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Sobriety Strategies: 13 Tips for Staying Sober

Relationships between addicts and non-addicts tend to be shorter and less fulfilling than when neither partner is an addict. The loved ones of drug abusers can lose trust in the addict due to unpredictable behavior. Prolonged marijuana and alcohol use reduces the chances of graduation from both high school and college. Additionally, women who use drugs enter the workforce later than women who don’t. In general, drug use can lead to workplace theft and distraction from the job due to thinking about using or getting drugs. Marijuana users alone experience accidents at work at a 55% higher rate than non-users, as well as 85% more injuries and 75% more absences.

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Drugs and alcohol might have limited your options for fun and recreation. You might have only socialized in clubs, bars, or parties. Now, you can get into different experiences that will add fun, value, and friendships to your life. With a clear mind, you can focus on what will lead to long-term happiness. You can now focus on loved ones more than before. You can help others in their sobriety, which is proven to increase happiness.

Identify Your Personal Triggers

One of the biggest perks about sobriety is being able to think ahead, long-term. This is in stark contrast to alcohol and addiction in general which foster short-term rewards. So, use your sober brain to think about the long-term consequences to your short-term reward and recognize what it would do to your life.

Or you might rather spend time volunteering for a good cause, like an animal shelter or children’s hospital. Whatever it is, new activities can lead to new friends with interests like yours. This may mean that you don’t spend time with someone you used to use drugs with or go somewhere you used to drink. You might take a new way home from work, for example, to keep from going past your favorite old hangout.

Seek Professional or Peer Support

Being clean and sober today lets you show up for your children in a real way. You get to be present to help out with homework, attend their games and recitals or bond over old-fashioned ice cream on a hot summer day. Recovery lets you develop real relationships with children.

  • Holding on to your shame and guilt will lead you down a path of depression that is almost certainly going to lead you to a relapse.
  • If it seems like being sober is all about letting go, bear in mind this doesn’t mean you will be alone.

To stay sober during events like these, you must first be honest with yourself. According to a 2014 survey by Alcoholics Anonymous, 27% of members stay sober after one year, 24% for one to five years, and 13% between five and ten years. You can focus each day on doing something that will make you feel happy and fulfilled. Continue to grow and nurture important relationships.

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