Everyone begins at the beginning. The road to freedom from addiction starts when you stop using drugs and alcohol. This is where the road to recovery begins. This is the first step. Everyone takes this first step. There are certain things that will help or hurt you as you travel down this road. Let’s take a look at some of them and see how you can help yourself stay sober.
Find A Support Group
The first thing you can do for yourself is to find some type of support group. NA and AA are two great options. They can help you deal with some of the issues that lead to your addiction and help you understand how they have affected you. NA, AA and other support groups are the cornerstone of recovery for countless addicts.
There is a reason AA is in just about every part of the world. It works. If you are in recovery, let the process work. Join a support group and let the people there help you in your recovery.
Try Different Recovery Strategies
Drug and alcohol recovery is a bumpy road and takes place in stages. Your brain and body need time to adjust to being without drugs and alcohol. If you are coming straight from detox or rehab, you might be wondering ‘what now’?
Many people go through detox more than once. If that is the case for you then you can look at what you did or did not do the last time and try something different. Did you try it alone last time? Join a group this time. Relapsing is common, so there is no need to beat yourself up. Try to understand what happened and let that knowledge guide you lift yourself up and try again.
Get Some Help
Counseling can also be a huge benefit to recovery. A counselor can help you identify a behavior pattern that is particularly destructive and change those patterns. One of the most important things to understand when in recovery are the triggers that lead you to drink or use drugs. Understanding these triggers can be an important part of recovery.
Many groups use HALT as an acronym for some of the common triggers: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Understanding is key to dealing successfully with your triggers. A counselor is a great asset for those in recovery.
Success Is Attainable
The most important thing to understand when starting on the road to freedom is that if it works, then its right. There is no formula. The options we mentioned to day are just a few of the ideas and strategies you can use to make a successful break from addiction. Know that success is attainable. And remember: your recovery starts now!