Addiction is a serious problem that takes years to overcome. But it’s not impossible. You can get sober and maintain sobriety if you’re willing to put in the work. In this guide, Dr. Charles Noplis, shared some tips for getting and staying sober—as well as how to avoid relapsing in the first place:
If you’re serious about maintaining your sobriety, it’s important that you have a plan for what to do if temptation strikes. If it’s okay for you to use drugs or alcohol again, then make sure that there is no access in your home or workplace. If it isn’t okay and/or if there is no way around having access, then get rid of any substances as soon as possible.
Another key component of maintaining sobriety is having someone who can help support and encourage you through difficult times–and there will be difficult times! Make sure this person knows how much they mean to you by showing gratitude on a regular basis (even if they don’t ask). To find people who will be supportive during those times when even family members may not understand why someone would want their life back so badly: look online! There are plenty of forums dedicated specifically towards helping others achieve their goals without using substances like drugs or alcohol.”
Find an addict peer group.
You are not alone. There are many people who have been where you are and gone through what you’re going through, and they can help. You can find support groups online, in your local community and even at the library. It is important to find a group that works for you–if one doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to try another one!
Take part in self-care activities that don’t involve drugs or alcohol.
- Get a massage.
- Go for a walk.
- Take your dog for a run or to the dog park (if you have one).
Get a pet you can love and who will love you back unconditionally.
If you’re trying to stay sober and clean, getting a pet can be a great way to do so. Pets are known for being good at helping people stay away from drugs and alcohol. They provide companionship and love that you may not be getting from other people in your life, which can make all the difference when it comes to helping someone maintain their sobriety.
If possible, try adopting an animal instead of purchasing one because this will allow them access to better medical care if they need it (and most animals do). You’ll also know where your new friend came from and how old he/she is–not just how much money was spent on him/her!
Get a job that’s meaningful and fulfilling to you.
One of the best ways to stay sober is by having a job that’s meaningful and fulfilling to you. This can be achieved in several ways:
- Finding a passion-driven career path (e.g., becoming an animal rescuer)
- Working at an organization that inspires you (e.g., volunteering at a local soup kitchen)
- Applying your skills in a way that makes an impact on others’ lives
If you’re struggling with addiction, it can be tempting to want to give up hope. But remember that there’s always a way out of this cycle if you keep trying. And don’t forget about your loved ones! They can be a great support system for helping you stay sober and on track with recovery–so make sure they know how important they are in your life.