Many of us today struggle with some sort of addiction, whether it`s a role, process or substance. If you or someone you know have cut out the booze and would appreciate a few helpful hints to stay sober and happy, keep reading today`s article by Foodie Fitness blogger, Adrienne.
You’re on the road to recovery. Congratulations. Embarking on your sobriety journey was a big step. Totally life altering, right? Perhaps this journey started with some intense rehabilitation and detoxification. Those are two positive steps forward. Now it is time to get back into the world and put a sober lifestyle into practice.
At first, you might feel extremely apprehensive about trying to have fun without alcohol or drugs. You might even worry that certain social situations might trigger a relapse. All of those feelings are completely normal. Being honest with yourself is the key to a successful sobriety. The harsh reality is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t hide from alcohol and drugs for the rest of your life.
However, you can choose many proactive approaches that will help you stay social, sober and satisfied. Here’s how:
Find Sober Activities
Leading a sober life is going to open up all kinds of new possibilities. It also might mean going through a bit of a learning curve. How do you answer the question, “What brings me joy?” Is it hiking? Biking? Dungeons and Dragons? There is a long list of sober activities you could engage in that have nothing to do with your previous destructive patterns. It might be that you don’t even know you like something because you haven’t given it a try yet.
Here’s the thing to remember about sober activities: You don’t have to like them all. Maybe you can’t stand going to the beach or hiking. There is nothing wrong with that. But it`s no reason to give up on your search for those things you do enjoy. As an added bonus, you might meet a new network of friends to share those sober activities with.
Volunteer Your Time
Your path to recovery has been all about you, as it should be. Perhaps it’s time to step out and turn some of that energy to others in need. Wherever you live, there are amazing volunteer opportunities to dive into. Whether you help kids with their reading at a library, hand out groceries at a food bank or volunteer at a pet shelter you’ll find that shifting your focus towards others in need will be rewarding on many levels.
Engage In Better Eating and Exercise
As you got clean, your body went through a transformation. This is a perfect opportunity to build on that sobriety foundation by changing your diet and adding exercise. You don’t need to go vegan and run a marathon (although there`s nothing wrong with that!). Maybe learn how to make pasta from scratch. Cut back on take-out food to twice a week. Avoid using the microwave for cooking a meal. Then just get out and walk. It’s all part of the plan and doesn’t have to be drastic.
Avoid the Triggers
Finally, you’ll need to make every effort to avoid those triggers. By now, you’ve probably discovered a long list of triggers. Those could be people and places. It might be time to say good-bye to those elements in your past life that will interfere with your new sober life. Just keep in mind that you’re not losing so much as replacing.
What happens if you’re invited to a wedding or birthday party and you know there will be drinking? You always have the option not to go. Whoever invited you should be a friend who understands. This avoidance should only be an issue until you feel you’re on solid footing with your recovery.
If you do want to attend a social gathering, then perhaps check in at a meeting before you go. You could also have a sober buddy by your side to help you through the event. Despite how you may feel at times, you’re not in this alone.
About the Author
Adrienne is a blogger and freelance designer passionate about healthy living, good food, and fitness. You can see more of her work by following @foodierx on Twitter or visiting her blog, Foodie Fitness.
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