How to Get Sobriety Help

 

A pair of hands reaching out for each other in front of a sunset.
Reach out and trust there's sobriety help there for you.

You've taken the steps you need to get sobriety help. Your friends and family are there to support you. Maybe you even have a recovery plan to help you stay sober. However, there's still more you can do for yourself regarding sobriety help. 

Avoid Risky Situations

This type of sobriety help could be as small (but definitely not easy) as choosing to avoid those whom you use to hang around with while abusing the substance of your choice. You can also try changing other things up a bit. For instance, try taking a different way home from work instead of passing by the bar you once hung out at.

Create a Support Network

Although relationships will change and they won't be the same as they were in the past, your friends and family are there for you. Make sure you lean on them for support. If your addiction damaged the relationship too much, you may want to seek counseling or engage in family therapy. Doing so will help you rebuild relationships and work on any other personal issues you may have.

It's also important to have some sober friends whom you can count on for sobriety help when attending social events where alcohol may be served. Remember, your sponsor is also available when you're feeling anxious or uncomfortable.

Find a Peer Support Group

There are many substance abuse recovery groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and others that aren't spiritually aligned. These groups are a great place where you can build a support network. Don't be afraid to try various meetings until you find one that works for you.

There are also a variety of smartphone apps that you can use to connect with other people in recovery. You'll discover that many of these people also need sobriety help like you do. Sometimes these apps also offer immediate help such as online meetings or rides to a local meeting.

Manage Your Urges

Fortunately, most of your urges only last about a half hour. Unfortunately, this can be a very challenging half hour during which the best sobriety help you can have lies in finding something to distract yourself with. For instance, chew a piece of gum or focus on a personal mantra (e.g., "This too shall pass"). One of the best types of sobriety help for preventing these urges before they occur is to keep busy. You can also try journaling about things you enjoy and what you're grateful for so you have a list of things to turn to when you do have an urge to use.

Find a Meaningful Activity

There are lots of great ways to spend your time. You may want to start by incorporating exercise into your lifestyle. Doing so is great for you because it results in the release of endorphins (the "feel good" chemicals in your brain). Another option is to look for volunteer opportunities. Regardless of how you spend your free time, you'll benefit in many great ways (e.g., new friends, less time to focus on your urges, new skills). 

Invest in Yourself

The biggest, most important thing you can do for yourself is invest in self-care. There are lots of great ways of doing this. I've even created some worksheets to help you in this area. You can check them out for yourself and see how they speak to your needs. 

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