When you get sober, there are a lot of changes that need to be made. That is why a lot of people who are in recovery will tell you that it is hard work. But, one thing is for sure – it is worth it! In order to make the most of your new lifestyle in sober recovery, there are a number of lifestyle modifications you can make that will make you feel healthier, be less inclined to relapse, and stay on the right track.
Sober Recovery Requires Your Full Attention
In order to really have a successfully sober recovery, your whole entire life needs to revolve around it. Sobriety has to be your number one priority. As long as you continue to do the next right thing and stay on the path of sobriety, everything else will fall into place after it.
There are things you can do to change your lifestyle that will benefit your health overall while also making it easier for you to stay sober. Let’s face it, while you were using drugs or drinking, your overall health was most likely the last thing on your mind. Most people who come to rehab are severely malnourished and vitamin and mineral deficient. For some people, going without food for days is normal in active addiction, and when they do eat, the food is horrible.
While you were in active addiction, you probably didn’t notice or didn’t care that you were so malnourished, however now that you are sober you will start to feel the difference. If you don’t eat regularly, you’ll start to feel weak, and you want to make sure to keep your energy up so that you don’t feel like you need drugs or alcohol to feel good again. Also, you want to make sure to eat healthy food that nourishes you from the inside out so that you stay strong and full of energy, naturally!
Healthy Hobbies Are Key for a Successful Sober Recovery
One of the worst things for a recovering addict is boredom! When you have nothing to do, your mind wanders. And, unfortunately, it often wanders to bad things like using or drinking yourself into an oblivion. For that, it is important to have healthy hobbies.
During active addiction, your entire life circled around your substance of choice. The people you hung out with, the activities you took part in, and the places you frequented all revolved around using. Now, the opposite should be the case. Find people who are sober and have your best interest in mind. They will provide a healthy outlet for you to stay on the right track, and you’ll also have people to call if you feel like you might slip up. These people, in essence, will become your security net.
As far as activities go, in rehab, you will be encouraged to participate in light exercise and creative activities like writing and drawing. These are meant to engage your mind and attention in healthy ways so that you develop outlets to distract you from thinking about drugs or alcohol. These kinds of activities can help you to learn how to live in the present and think about the task at hand instead of letting your mind wander. Physical activities will also allow you to feel strong and healthy, and as you progress you will be less and less likely to pick up drugs or a drink and relapse.
Other healthy habits may seem trivial, but they add up to a much healthier lifestyle overall. For example, during treatment and also in any kind of sober living environment, you will be expected to keep up with your personal belongings and appearance. Things like making your bed each morning, showering regularly, and caring about the things you own make you more aware of your surroundings and less likely to slip into old, bad habits. After all, not caring about yourself makes you much more likely to relapse, simply because a healthy lifestyle doesn’t matter to you.
For a successfully sober recovery, it is important to want it more than anything else in your life. Keep on the right path, one step at a time. There is no need to overwhelm yourself, just keep doing the next right thing and you will slowly see your sober days, months, and years build up!