Staying clean and sober takes a lot of hard work and commitment. After successfully completing treatment, remaining sober is an everyday challenge and true recovery is a life-long journey. Although relapse is a part of many people’s recovery, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. Check out our blog on ways to decrease the chances of a relapse happening and signs and triggers to watch out for.
1. Avoid Tempting Situations
A lot of people in early recovery want to prove to themselves that they can be around alcohol and drugs and not use. Although it might be tempting to go out to bars, nightclubs and other alluring environments, it is dangerous to do so and such places should be avoided, especially if one is in the early stages of recovery. To live a clean and sober lifestyle, it is ill-advised to be around places that may influence or pressure one to use. Even if avoiding temptation in the moment may appear easy, eventually being in an environment like that will lead to relapse. The people and places that one surrounds themselves with have a big influence, therefore it is important to choose environments that will have a positive impact to help one stay on track.
2. Get Enough Rest
Simply getting enough sleep each night can do wonders for anyone’s health and is an important component of early recovery. Alcohol and drugs has a big influence on an individual’s sleeping pattern for many years, and it can take the body some time to adjust to a normal sleep cycle again. As addicts, many have lost the ability to get enough rest because of the brain’s chemistry being tampered by abusing alcohol and drugs. It is helpful to create a daily schedule, since it is a great way to develop a new and healthier routine. Going to bed at the same time every night to ensure a good night’s sleep is also part of a healthier routine. Our sleeping patterns help keep us healthy for a lifetime, so getting enough rest each night is crucial to a healthy and balanced sober life.
3. Be Patient
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight. In order to successfully remain sober, a great deal of patience is required. Nothing in life that is worth having ever comes easy and recovery is one of those circumstances. The road might be long and challenging; addiction treatment will require a lot of effort and stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Take adequate time with recovery and understand that it is not easy. It is important to take it one day at a time and healing will happen gradually the longer one remains sober when taking the right path to sobriety.
4. Develop a Positive Support Network.
One of the first and most important things to do when becoming sober is to build a positive support network. That means being surrounded with supportive family and friends and letting go of people who do not support one’s substance-free lifestyle (such as “using buddies” from the past). Unhealthy relationships and people who use can be emotional triggers for a relapse, especially for someone who is in the beginning stages of recovery. A great way to stay on track is to regularly meet with an addiction treatment counselor, get a sponsor and attend meetings through Alcoholics Anonymous program. These meetings are a key part of an addiction relapse prevention regimen. Plus, they will help with the motivation to remain sober and remind a recovering addict of the reasons why they got sober in the first place.
About Residence XII
Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).