Do you ever have a goal in mind, something you want to achieve, but have no idea where to begin, let alone what steps to take to get from point A to point B?
It’s an overwhelming feeling, but one commonly experienced during the search for sobriety. You might begin asking yourself, How do you get sober? How do you stay sober? Where do you even begin?
Such questions can be the springboard off of which you jump in search of answers that will, in turn, guide you towards the right steps you can take to reach sobriety.
How to reach sobriety
Every person’s journey is different, so the steps they take might differ from yours. It will be important to come up with a recovery plan that suits your needs. However, there are some things you can take into consideration as you begin.
1. Learn to say no
Learning to say no, and remaining true to that no, is critical. We understand that this is much more difficult in practice, as lots of factors can play a role in addiction, including peer pressure and the environment. But if you don’t feel confident in your ability to say no in the heat of the moment, consider saying no beforehand— turn down the party invite or go home early.
Initially, this practice is difficult, especially if it’s not one used often. However, the more you practice saying no and meaning it with little things, the easier it will become.
2. Keep yourself busy
It’s not always healthy to distract ourselves from our problems, so here we mean it a little differently.
Boredom, or simply having nothing to do, can easily lead to substance usage as something to do. For this reason, it’s better to keep yourself productively busy so that you have minimal time to engage in substance use.
You might open a gym membership and use an hour a day to work out. Consider finishing that home improvement project you’ve been putting off. Volunteer your time at a nursing home, animal shelter or museum. Teach yourself a new hobby, like cooking, gardening or guitar playing. There’s really no wrong way to go about this, so long as it benefits your mental health.
3. Be picky with community
A key to reaching sobriety is by being selective with the people who surround you. People who encourage, enable or partake in substance use are not healthy influences to be with when you’re working on getting sober. While it might be difficult, breaking ties with such a community will benefit your recovery journey immensely in the long run.
You’ll want to be around people who support your sobriety, who encourage healthy coping mechanisms and who are there for you when you struggle. It’s easy to overlook the importance of a good community, but good people, like trusted family and friends, can be your biggest asset in substance use recovery.
4. Don’t let yourself hit rock bottom
People used to be more of the mindset that in order to need addiction treatment you’d have to first hit rock bottom. We’re here to tell you that if you feel like you need help before you lose your job, relationship, etc., help is available.
In fact, it’s much easier to reach sobriety when you seek treatment earlier than later. Proactively trying to get sober when you first become concerned can make the process to sobriety easier than when the substance use has progressed for many months/years.
5. Begin to form a daily schedule
Forming a daily schedule is helpful for anyone, but can be beneficial in the journey to sobriety. A schedule minimizes empty time in your day and productively keeps your energies focused on important tasks. This gives your brain little room to think about substance use, possibly helping limit temptation.
Your schedule might begin simply with a morning wake-up time and routine, including a healthy breakfast; then, you might plan a morning yoga session or run, followed by the hours at work; post-work hours might include meal prep and time for journaling, reading or working on a hobby; a scheduled wind-down routine concludes the day.
Obviously, your schedule will reflect your lifestyle, but if it revolves around your health and mental wellness, you might find that it benefits you in many ways, including reaching sobriety.
6. Reach out to a rehab facility
When people research how to get sober, they know the road ahead of them is a challenging one. But it doesn’t have to be one journeyed alone. Far from it, actually.
Rehab facilities offer the chance at treatment surrounded by a huge support team, plus a treatment plan fitted to meet your needs. Maybe you require inpatient treatment after a long battle with substance use. Or, maybe, you need less intense treatment, but more support than a confidante— routine meetings with a therapist will help.
No matter where you are in the journey to sobriety, the team at Real Recovery is here to help. With various treatment options and holistic recovery plans, you’ll be able to attain a lifestyle of sobriety.
To speak with someone who can help, call Real Recovery anytime at 855-363-7325.