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Tips for Living Sober

A real challenge after leaving a drug rehab program is maintaining long term sobriety. For every person in recovery, relapse present the biggest threat to staying sober.  As a result, many people become consumed with the fear of resuming drug use.  Unfortunately, focusing on a relapse instead of exploring all the ways to enjoy being in recovery often create a state of mind that is more conducive to resuming drug use than maintaining sobriety.   Experts warn that the chances of experiencing a relapse is typically greatest during the first twelve months of abstinence. In alcohol addition to going through relapse prevention education and training, it may also be helpful to apply a few of the following tried and true suggestions for staying sober.   

Best Tips for Living Sober

  • Establish an effective aftercare plan with your treatment team and follow through on all requirements of that plan.
  • Identify and maintain good support systems that may include hiring a sober coach, regularly attending meetings and enlisting family members to help you to be accountable to these support systems.  Studies show, those who continue to attend 12 step meetings after treatment are more likely to maintain their sobriety than those who don’t.
  • Stay connected as a member of your treatment center Alumni program that help you to stay in touch with those who were a part of your recovery process. 
  • Take a “no exceptions” stance when it comes to avoiding people, places and things that are known relapse triggers for you.
  • Be consistent about self-care that includes good nutrition, some form of physical activity and nurturing interests that enhance daily life.  
  • Avoid boredom by taking this time to explore all the options that your new sober lifestyle provides by having a well thought out schedule.  This can also include relapse prevention activities and the exploration of options such as whether you should go back to school or embark on a new career.
  • Avoid isolation by working on repairing or building healthy relationships with people that support rather than threaten your new found sobriety. Studies indicate that individuals who consider themselves to be happy typically have close ties with other people. Developing meaningful relationships with family and friends and spending time with these individuals can be an effective sobriety maintenance tool.
  • Carving out time for spirituality, meditation or personal growth has been shown to be a major factor in helping people stay in recovery. Traditional religion and meditation has also been linked to feelings of well-being and happiness.

Recovering from drug addiction is a tremendous accomplishment. In addition to participating in a sober living transitional program, these tips can help you to make the transition from a rehabilitation facility feel less daunting as you prepare for re-engagement into everyday life.  By establishing good habits after the rehab process, staying sober can, overtime, eventually become routine.  

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