Words of Advice for People Getting Sober Alone
Getting sober can feel like a lonely journey. And if you’re trying to do it alone it can become even more challenging.
Addiction is such a powerful force that takes over both the body and mind. However, for those who are able to finally break free, it can be such a liberating and empowering experience.
We all have the ability to fall into addiction, just like we all have the strength inside of us to overcome it. The key is being able to find that inner strength and dedicate yourself to the path of recovery.
Studies show that it is much easier to battle addiction when you reach out for help and surround yourself with a support system. However, if you’re determined to get sober alone, we’ve outlined some of the most important steps that you can take to put yourself on the right track to recovery.
1. Clear your home of vices
If it’s not around, it can’t tempt you. One of the most important things to do when starting your journey to recovery is to get rid of harmful substances. This includes alcohol, drugs, nicotine products, and anything else that could cause you to fall back into the cycle of addition. When clearing your home, it’s important to get rid of both the substance you’re addicted to as well as any other vices that could take their place.
One of the reasons rehab facilities are so successful, in fact, is because they fully immerse you into the treatment plan. By requiring you to stay on site, the rehab program denies you access to harmful substances and prevents you from giving in to temptation.
2. Stay busy
Staying busy can significantly distract your mind so that you’re less vulnerable to falling into the cycle of addition. We are often most weak to temptation when we are bored. When you stay busy, however, you will find that it is much easier to stay away from your vices because your body and mind are occupied by other things.
Staying busy releases certain endorphins in the body that can raise your spirits and help you combat feelings of withdrawal.
3. Find positive outlets
Fighting addiction is a tough battle, which is why it is important to find positive outlets. In rehab, for example, exercise programs like group fitness and yoga classes are often integrated into the treatment plan as a way to release frustration and embrace wellness. Exercise is a great way to stimulate the body and mind and refocus your energies on health.
Other positive outlets may include creative arts, drawing, dance, music, meditation, and anything else that keeps you busy and serves a positive function in your life.
5. Address the root of your addiction
Addiction isn’t something that just happens. Rather it’s often the result of a chain reaction. Most people who suffer from addiction fell into the cycle due to other things in their life that were causing them stress. Some turn to alcohol or drugs as a means to escape from their current reality, cope with depression, or mask an underlying issue in their life.
In order to truly free yourself from addiction, it is essential to dig deep to the root of the problem. This may require seeking help from a professional, which leads us to our next point.
5. Know when to seek help
Overcoming addiction is a difficult process, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Countless people struggle with addiction and find recovery by reaching out and seeking help.
For some, seeking help may be as simple as creating a support system of family and friends, while others may find success in a rehab program that offers intensive treatment and a community of support.
Seeking help from a professional psychologist or psychiatrist can also help you tackle some of the underlying issues in your life, so that you not only get sober—but stay sober as well.
At SOBA, we have seen the power that our treatment programs have to create a system of support and offer a positive community where each of our patients knows they are not alone.
While it is possible to become sober on your own, we think fighting addiction is something that no one should have to do alone. If you’re interested in learning more about how our rehab programs at SOBA can help you regain control of your life, contact us today.