3 Tips for Early Sobriety
What does sobriety mean to you? To us it is any intoxicants that make the mind leave its solemn state. Now before you lose your cool, obviously there are unique medical circumstances. What you do with your doctor and medical prescription is entirely between your doctor and you. What we are talking about are urges within your control for the sake of seeking pleasure and self-indulgence. Abstaining from picking up that first drink, smoke, or otherwise in early sobriety is a daily challenge that boils down to behavior modification. Here are some quick tips for helping you stick to the straight path as you adopt sobriety as a lifestyle, and we are not here to sugar coat it, so listen up!
Tip #1: Routine
When you stop intoxicating yourself your brain is about to freak out in more ways than one. Psychological withdrawals can be just as bad as physical ones; particularly when you have too much time on your hands. Your brain is expecting for you to preoccupy yourself with something during your prior regularly scheduled periods of self-destructive behavior. This is where the time comes to whip out your cell phone (or calendar if you are old-school) and make positive changes to your daily routine. You make the adjustments with accordance to who you are as a person. It’s time to do those things you couldn’t while you were loaded. Go for a walk, hang with a friend, learn something new, spend time with family, you get the idea, right? The key is you must be consistent; this is not just a one-time thing. Mix up the routine to keep the brain excited for tomorrow.
Tip #2: Priorities
What is your priority? Is it your recovery? This is the time to be honest with yourself. You need to give this process time, effort, and full commitment. Far too often will your priorities be challenged by the people closest to you. Yep, we are talking about that best friend from kindergarten, that significant other, or that ultra-close family member. This is the time where you will be faced with a choice and the decision you make will show exactly where your priority is. How important is it to create an environment that supports positive behavior? Very important. Tell that best friend about your journey and ask for support. Let your significant other know you are doing this for a better future with them. As for that ultra-close family member, it should be the easiest conversation of your life since they probably know your situation already and have been trying to help all along.
Tip #3: Stop Complaining
The biggest challenges in life come from starting or stopping something. Guess what? You are about to do both at the same time, and it’s not going to be easy. Sobriety as a lifestyle is like moving a huge ship one degree at a time. As you stare at yourself in the mirror in the morning with that tooth brush in hand, it’s time to reach deep within and channel all of your courage to get through the day. It’s time to take on your addiction with a warrior mentality. Remember the old saying, “If you want to go fast, go along. If you want to go far, go together.” Even warriors have moments of helplessness, so don’t be afraid to to reach out for help. When you reach out, don’t do it just to complain. Talk through the problem, and set a course for action. Even if the action is to meet up for some coffee with the person on the other end of the line. The best part about something being tough is the reward at the end tends to be massive.