Quitting an addiction to alcohol can be difficult. Being able to recognize you have a problem and get help for it is tough to do and something you should be proud of. Managing to make it through alcohol abuse treatment is a great accomplishment.
Of course, you shouldn’t belittle your success, but staying sober beyond treatment is just as hard. This is because eventually, you have to go back to real life away from the safety of rehab. Once you do that there are struggles and problems and stress to deal with.
Most likely you used to deal with these issues by drinking alcohol. Now you don’t have that option. This is why groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are helpful to bring you support when you need it. But relapses are still possible.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that continues throughout your life, and that means recovery is a lifelong process. You will always be an addict and be at risk for addiction, so it is important to remember that. Because of this relapse is definitely a possibility for many.
Relapse is when someone who is trying to be sober drinks alcohol and breaks that sobriety. It can be caused by many things including stress at work or home. You might find yourself in a situation and think you’ll be okay having one drink, but you won’t be.
Avoid Triggering Situations
Alcohol and drug use are a part of many types of culture these days. Think about places where people drink like bars, clubs, or even friends that like to drink or use drugs. Those would be triggering situations for you to go if you’re trying to remain sober.
It can seem like it is no big deal and you may even want to prove how strong you are by going. That is never a good idea. This is because they can be the sort of place that tempts you into drinking again. Don’t do this when you first start your recovery journey.
Get Rid Of Toxic Friends
This sucks, but sometimes there are just friends that you don’t need. If you want to stay sober, then this means getting rid of those who aren’t or will not support you. Being sober takes a lot of hard work, and you need to be willing to give up old friends and routines that could put your sobriety at risk.
Develop A Positive Support Network
Along with getting rid of toxic friends, you should be trying to build up the support you need with friends and family and maybe local groups. Those will support have a much higher rate of success than those who do not.
Stay In Therapy
Life can be really hard to deal with sober since you don’t have alcohol to cushion it. This is why therapy is essential. Your therapist can help you learn new positive ways to manage stress and cope with life. That way you don’t fall back into old bad habits if things get tough.