The new year is often a time when people decide to make changes in their lives. This can be anything from resolving to get fit, to quitting smoking, to finally cleaning out the attic. For many people, one of the most important resolutions is to stay sober. Whether you are struggling with addiction yourself or trying to help a loved one stay sober, we have 10 tips that will help you throughout this new year!
Having measurable goals to strive for can help you stay focused on your sobriety. This can include anything from participating in 12-step meetings to attending therapy sessions or volunteering at a sober living facility. Set realistic and achievable goals that will give you concrete evidence of the progress you are making toward sobriety.
Take Care of Your Health
Make sure you are eating healthy and exercising regularly. Keeping your body in shape will help you cope with cravings and ward off any temptations to relapse. You should also make sure that you get plenty of restful sleep, as this can help rejuvenate both your body and mind.
Socialize in Sober Environments
Find a sober support system that you can actively participate in. It could be attending a 12-step program or just getting together with friends and family who don’t drink or are willing to give up drinking while around you. Being around people who are not drinking will help keep you accountable for your sobriety.
Be aware of the environments and people who can trigger cravings. This might mean blocking acquaintances or places that are associated with drinking or drug use in your mind. While it may seem like a difficult task, avoiding these triggers will make it much easier to stay sober.
Find New Ways to Have Fun
Look for new ways to fill the time that used to be spent drinking or using drugs. There are plenty of sober activities like going to the movies, attending a comedy show, playing sports, and more. Finding new ways to have fun can help keep your mind occupied and away from cravings.
Seek Professional Help
If you are struggling with addiction, it may be beneficial to seek professional help. Consider speaking with a qualified therapist or attending regular addiction counseling sessions. Talking through your cravings with a trained professional can help you stay on the right path. If you’re not comfortable in a traditional therapy environment, consider telehealth therapy.
It’s important to set boundaries when dealing with people who do not support your sobriety journey. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family that you don’t want to be around drinking or drug use, and remind them of why you are staying sober. True friends will respect your requests and help you on your journey.
Focus on the Positive
The journey to sobriety is not always easy, but it is important to stay positive. Focus on the progress you have made and the good things that are happening in your life. A positive attitude can help you stay motivated and on track with your goals.
Celebrate each day of sobriety, no matter how big or small. Designate time for yourself to do something special as a reward for staying sober. This could be anything from reading a book to going out with friends or taking a day trip.
Finally, remember that you are not alone on your journey to sobriety. Reach out for help when needed and don’t be afraid to talk about the struggles you’re facing. There are plenty of online resources, support groups, and treatment centers that can provide the assistance you need.
By taking these steps, you can help a loved one stay sober this year. Supporting someone in their journey is not always easy, but it is essential for long-term success. With the right attitude, dedication, and support, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.
Compassion Behavioral Health Can Help
If you’re considering therapy or rehab for your addiction, consider Compassion Behavioral Health. We offer individualized therapy and treatment plans that are tailored to each client’s unique needs. Our team of experienced therapists can help you stay on the path to sobriety and reach your recovery goals. Contact us today for more information about our services.
We understand how difficult it can be to overcome addiction, but it is possible. With the right attitude and a strong support system, you or your loved one can achieve sobriety and create a better life. Take these steps to help stay sober this year, and don’t forget to ask for help when needed.