About Addiction Relapse
Approximately as many as 80% of those who were able to stay sober long-term have experienced at least one relapse. There are many modifications that you or your loved one can make in your everyday living that can aid in staying sober in recovery.
In order to maintain sobriety in the recovery process, you will most likely have to make many changes and adjustments. Therapy sessions help to identify weaknesses that need to either be changed or strengthened. They will also provide suggestions and advice on ways to make the transformation. Even in the long term, adjustments will be necessary in order to avoid a relapse and stay sober.
We offer a comfortable, all-male facility where daily living involves the support and structure necessary for rebuilding your life or the life of a loved one. Remaining sober in recovery is a goal that we are dedicated to helping you achieve.
Tip 1: Stay Sober By Focusing On Physical Health
Staying sober in recovery may make you have to re-evaluate your current physical health. A healthy body helps to maintain a healthy mind and vice versa. Exercise is very important and produces the good kind of endorphins that produce an overall sense of motivation that can help to keep you or your loved one stimulated and energized.
Physical activity can also alleviate stress. Stress most certainly can increase the temptation to break the recovery process, which may then lead to a relapse. Exercise can also lessen feelings of being overwhelmed or angry with yourself or others.
Tip 1: Explore a New Interest or Hobby
Volunteering, learning something new, or finding a new hobby are some ways to remain focused and healthy in recovery. By occupying your mind with new interests, you will find that there is less time to dwell on the addiction that once consumed your life. Some hobbies and interests you might pursue include:
- Learning how to paint
- Learning how to ride a horse
- Volunteering at a food kitchen
- Taking a class to learn how to cook
- Volunteering to deliver meals to seniors
- Volunteering to answer phones at a non-profit organization
Not only will you feel good about exploring and learning something new, but this also creates the possibility of meeting new people who share the same interests.
Tip 3: Re-Examine Your Circle of Friends
Sober recovery will only continue if those around you are fully supportive and understanding of the need to be surrounded by positive and good examples. For many, addiction has been instigated and even enabled due to a poor choice of people who were influencing many daily choices prior to detox. In order to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle, a hard break from this circle of friends and acquaintances needs to take place.
Tip 4: Know That Asking For Help is Okay in Order to Stay Sober in Recovery
The recovery steps in remaining sober are difficult, to say the least, and this is not a journey that should be taken alone. It is difficult to ask for help, but you or your struggling loved one should understand the importance of reaching out.
Be encouraged to seek advice and help from various sources. Fresh Start provides a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced staff members who are available to listen and provide guidance. Recovery is more manageable and more successful when a strong support system is put in place.
Tip 5: Work On Communication Skills With Those Who are Helping You to Stay Sober
There is a strong possibility that many people around you are experiencing the effects of the drug or alcohol addiction you have been suffering from. Your struggle with substance use may have prevented you from spending time with your family and friends.
The recovery steps may generate a sense of guilt or embarrassment from those past actions. It is important for you and your loved ones to face these emotions head-on and have conversations that can heal the wounds that were created.
Tip 6: Continue Attending Therapy Sessions
Staying sober in recovery is challenging, so attending therapy of all types is very important. It may also be helpful to set aside time to learn as much as possible about the resources that are available to you.
Therapy can come in many forms, including group therapy and individual counseling. Individuals can gain the support and guidance they need through cognitive-behavioral treatment, dialectical behavior treatment, and more. Tools such as these can help you or your loved one continue to move forward and to prevent a relapse:
- Small group meetings
- Peer support groups
Tip 7: Find A Job Or Re-Evaluate Your Current Employment
Everyone has a desire to feel needed and valued. Having a job can satisfy these feelings and help with the recovery process. It is possible that while under the influence of drugs or alcohol you may have become unemployed due to neglecting any form of responsibility.
Various types of counseling can help you or your loved one with getting back on your feet in the job market. Having a job creates a sense of purpose and also relieves the financial burden. These factors can be very important in maintaining sobriety.
Tip 8: Add Structure and Routine to Your Life During Recovery
The focus of your life as you’re working through the process of staying sober in recovery should include routine and structure. While someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the main focus is when and where the next “high” is going to happen. Simply nothing else that matters more than that.
Recovery needs to involve a daily routine that includes both short-term and long-term goals. These goals will help in times of temptation to remind you or your loved one of the work put in to stay sober.
Tip 9: Be Sure to Plan Ahead
It’s important to plan ahead for situations where you know there will be temptations that create a challenge to your ability to staying sober in recovery.
Life after detox and rehabilitation will continue to challenge you or your recovering loved one. It is a lifetime commitment to stay sober in recovery and there will be some situations that present more difficulties than others.
Social functions can be especially hard, and consciously avoiding ones that will test your willpower takes strength. Some ways to handle social situations include:
- Attend the event with a sober friend
- Be the designated driver for the event
- Minimize the time you or your loved one spend at the event
- Leave as soon as you begin to feel uncomfortable, tempted, or pressured
- If it makes you feel more comfortable, keep a non-alcoholic drink in hand
- Surround yourself or your loved one with friends who you trust to have your best interests in mind while at the event
Tip 10: Focus On Your Mental Health
While trying to remain sober during the recovery process, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Stress levels can be extremely high while working through the ins and outs of everyday activities while also dealing with recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
It is important to find a balance and create new habits that replace the ones that contributed to addiction in your life. It is also necessary to learn how to relax and deal with stress. Exercise and meditation are some ways to cope.
Spending more time with family and friends who support you or your loved one is another way to improve mental health. The support and love of those close to you or your loved one are sometimes all that is needed to improve a situation.
Anger or fits of rage are very common among those who suffer from drug or alcohol addictions. During the stages of recovery, anger can also cause a relapse to occur. So it is important to learn how to manage those feelings and maintain control.
Seeking Treatment for Substance Dependence and Addiction
Finding the right environment to work through your addiction recovery journey is of the utmost importance. To get more information about how we can help you or your loved one stay sober in recovery please contact us at A Fresh Start Sober Living.
We will be happy to provide you with the details about our support system and personnel who are ready to include you or your loved one in our program. Our team understands that recovery takes time, patience, and understanding. We want to help support and teach you or your loved one how to become and remain drug- and alcohol-free for a lifetime. So, please reach out to us today!