Once an addict, always an addict! These words are at the core of every person dealing with the day-to-day struggles of sobriety. As an addict, one of the biggest milestones you can achieve in your life is when you finally give up your substance abuse crutches and regain your sobriety back. But no matter if you've been sober for one day, or you've been clean for many years, living a sober lifestyle will always be a struggle. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Raleigh NC, we use the term "in recovery", rather than "recovered" because an addict will always be tempted to use again, to some extent. As you set forth on your journey to sobriety, you'll find that it's a hard battle to stay clean and everywhere you look, you'll find people around you creating sobriety blocks and barriers. This will be something you'll have to deal with for the rest of your life, but you do have the power to stay clean, and we can teach you how to make these situations easier. At Legacy Freedom we can help you relearn positive coping skills so you can navigate life without drugs and alcohol keeping you down.
When you start out on your sober journey, you might want to stay away from scenarios that might put you in a precarious situation. Your coping skills might not be where they need to be to handle situations where people will drinking, and you definitely should not be putting yourself in situations where people are using drugs. You really need to be honest with yourself and your sobriety. If you think you're going to have hard time dealing, then stay away. Put it this way, if you keep going to the candy store to look at candy ... eventually you're going to get some candy. The same could be said for going to a party or bar. If you continue to put yourself in these environments, you're going to eventually take another drink.
Even if you've been sober for a number of years, and you feel that you are capable of being around people that are drinking, you still need to be careful; after all, your sobriety and your life is at stake. Make new friends if you have to, because if your current friends pressure you to tag along, or to drink, then they have no real interest in your sobriety, recovery, or overall well-being.
If you do decide to keep your old friends, the ones that still drink and use drugs, or have to be at a social event where lots of people will be drinking heavily, there are few things that you can do to help you remain sober. Check out these following tips.
First, make an ally to help you stay sober. There is power in numbers, so make sure to take a trusted friend or family member with you to the event to have your back. You don't have to be joined at the hip all night, but make sure to lean on your support system anytime you feel weak. If you cannot take a trusted ally, make sure to tell at least one person, that you know at the event, your situation. You don't have to advertise the fact that you are a recovering addict, but having someone who knows your situation will help you stay on the right track.
If you're on the fence about going to the event, write out all the pros and cons. While doing this be sure to be honest with your answers. If you find that there are more cons than pros, for attending the event then just make up an excuse as to why you cannot make it to the event. Anytime you have to be around heavy drinking, always keep your stomach full. A grumbling, hungry stomach can really throw a wrench into your sobriety and willpower. Eat before you go the event and even try to eat while at the event. Chug water if you have to because this can even trick your body into thinking that you're full.
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If you're struggling with sobriety, please call Legacy Freedom. Our affordable and holistic treatment programs can, and will help you get your life back on track. Our alternative programs work for addicts of all ages. Check out our success stories, like us on Facebook, and call us today with any questions.