Allowing enough time, rest, and sleep is the greatestapproach to overcoming heavy alcohol use and regaining sobriety. The approacheswe discussed above might make someone feel and seem more alert, but they won'tmake their blood alcohol levels go down. During recovery, maintaining goodphysical health will aid in maintaining good mental health. Therefore, maketime for good food, exercise, and sleep schedule.
A typical drink is a 1.5-ounce shot of booze, a 4-ounceglass of wine, or a 12-ounce lager. Bear in mind that different beers havedifferent alcohol content levels, so an IPA with 9% alcohol will count morethan a light beer with 4% alcohol. Try to limit your intake of mixed drinks toonly beer at night. Avoid hard liquor shots since they quickly get youinebriated.
Some elements of recovery that enhance the positivesensations of sobriety include having healthy relationships, expressingappreciation regularly, discovering your purpose, and living in the present.This is one way that feeling good about being sober is similar to falling inlove with yourself and then learning to love yourself during the recoveryprocess. It's never too late to start feeling better, move toward a happierfuture, and get to know and love the happier, more fulfilled, successful, andmore genuinely connected version of yourself that you experience when youabstain from alcohol and other drugs. You could feel more at ease holding adrink in your hand when participating in social activities where drinking isallowed.
Setting Sobriety Goals
Setting objectives is the secret to a successful soberlifestyle. The day you decide to become sober and maintain sobriety is the dayyou take back control of your life. Consider how you are currently living andwhether you are open to change. Do you think you could be successful? What doespersonal achievement entail to you? What are your current, short-term, andlong-term goals?
Goals, in our opinion at Turnbridge, give us meaning. Theypropel us ahead in whatever size. They act as a road map for our future,pointing us in the direction of higher education, prosperous careers,better-quality relationships, and physical, emotional, and spiritualwell-being. Personal objectives are not often dropped off or neglected, incontrast to New Year's resolutions. They are constantly at the forefront of ourthoughts.
In light of this, we advise making a list of personal goalsthat you can work toward in 2018 and beyond rather than a rigid list of NewYear's resolutions that must be fulfilled this year. Do not confine yourself toan annual oath. Let your year be defined by something other than resolutions.Decide how you will describe yourself in 2018 in place of this. If leading asober life is your primary objective, make it your goal every day rather thanjust for the year.
Be patient and accept it Slow recovery requires time, whetherit's from a broken arm or a drug addiction. Be patient, please. Drugs havestrong molecules in them that physically change the brain. It will take sometime for your mind and body to adjust to life without medications. At first,living sober will be awkward and uncomfortable. It will be challenging.
Because of this, it's crucial to take each day as it comesif you're new to sobriety. Make sobriety your daily priority for the first fewmonths of your recovery. Avoid using any drugs or alcohol to get through theday. Once you've completed that, you'll be able to go on to the following. Youwill consistently achieve your goals if you structure them in this way eachday.
Make a to-do list and make plans to do it.
In the process of recovering, goal-setting is crucial. Youmust, however, also plan how you'll achieve those objectives. If maintainingsobriety is your major objective, prioritize attending regular 12-step meetingsor support groups. Attend those meetings every week. You may include activitieslike grocery shopping, making a healthy meal, and working out if you've addedother objectives to your list, like getting healthier. Make a to-do list, stickto it, and make it a routine.
Scratch a task off your daily to-do list once you'vefinished it or make a note of your accomplishments. Review your to-do list atthe end of each day, then create a new one. This will provide you with somedirection for the following day as well as a sense of accomplishment for thethings you scratched off.
Keep your to-do list updated and tailored to yourobjectives. Make it a point to get up at a specific time or respond to acertain number of emails each day if improving performance at work is one ofyour goals. Keep in mind your longer-term objectives, too. Do you intend toenroll in a college course? Include tasks like attending weekly night classesand submitting applications to schools on your to-do list. You will live asuccessful life filled with accomplishments if you continually make plans foryour clean life.
Enjoy yourself and pursue your happiness.
Recovery need not be a dull experience. Contrary to commonopinion, being sober does not require you to give up a girls' night out infavor of a knitting club. You can (and should!) enjoy yourself. Make the mostof your sobriety because there are numerous advantages to it. Make it a pointto laugh out loud every day and to explore a passion or a task that is not onyour to-do list. Try picking up a skill you've always wanted to learn, like theukulele or rock climbing. Go to a painting lesson. Get active by going outside.Connect with nature, practice meditation, or enroll in a yoga class to enlivenyour spirit.
Embrace the Support of Sober, Caring People
Creating a support system of peers who are drug-free, whosupport your desire to live clean, and who you can call on when you need totalk is one of the most crucial pieces of sober living advice. We encourage ourclients at Turnbridge to begin creating their sober network the moment theywalk through our doors. Although each person has a unique addiction narrative,we think that they are all there for the same cause, and making connections inrecovery is one of the most rewarding experiences. To make a difference intheir life and stay sober is what they set out to do each day.
It's crucial to remember that you're not the only one ifyou're still getting used to sobriety. Some share your goals and are in asimilar situation to you. You can locate these people by enrolling in soberactivities and support groups in your community, such as a church group or ateam of athletes who have chosen to abstain from alcohol, or by visiting drugtreatment centers like Turnbridge. They might be sharing a chair with you inyour 12-step meeting or residing in your sober residence. Find friends who willsupport you in achieving your goals, unlike your former drug-using friends.
At some time during your rehabilitation, you'll experiencestress, either intense stress (like losing your job) or low-level stress (suchas being late for an appointment). What then does sobriety feel like? Who youask and where you are in your recovery may affect the response to thisquestion.