You might remember that when you needed to get sober, there was an action that was required. You needed to do something like call a friend or contact a therapist or dial the number for an addiction treatment center. If you hadn’t taken that one step you might not be where you are now – sober. Back then, you needed to do something, not just think about it. You needed to take action.
And the same is true actually throughout your entire recovery. You can’t just think about staying sober. In fact, there’s a good chance that your mind not only possesses thoughts about staying sober, but there may also be thoughts about using drugs or drinking. Depending upon how early you are in your recovery, thoughts about your old way of life might continue to appear in your mind. And there’s also a chance that without taking action, you might experience relapse.
Taking Action to Stay Sober
If you want to stay sober, you can’t just think about it, you’ve got to take action. That might mean making phone calls to friends, family, or your sponsor. It might mean attending support groups, AA meetings, or sessions with your therapist. It might mean asking questions of those who have been sober for many years. Perhaps you need to call your doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Just like it did to get sober in the first place, sobriety also requires taking real steps to acquire the change you want.
However, it’s true that it could be challenging to take action because of fear, anxiety, unwillingness to face the unknown, a desire to stay in your comfort zone, and a host of other reasons. Sometimes you might notice yourself avoiding the action you know you need to take when you find yourself procrastinating, intellectualizing, or ruminating.
If you find that you are having a hard time staying sober, you might need to dig a little deeper so that you find the support you need. For instance, you may need to think about the problem you’re facing. Is it thoughts about using? Not being able to change your life? An inability to let go of old friends who may be interfering with your sobriety?
Identify Your Issue
First identify your issue. Next, you may need to educate yourself on the issue you’re facing. For instance, if you’re having a hard time staying sober, perhaps educate yourself on the typical obstacles that recovering addicts tend to have. It might be the presence of old friends in your life or the need to attend work-related events that serve alcohol. Once you’ve learned more about the problem, the next step might be to list any possible actions for addressing your problem. Lastly, you may need to commit and dedicate yourself to executing that plan.
You might already see that all of the items suggested above required an action step. Educating yourself might mean reading, asking questions, or surfing the Internet for answers. Making a list of possible solutions might require more searching for what could help resolve your issue. And committing to one or more solution also requires action and follow through.
It might sound obvious that action is required to stay sober. However, fear and anxiety can often keep a person stuck and motionless. The above suggestions might be helpful. However, if you still need assistance in staying sober, contact a mental health provider for additional support.