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It’s a common misconception that sobriety simply means not using drugs and alcohol. While technically correct by definition, in circles of recovery, most would agree that there is far more to sobriety than not using substances anymore. In fact, getting clean is just the beginning. Sobriety is not a singular action, it is something that requires ongoing maintenance. In order to keep their sobriety, most people must completely change their lifestyle.
As humans we love to do what we know and what we’re comfortable with. So, building this new sober lifestyle can be frustrating and overwhelming for someone new to recovery. It can be a slow process, and may require a lot of trial and error, but a countless number of recovering addicts and alcoholics have found success in crafting a new, sober lifestyle.
The Starting Point
If you’re new to recovery and are just beginning the journey into sobriety, you may be wondering where to start. A good starting point is finding consistent, reliable work. Becoming self-sufficient while learning to be responsible is indispensable for someone building a sober lifestyle. Accountability is another attribute that you’ll learn to exercise through consistent employment. A job will require you to show up on time, and perform your duties at an acceptable level. Employment carries a ton of benefits that all lend themselves to a successful, sober lifestyle.
A Program of Recovery
Meeting attendance is the cornerstone of anyone who is serious about their sobriety. It’s important early on to establish a regular meeting schedule. Not only should you attend meetings, but get involved in your group as well. Taking a commitment at a meeting, such as making coffee or greeting, adds an additional level of accountability. Getting to know people in the group and communicating outside the meeting, will start to build your support network. Having someone to reach out to is crucial, especially during early sobriety.
Having a regular daily routine is something that works for not only people in sobriety, but people in general. Don’t try to overhaul your entire life at once but small, healthy decisions will add up to a successful sober lifestyle over time.
Here are some small suggestions to try:
- Integrate some form of exercise into your routine
- Make little, healthy changes to your eating habits
- Try waking up and going to sleep at the same time everyday
- Make time for some form of self-reflection daily
Building a sober lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. If you still don’t know where to start, find someone who you admire and follow what they do. Ask them how they got sober and how they continue to stay sober. Remember, everyone is different, and there is no right or wrong way to do sobriety.
If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Royal Life Centers right away. Our world class program is designed around the needs of our guests, so they get the most out of their treatment. If you need help, please don’t wait any longer. Recovery is possible. We make ourselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877)-732-6837 or (877)-RECOVERY. Because We Care.