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Not every conversation has to be about something intense, like addiction or coronavirus. In fact, it’s important to have plenty of lighthearted conversation to lift your spirits. If these emotions become excessive, they can hold you back from recovery. If you are trying to maintain a sober lifestyle, those feelings can become toxic and contribute to relapse if you don’t deal with them properly. A therapist can help you learn new coping skills, develop new thinking patterns, and address any co-occurring mental health conditions that may make recovery more difficult.

  • If you must be in the presence of alcohol, bring your sponsor or another person of support with you.
  • Meditation is a healthy way to calm ourselves.
  • Staying sober also means being honest to yourself and members of your support group.
  • Staying sober requires intensive care and therapy tailored to the individual needs.
  • Without mood-altering substance, life just got real.

Recovery from a substance use disorder or addiction is rarely an easy path. Some days will be a breeze, while others can be downright scary and overwhelming. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that relapses happen to almost everyone. In fact, some research estimates that up to 80 percent of people seeking long-term sobriety have at least one relapse. And in case it wasn’t already obvious, the only way to get to long-term sobriety is to first achieve short-term sobriety.

How Do You Become Sober?

If you slip and use drugs or alcohol, it’s important not to let a singular act derail your journey to recovery. Overcoming the daily urges and temptations to use drugs (or alcohol) is hard enough without having to deal with a chaotic home environment. More than anything else, a stable living environment becomes essential to maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle on a long-term basis. Going from the confines of a drug treatment program back into the real world can be an equally jarring experience for the recovering addict.

You may be used to getting your support in person… but when you can’t, it makes it that much more important to stay in contact in other ways. If you’re working from home, it can be hard to keep your time structured. Too much free time can give you lots of time to dwell on negative thoughts or think of excuses to relapse. New Jersey’s slice of that pie was intended to help only parolees at risk of opioid overdose. And it extended to just two counties, Ocean and Monmouth.

Join a support group.

Go for a 15 minute walk and you’ll be better for it. Walking helps clear your head, increase circulation, and promote better heart health overall. You need to put your health at the forefront of your day-to-day activities and a 15 minute walk should be possible regardless of the weather or time of day. One of the healthiest things you can do for your brain and body is to work out at a gym.

After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives. Giving back is the best way to divorce one from ‘self.’ Self is that noisy little monkey named brain noise, living in your head that nags, complains, and creates anxiety. When you help others you focus on them and their needs, silencing the inner chatter.

Find Balance in Your Life

Therapy offers a safe space with supportive individuals who want to see you maintain your sobriety. It is the place to honestly assess your situation and prospects of remaining sober. Therapy sessions usually include growth-oriented practices like mindfulness meditation which help solidify your resolve to stay clean. You’ll have a much easier time staying busy and sober if you have routines that keep you moving forward. Especially in your first few months of sobriety.

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