Are you just back home from going through a medically supervised alcohol detox recovery treatment? Have you spent the last while working hard in a long term drug rehab center? If you have then congratulations on starting out on the journey of your new sober life! What a huge accomplishment. It takes courage to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction, but you’ve done it. You’ve worked hard through replacement therapy or the best drug rehab for you, and come out the other side ready to do the hard work of a successful and full sober life.
Sober Living and You
Sober living is all about knowing yourself. The most important thing you can do after therapy is to better understand the points of stress that trigger you. Just as important as knowing your triggers is building coping tools and starting to understand the ways you can effectively relieve stress without picking up a pipe or a wine glass.
This is a series presenting you with different ways to cope with stress after alcohol detox and addiction recovery treatment.
- Know your comfort zone. If you’re like the rest of us you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about regret. Things you wish you’d done differently. Or you think a lot about things that make you uncomfortable, or angry. It’s not that it’s a bad thing to think about negative aspects of life. It is important to know what makes you upset or unhappy, but it’s almost more important to understand what contentment means to you. It’s a simple idea, contentment. Well, it’s hard to be content if you know what that means to you. Start to take note of the parts of your life that make you feel safe, cozy, loved, motivated, hopeful. Start to pay attention to what your body feels like and does when you succeed.
- If you know your comfort zone, then you can access that information in a moment of great stress. As you begin to pay attention to the ways you find to calm down that best work for you, you can begin to strategize for those crucial moments where you feel out of control and start to crave a drink or a fix.
If you learn anything from this blog series about coping with stress, I want you to remember to always have a plan, and keep track of what works for you. Know what you are going to do before the stress even hits you. Keep ideas in your back pocket for when you need a good and effective stress reliever. This will help you manage triggers and cravings and will keep you on the path to a life lived in sobriety.
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