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Tips for Sobriety in the New Year




Oftentimes, people look at a new year as a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. While many people focus on the whole “new year, new me” way of thinking, it’s easy for them to become sidetracked and forget about the goals they originally made. For someone struggling with addiction, this upcoming year could very well be the one where you reach sobriety and learn how to maintain it. Addiction is one of the hardest things some will ever experience in their lives but, with the proper determination and support, it’s something you can leave behind.

Consider Rehab

Sometimes an addiction is much too severe to tackle alone. In these circumstances, you can benefit from taking time to research prescription drug rehab centers to find a comfortable facility that can help you during the worst parts of your recovery. You may need rehab if:

  • You can only ever think about the drug
  • You need excessive amounts of it to feel high
  • Your physical and mental health are suffering
  • You’ve never had luck in the past quitting on your own

One of the best things about rehab is that you’ll be in a safe and supportive environment during your recovery. The people who are around you while you’re in rehab know exactly what you’re going through and how to help you. Rehab can help you discover healthy coping mechanisms, and how ways to handle everyday triggers. When you choose inpatient rehabilitation, you’ll have access to 24/7 medical care, which can be key to preventing your relapse.

Lean on Family and Friends for Support

Addiction is something that affects every single member of your family. You may have made many promises in the past to get clean and stay that way, and it may seem like no one takes you seriously anymore. Sobriety is something that can come easier when you have a strong support network standing beside you through the journey. Even if you have family members that are doubting your desire to get clean, find people in your life who will help you and be there for you. Consider going to meetings, getting a sponsor, and cutting ties with the people in your life that will only lead you down the wrong path again.

Find Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is something that everyone deals with in their life but learning how to manage it is something that can greatly impact your life. Whether it’s temporary stress or stress that never seems to go away, it’s important to find healthy coping mechanisms because any amount of stress can lead to the desire to reach for the substance of your choosing. Healthy ways to cope with stress include talking with others, exercising daily, getting enough sleep, allowing yourself to take a break, and reaching out for help when it’s needed.

Stop Being Hard on Yourself

It can be easy to get into the habit of being hard on yourself for every mistake that you make. One key to sobriety is learning to love yourself again. Take time each day to focus on your positive traits and what makes you unique. Learn how to be proud of your accomplishments, rather than dwelling on your addiction and all the mistakes you made throughout the years. You are valuable and, in spite of what you may think, you are good enough and worthy of love and acceptance.

Sobriety requires a lot of work, but if it’s something you truly want, it’s a goal you’ll be able to achieve. While it can be possible to reach sobriety alone, it is often easier when you have a solid support network you can turn to whenever needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because this is a vital key in preventing relapse.