The first few weeks after you’ve completed a substance abuse program can be emotionally and physically challenging. Many of the things you’ve been doing for so long may seem bizarre and unnatural to you. However, as challenging as it may seem, staying structured is one of the most important things you can do in recovery. Without structure, your recovery is much more likely to be temporary and unstable. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay organized while in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Category: Structured Sober Living
Pets can be a source of tremendous comfort to people. When people feel loved and supported, they are more likely to recover from a substance use disorder. That’s why pet therapy programs exist – they offer pet owners an opportunity to provide care, compassion, and love to those who need it most. In today’s article, we will explore the benefits of pet therapy in recovery and how program participants may benefit from the experience.
Sober living isn’t just about abstaining from alcohol and other substances. It’s a lifestyle that encompasses many different aspects of your life. For example, it can help you make better decisions, keep you stress-free, and even improve your physical health. If you’re ready to start living an active sober lifestyle, read on for more information.
Sober living is challenging, especially when faced with all the free time that used to be occupied by substance use. Isolation is also a concern for people whose friend group was previously curated through addiction. Finding new hobbies and activities can be a great way to meet new people and keep your mind stimulated. This is why so many recovering addicts find that adding sober activities to their routine is beneficial in keeping them on the right path. These days, there are so many different ways that people in recovery can enrich their daily lives. Yoga is one such practice that the addiction recovery community has turned to as a constructive sober activity. Let’s discuss the benefits of yoga and some basic poses that you can try today!
In the age of technology, it’s become a lot easier to track your sobriety and manage your recovery plan with the advent of mobile apps. Below is a list of recovery-based apps that you can download on your smartphone to connect with a supportive community and meet your own treatment goals. Regardless of whether you are newly sober or established in your recovery, there is an app on this list for you! All of the applications are available on Android and Apple iOS. Prices are subject to change as of the writing of this article. Eudaimonia does not receive commissions on purchases and is not in a sponsorship agreement with any of the applications listed below.
In recovery, some find that they have extra time on their hands that used to be occupied in some way by substance use. We’re starting off our new Sober Activity Series with caring for houseplants as a great way to dedicate that extra time to something productive. Houseplants are a great form of therapy for anyone in recovery, someone working through trauma, dealing with mental illness, or some combination of the three. Research shows that for 88% of Americans, caring for houseplants has improved their mental health. So let’s go over a few beginner-friendly houseplants to get you started in your new sober hobby!
Every person in addiction recovery will at some point experience cravings for a substance they are abstaining from. It’s natural. For some, these cravings are hard to ignore and unfortunately lead to a relapse of substance use. Urge surfing is a method of maintaining and coping with these cravings and preventing relapse. Let’s discuss how you can implement this practice into your recovery plan.
Step 9 of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program is all about making amends to the people you’ve hurt through your substance use. For many, this can be the most difficult and visceral step of the program. Which makes it all the more important in the recovery process. Not only is this step useful in helping you rebuild your relationships but it forces you to face the very real damage your substance use has caused. Let’s discuss some tips on reaching out and composing apologies to the people in your life you wish to make amends with.
As the season of parties and social gatherings approaches, you may want to consider some sober alternatives to toasting with friends and family. But what are the options out there, and which one is right for you? Is it even okay to drink non-alcoholic beverages in recovery? We’ve got the answers for you.
Are you ready to have the talk? Telling people you’re sober is a big step forward in recovery. Make sure you know who you want to tell and why you want to tell them. Check-in with yourself and weigh whether this is the right step forward. How will informing people about your sobriety benefit your recovery? What are the risks? Let’s explore.
A lot of people want quick solutions when they’re seeking successful sobriety and recovery. But the truth of the matter is that recovery is a lifelong process that is cultivated carefully through time and dedication. That being said, let’s discuss some key strategies that will foster successful sobriety no matter the stage of recovery.
Staying motivated in sobriety comes with its own difficulties so here are some tips to help you stay motivated in your recovery journey.
In recovery, isolation can be harmful. It’s important to reach out to friends and maintain or mend relationships. But social gatherings can be tricky to navigate in sobriety. Most restaurants, grocery stores, parties, and work functions carry the possibility of encountering alcohol. Even though the temptation of alcohol might be present, it is possible to successfully navigate a party as long as you set boundaries and maintain them. Here are some options:
Sober homes are houses, often run by organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Al-Anon, where people can stay for a short period to help recover from alcoholism or drug addiction. These residences often provide a safe environment for treatment and can be used as transitional housing before moving into more permanent housing in a sober community. The benefits of staying in such residences vary depending on the individual’s needs at the time but may include access to a support network, counseling and 12-step programs, professional guidance in relapse prevention, or substance abuse treatment plans with the goal of eventually living independently in their own home again.
Recovery group meetings are an important part of any recovering addicts. It performs multiple functions and helps in your sobriety. So, it becomes important to attend these recovery group meetings as often as possible. The more you participate and contribute in these meetings, the easier it gets to stay sober and free from the addiction.