How to Maintain Long-Term Sobriety

2017-01-28T00:18:10+00:00 September 30th, 2016|

During the first stages of sobriety, most people in recovery tend to be highly motivated. They are more clear headed, have more energy and their world seems full of possibilities. Although a sober lifestyle is so much more rewarding than the life of an addict, often times people can take things for granted and the road to recovery can become more of an obstacle. One of the biggest challenges in recovery is learning how to stay motivated throughout the rest of your life in order to minimize the risk of a relapse. Explore our blog for helpful ways that you can stay on the right path and remain motivated throughout your addiction recovery journey!

Sobriety is a Process

Sobriety is a process, not an event. Many people have the idea that if they just simply give up alcohol and drugs, then they will automatically be happy. But the truth is becoming sober is only a part of the process when it comes to true recovery. There is always a reason for why a person falls into addiction and that reason is usually still there after one becomes sober. This is why the major key to long-term sobriety is to figure out the reasons for why addiction occurred in the first place. This will lead to making the necessary changes needed in order to cope with those challenges while being sober. Most of the time, relapse occurs due to the inability to cope with life, therefore it is crucial to learn how to cope with difficult situations or deal with past events in order to remain sober.

Achieving Emotional Sobriety

Emotions contribute to a person’s sobriety and their overall quality of life. In order to build a successful life that does not involve alcohol or drugs, one must learn to develop emotional sobriety. An emotionally sober person is someone who has developed the ability to positively deal with their emotions and keep a healthy balance. It means that when a problem arises, you no longer have the need to run to alcohol and drugs for temporary relief, but instead you are willing to deal with life and feel your feelings. Learning the proper tools needed to deal with your emotions in a positive way requires patience, time and effort. Once you learn to be in a healthy emotional mindset, you are more likely to stay motivated and succeed at long-term sobriety.

Attending Support Groups

Attending support groups is a great way to stay motivated and maintain long-term sobriety. Self-help or support groups are welcoming, non-judgmental and everyone is there to encourage and support one another in their recovery efforts. It is helpful to visit a few different support group meetings to find one where you feel most comfortable. Residence XII offers Addiction Aftercare Programs which provide women in recovery the practical tools and knowledge they need to succeed, as well as structure and accountability. There are also Extended Care Outpatient Groups that teach coping-skills, stress management and the connection between substance-use and trauma.

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).