between 15 and 30 minutes, they can feel like they last a lot longer.
There are various ways you can get a handle on your cravings, such as chewing gum, meditating, doing yoga, and other ways you can think of that may be effective based on your individual needs.
Join a Detox Program
Joining a detox program, such as Clean Recovery Center’s detox and residential services, gives you access to a safe recovery environment and allows you to focus on making a successful recovery without distractions. While you’re enrolled in a detox program, you can explore underlying issues and get guidance and support throughout your entire journey to recovery.
Engage in Healthy Activities
It’s good to change your frame of mind by engaging in a variety of activities, such as exercising, music, and other activities you may enjoy. Create a daily, weekly, or monthly routine that allows you to get fresh air and sunlight.
When you’re active, your brain releases endorphins that lift your mood and spirit. While you’re embarking on these new adventures, you can meet new people and make friends, too, that encourage your healthy lifestyle.
Learn How to Manage Stress Better
Managing stress can be difficult, and it’s important to find multiple ways to manage it when recovering from addiction, whether you’re dealing with minor or major stress. There will be many times during your recovery where you will have to deal with stress, so it’s best to find ways to deal with it.
During this time, support groups are great for releasing feelings and letting go of a lot of stress you may be carrying around. Ways to manage your stress outside of support groups can include:
- Going on a nature walk
- Getting a massage
- Taking a warm bath
- Listening to music
Make Changes and Set Realistic Goals
Making changes and setting realistic goals is important for changing the direction of your life after recovery. Make a list of the things you want to change in your life and write down how you can achieve these changes. Setting realistic goals is the key to making these changes.
Set small goals and work your way up to bigger, more challenging goals when you’re ready. One of the goals you should set is to stay sober long-term. You will endure many changes as you work on achieving this goal, but writing it out or planning this goal helps you overcome any obstacles that may present themselves.
Having a hectic lifestyle makes it difficult for you to maintain a successful recovery. Structured schedules are great for keeping you on track while not leaving too much free time for your mind to wander and backtrack to the things you did in the past.
If you’ve pushed people away due to your addiction, it’s never been a better time to reach out to those people and build a healthy relationship. You’re not the person from your past, and your past is not a life sentence.
Allow people to get to know the new you and the things you’re achieving. You may be surprised at how proud of you people are as you make changes in your life.
Find Better Employment
Once you get accustomed to your new life, take things a step further, and get a better job. Having a good job helps you keep a somewhat strict schedule, allows you to meet new people, while also becoming financially stable. Getting a job can also boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Adopt a Support Animal
Have a support network of friends and family is critical, but sometimes the best form of support comes with four legs and a tail. Bonding with a pet is a proven way to boost your mood, self-esteem, and overall wellbeing, and it’s especially helpful for anyone who’s battling addiction.
Dogs and cats are the most popular types of support animals, but the list doesn’t end there. Keep it small with a hamster, turtle, or bunny rabbit, or take a turn towards the exotic with a snake, lizard, or bird. If you’ve got the space and capital, you can even start your own hobby farm with chickens, goats, and more!
Above All, Just Do Your Best
Staying sober is a challenge that is difficult for those who have had addictions in the past. There will be bumps in the road on your journey to permanent sobriety, but with these tips, you can easily take small steps to manage those obstacles and reach your goal easier and faster.