Those who have stopped drinking or quit addictive behaviors and are serious about staying sober will want to do everything possible to avoid having a relapse. It may seem that relapse is the last thing that one would want to happen, but the truth is relapse is very common for people new to recovery.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop can be part of the process.
Some quit their drug of choice and want to stay stopped but fail at willpower alone. The intentions may be good, but it takes more than willpower to avoid having a relapse.
If one doesn’t know or recognize the warning signs of a relapse, it can sneak up on you. Relapse begins long before you actually pick up a drink or a drug.
It is known that if one stops using but continues with the same routine, hanging around the same people and places, and not making any changes in life, that there is a much higher chance to slip back into old behaviors and habits, therefore, returning to a drink or drug.
How Does One Stay Sober?
There are many things one can change in one’s life that can keep one from returning to a drink or drug.
- Make changes – Immediately and most obvious is the people, places, and things that were around during the use of the substance. Changing your everyday routine from where you go to the people you hang out with even to the route you take to work. It doesn’t matter what changes just as long as it different.
- Make healthy relationships – during ones using days, relationships with others seem to not be the greatest and most likely, they were using a drink or drug as well. Making new and healthy sober relationships with others may be hard but to avoid a relapse and have a better chance of staying sober, it is important.
- Exercising – when a person is preoccupying their life with drinking and drugging, they are most likely not taking care of their health. Exercise and recreational activities can reduce major triggers for relapse, stress, and boredom. Exercise can restore a sense of balance in a person’s life and therefore benefit one, not only physically but, emotionally.
Once all these changes are made and it becomes a routine, one might become complacent and bored, so there is one more vital option that the majority of recovered people swear by and that is gaining more knowledge about addiction by joining support groups and attend the meetings.
How to Get Help from Alcoholics Anonymous
There are many different fellowships people turn to for help and/or guidance when dealing with substance abuse. Some of the better-known fellowships are Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and many more. The church is even used to help guide those back from a life of substance abuse.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the oldest and most known fellowship for helping those in need of sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism but can Alcoholics Anonymous keep one sober?
It really depends on the individual and what works for them. Some go to A.A. meetings, and it works but most who want to stay clean find that the more tools they have to maintain their sobriety the better it works. Even the Alcoholics Anonymous program is based on more than merely “going to a meeting.” It requires working the 12 steps and reading A.A. literature.
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