When you begin your journey with sobriety, you sign up for a life of recovery. However, recovery isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. And, unfortunately, not all people stay sober for life, even though that is everyone’s initial hope. Certainly, life doesn’t stop just because you decide to get sober. Therefore, when life throws you curveballs, staying sober is bound to get even harder. Fortunately, there are some skillsets and coping mechanisms individuals in recovery can learn. This way, there’s a better chance of establishing and maintaining long term recovery.
Set up and Initiate a Daily Routine
When you begin a new lifestyle, you’ll likely start doing things that weren’t a part of your life during active addiction. Waking up at a decent hour, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating right, and exercising are all part of a healthy lifestyle. So, try to incorporate these things into your daily routine. And, work toward keeping this routine each and every day. But remember not to slack off from this routine. When you stop doing the things that maintain a healthy lifestyle, you put yourself at risk for reverting back to old habits and behaviors. And, this can become a trigger to reverting back to even worse behaviors – drug use.
Don’t Lose Your Sobriety Commitment
It’s no secret; it takes extreme dedication to maintain successful sobriety. Choosing recovery isn’t just a one-time deal. Those who remain sober have to choose recovery every day. And, while that seems easy enough, it’s easier said than done. Some days will be harder than others. But, especially on the hard days, it’s vital to never lose your commitment to sobriety. Never forget the day that you chose sobriety and why you got to that point.
Be Careful of Overconfidence
Relapse is always a risk – even if you’ve already been sober for years. Even if you’ve established a healthy lifestyle and have a big support group, there is always a chance to revert back to old behaviors. So, don’t get overly confident about your sobriety. And, remember that every day that you stay sober is a gift. This way, you will continue on the path of recovery and take each day as it comes.
Don’t Lose Your Support
Surrounding yourself with people who support your recovery is essential for maintaining long term sobriety. Sure, life goes on and people are busy. But, your recovery support should be more to you than passing acquaintances and work buddies. So, don’t lose touch with the people you’ve met in therapy groups, in treatment, or at other recovery events. This way, you can always reach out to someone when the going gets tough that understands your situation, history, and daily sober life. And, you have the structured support you’ll need to establish long lasting recovery.
Don’t Ignore a Relapse
Sadly, most people will relapse at one point or another during their recovery journey. But, if this happens, it’s essential that you reach out for help. Recovery doesn’t have to end simply because you backtracked. And, a relapse doesn’t mean that you’re a complete and total failure. It just means that you have to reevaluate some things and work on some of the tips mentioned above to maintain long term recovery.
So, if you or a loved one has relapsed, look for professional help. Here at Willow Place for Women, we help women living with active addiction find and establish a life of sobriety. And, can help individuals who have relapsed on their recovery journey. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today from our website.