Getting sober is difficult enough, but it’s possible. Staying sober can be just as hard — in some cases, even more so. However, the right tools, steps, and resources can help. The following are just a few practical recovery tools that can increase your chances of success.
Find a Support System
Recovery is a challenge, but having a sound support system can make it a little easier. It’s important first and foremost that you stay away from old friends and associates who are not in recovery. It will be challenging to stay away from old habits if those around you are still doing them.
It’s also important to surround yourself with those who are sober. As people tend to mimic what they see, you should stay around people acting the way you wish to act.
Also, join a recovery program for extra support. Doing so can give you the tools, resources, and help you need to stay sober. For more information on recovery programs, click here.
Know Your Triggers and Avoid Them
Most likely, you have spent some time considering what causes your temptation — what triggers, habits or people led to your previous actions. It’s crucial that you recognize those things and do the best you can to avoid them.
If you have not figured them out yet, spend some time doing so. This is not always something to do alone, as it might also trigger memories that can lead to those actions again. Instead, try going through them with a counselor, sponsor, or someone else that can help you stay on track.
Create a Healthy Environment
It’s going to be hard to achieve recovery if you are living with constant reminders of your addiction. Before leaving rehab, try to find a trusted friend or family member to go through your home and remove any paraphernalia or objects that could cause temptation. If you must do it after rehab, don’t do it alone.
Start Healthy Habits
One great way to overcome negative habits is to replace them with positive ones. Working out is helpful for many. Running, jogging, or walking is often beneficial to work up a good sweat and get some fresh air. Cardio and weight lifting can help work off frustration, while calmer workouts like yoga can help clear the mind and ease tension.
You might also consider picking up a hobby. It can be anything from knitting to working on cars. Take some time to rediscover hobbies you loved before or try some new ones.
Journaling is a helpful way to process feelings and even solve problems. It can also help you pinpoint anything that triggers temptation that you might not have discovered yet.
Whether you buy yourself a beautiful new journal to crack open or just use some regular notebook paper, start writing out your thoughts every day. Even if all you have to say is, “Today was a bad day,” get it out. By writing out your feelings, it helps to decompress all of the feelings you have locked inside.
Additionally, take some time each day to write out something you are thankful for. Aim for five things, if possible, but start with one if that’s all you can think of. The point is that when you begin to recognize the things you have to be grateful for, you will find yourself happier and more fulfilled.
You can succeed in recovery — and it’s right at your fingertips. Use the tips above, and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it.