A Sober Version of Yourself
When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is impossible to be the best version of yourself. It hinders your ability to do the best that you can at your job and also takes away from being the parents that your children need you to be. This is because addiction is an all-encompassing disease that controls all aspects of your life.
When you seek treatment for your addiction and have reached the point of sustained sobriety, you may be overwhelmed. All of your former habits such as drinking, doing drugs, and the general lifestyle that you had are all gone. Creating a new life path, one that is substance-free comes with its unique set of challenges and you will have to shape this new path with the tools learned throughout treatment.
The New You
Being sober does not change the core of who you are and you are not a new person, you are simply a sober version of yourself. While your lifestyle and habits undoubtedly change, your personality remains the same but you will have an enhanced and more positive outlook on life. Sobriety means taking out the main agent that controlled every aspect of your life for a while. With that being said, of course, the adjustment into sober life will be challenging but it does not mean that it is impossible.
There will be certain lifestyle change that come with sobriety. A noticeable change that is apparent when an individual becomes sober is that they are back to the self that they were before addiction took hold on them. They are better able to connect with family and friends, many of whom lost touch with the individual as a result of their addiction.
Positive Changes Ahead
Since addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, it always has the potential to make its way back into the individual’s life if they don’t ‘manage’ their disease. Managing the disease of addiciton takes work and it will not sustain itself simply because you decided to complete a treatment program. It takes dedication to your sobriety in order for it to remain.
Some strategies that can help individuals remain sober are:
- Seeking help from support groups such as AA and NA meetings
- Take up a new hobby
- Join an alumni group
- Become an advocate for recovery by volunteering to speak with youth about the dangers of addiction
- Become a member of a gym
- Commit to self-care
- Avoid triggers and stressors
As you go through treatment and recovery, you are growing as a person. You are changing your life for the better and making decisions that will benefit your future as opposed to hindering them. Knowing how to handle the pressures that come with sobriety is not easy and it will take commitment to sobriety in order to sustain this new life path.
Transitioning to sobriety is not easy, but it can be done with the proper support and help. Never be afraid to ask for help from support groups and therapists as these networks are available to help you through this trying time. Long-lasting recovery is attainable with the right dedication and commitment to this new life that you are about to embark on.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.