Maintaining Sobriety in Early Recovery

Maintaining Sobriety in Early Recovery - Journey to Understanding Addiction

In early recovery, maintaining sobriety can seem insurmountable. It’s a crucial step forward in the journey toward independence from substance abuse and it requires a lot of introspection. In order to identify personal triggers and stress points, it’s important to first learn how addiction occurs, its behavioral effects, and what to anticipate in recovery.

The How and Why of Addiction

Many people are introduced to addictive substances through social interactions that eventually escalate into drug abuse. However, the change is so gradual that many people don’t even recognize what has happened until it’s worsened beyond self-efficacy. But social substance use isn’t the only cause of addiction.

Additionally, there are two types of addiction and understanding these types is important to successful recovery. Simply being able to recognize how drug dependence functions will help in being able to identify individual patterns.


Physical addiction is how most people would characterize addiction. It involves the physical act of ingesting or injecting a substance into the body to achieve a high. Some examples of physical dependence include:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Opioids 
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine

Undoubtedly, the most common representation of physical dependence is alcohol and it absolutely has to do with the wide availability of the substance. Alcoholism commonly begins with social drinking that gets out of hand. It becomes drinking alone in private and hiding it from loved ones. Isolation produces addiction in many ways.


Generally, behavioral addiction is less well-known aside from common representations such as gambling. It’s classified as a loss of control over one’s actions, resulting in behaviors that offer brief gratification. Binging is also a very common attribute of behavioral-based addiction. Examples of behavioral dependence include:

  • Internet
  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Shopping
  • Food

While these behaviors don’t represent the conventional forms of addiction, they are serious conditions that require treatment. Regardless of the situation, substance abuse is not the only addictive condition to be treated seriously and with professional care.

What Can You Expect From Recovery?

While the desire to overcome a difficult situation alone is common, it’s nearly impossible with substance abuse. Recovery requires time and support. Therefore, recovery is most successful with full participation and proactiveness. Many people utilize group homes that offer a sense of community and peer support. Group facilities and sober living homes offer a variety of different programs that cater to individual and communal needs.

Recovery Housing with Eudaimonia

By the same token, Eudaimonia offers excellent recovery programs with tailored care. In these programs, individuals can develop positive coping skills with the tools necessary to maintain sobriety. Eudaimonia even provides tailored care based on gender and orientation. Also included are supervised, short-term housing to provide support for newly sober individuals. But no matter where you are in your recovery, Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes can provide support every step of the way. We have facilities for sober living in Austin, Houston, and Colorado Springs ready to assist you in living your sober lifestyle.

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