Getting sober is probably one of the most difficult life changes a person can make. However, once a person is sober, there are some simple steps a person can take to make sobriety an easier mountain to climb. Certainly, achieving long-term sobriety is still a mountain but there are tools and resources that you can put into place in your life that will make the mountain feel more like climbing a small hill.
Tools For Recovery
Stay closely connected to others in recovery. Of course, you will meet others throughout your recovery experience. You can stay in touch with other recovering addicts by making at least three phone calls a week to people in recovery. It is important to stay in the company of those who share the same life goals, who want to stay sober and who have a positive vision for their lives.
Having friendships and peers around you is a reminder that you’re not getting sober alone and that you have support.
Attend a support group at least three times per week. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) community may or may not be a tool for you. However, it has played a significant role in achieving sobriety for many. AA can serve as an addiction support group, where recovering addicts share their stories, their concerns, and their fears.
An AA community is another way of accessing support and feedback during drug rehab experience. Because AA meetings are so common, they can likely be found in the community you’re in. If AA meetings don’t work for you, find another addiction support group to attend.
Find a sponsor or mentor to support your process. The AA community uses the term sponsor, which is a guide to walk you through the 12-steps. He or she can also provide significant support, particularly assistance that is individualized and can meet your unique needs.
Having a sponsor or mentor is having a resource that you can rely on as often as necessary. Even if you’re living at a residential drug treatment center it’s incredibly supportive to know that you’ll always have someone to call when needed.
Eat three meals per day. Drinking alcohol and using drugs can have damaging effects on the body. Eating well can keep your body properly nourished, and that alone can facilitate making better decisions. In that way, healthy eating can also facilitate sober living. At the very minimum, try to eat three meals per day while you’re in drug rehab.
Exercise at least three times per week. Physical activity can release endorphins, which alone help to boost positive feelings. However, exercise can also help with long-term mental health, including making new connections in the brain, which alone can facilitate enduring sober living and long-term change.
Sleep well. A recovering addict who goes to bed and wakes up at the same time every day will often feel the difference in his or her mental health. Stress usually inhibits a regular sleep schedule; however, having a regular sleep schedule can help build resilience to that stress.
These are some basic guidelines to help support anyone trying to stay sober. Like climbing to the peak of a tall mountain, the task is a difficult one. But with the right support and tools, you can easily make it to the top!
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