The easy part is over and now it’s time to toughen up and be ready for true bravery as you venture out into the world as a recently recovered person. Being alone in your recovery doesn’t mean that you won’t receive any support emotionally or otherwise, rather it means that your decisions will be officially back in your own hands without the constant guidance of professionals. Those who helped you begin your journey to sobriety aren’t far away and will be there to help you stay true to your recovery, but you also have to be prepared to rely on YOU.
Setting Goals For The Stages Of Your Sobriety
Viewing your sobriety in terms of stages can be helpful as a success strategy. Try thinking about where you are now, what you’ve already accomplished, and where you’re going. Setting goals for future stages in sobriety and reaching toward them will make you feel that much better about being in the early stages of your journey. You may have the rest of your life to remain sober, but the challenge will get easier and continue to feel better as you meet new goals and feel self-pride in always doing the next right thing.
Success Starts Now
There are many wonderful things for you to hold onto while your main focus becomes everlasting sobriety. Early stages of sobriety can be tough; following some of the tips below can help increase your odds for ongoing success.
- Letting go and holding on:
Leaving behind your past and looking toward your future is exactly what you should be doing. In noticing what is good for us during sobriety, and therefore, what is bad, we can work toward the weeding process of our lives. This means that you should reflect on the parts of your life that were always good for you and hold tight to them. Let helpful family members stick by your side when you need them and don’t be afraid to say goodbye to some friends or acquaintances who can pose a threat to your new, sober life.
- New behaviors to replace the old:
Having a good routine in your life is something you’ll learn about during rehabilitation. While it is wise to maintain good routines, building each day around good decisions like going to work, cleaning your house, and running errands, it is also wise to keep certain activities at bay that could lead your mind back to the addict-style of thinking. What this means is that you should always be aware of what you are doing too much and too often. Playing video games, for example, is a good thing. Playing video games well into the night and always wanting to play one more game is just a reflection of bad habits that replace drug dependency. Stick to moderation to round out your days.
- Health and healing:
Exercise can be an elixir to those who have removed drugs from their lives. Getting into the good habit of making your body strong and healthy gives you the kind of reward you need and that you can hold onto in the future of your life. You’ll know that you worked on your body and your mind to repair what was once damaged and get you back on track. This will also contribute toward a cleanse of your body, which will take your odds of getting diseases such as cancer back down to where they need to be. Remember, there are always things that you can do to fix your body and exercise your brain back to a good and healthy state.
- New activities for your new life:
Without a doubt, there is a plethora of drug-free activities that you are now ready to engage in and experience in your newly sober life. Whether it’s something overly active, like white water rafting, or something peaceful, like taking trips to museums, there is always something for you to do that can promote good, sober fun. Be proud of yourself for standing up to drugs and kicking them to the curb. You know very well that you never needed drugs in order to have fun, so now it’s time to do all of the things your forgot about. Remember when you wanted to take that long bike trip? You’re ready to do that now. Get together a small group of supportive, drug-free friends and go do the things you’ve missed out on.
Being in early sobriety means putting back together the pieces of your life and making it strong again. It means putting up barriers and making sure to not let in anything that could be harmful to your sobriety. And it means setting goals and having clean fun. For more information on what you can do to maintain your early sobriety, contact DrugRehab.org today.