You are ready to begin a new chapter in your life. It’s natural to be a little nervous. You have probably been down a long road to get to your life in recovery. You have the battle scars to show for it. So it is probably important to you that you find the best way to stay sober and avoid relapse. Living a life in recovery while staying sober and avoiding relapse can be especially daunting when drugs and alcohol just about everywhere. However, you can learn how to navigate through your new life without risking your sobriety.
“Just Say No!”
The catchphrase “Just Say No” was very popular back in the 1980s. Moreover, it was used in the “War on Drugs” campaign. But it is still a very useful tool to keep in your bag of resistance! If you have changed your crowd, chances are at some point you will come across a situation where you will be tempted to have just one drink or just one hit; however “just one” for someone in recovery can lead to disaster. Staying sober means that you have to be real about how that one drink or one time drug use can take you straight into relapse. Staying sober means being honest with yourself about where you have been and where you’d rather not go again. If you feel anxious about this, it’s best to remove yourself from the situation. Then, you should and call your sponsor or someone in your support network.
Dealing with the Triggers
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that over 90 percent of persons in recovery relapse at least once and at least 72 percent will have multiple relapse episodes. However, the report indicated that the relapse did not necessarily begin with the drug or alcohol use, but rather the events that led up to substance use – or the ‘triggers.’ You can avoid relapse by examining the ‘triggers.’ These are usually based upon emotion and situation, which have the potential to lead to relapse. A deeper understanding of the things that encourage you to engage in substance abuse will help you prevent relapse. This immensely helps in avoiding a relapse.
Having a Good Time without Drugs and Alcohol
It is a good idea that you avoid the old hangouts that you frequented when you were using drugs and alcohol. But, there will come a time when you will end up in a situation such as a party or restaurant where there will be drugs and alcohol. Having a “go-to” drink that is non-alcoholic such as Club Soda and lime or Ginger Ale will allow you to still enjoy yourself.
Life in Recovery at Gallus Detox Centers
Taking life in recovery just one day at a time is the best thing you can do for yourself. Every day may not be the best day. Hey, it’s okay if you don’t feel great about recovery all the time. The most important thing you can do when you’re having a bad day is to remember why you got sober in the first place. In turn, you can move on and start a new day tomorrow. Are you ready to begin your new life in recovery? Gallus Detox Centers can help. We offer comprehensive addiction detox programs proven to give you a kick-start to your recovery process. Our programs include: