1. Play to Your Strengths
One way to stay sober after completing an addiction treatment program is to play to your strengths, or use the natural abilities and skills you’ve learned during addiction treatment. After substance abuse, sober living requires using your strengths to make healthy choices to achieve your addiction recovery goals. However, you must first identify your strengths.
If you got up each day, went to work or school or handled other responsibilities during active addiction, you have determination. There may have been times you pushed through a situation when you felt like quitting. That determination is a strength that can help you work toward successful recovery. Determination involves recognizing that with continuous effort and focus on a goal, you can achieve it. Use that persistence to move forward in your addiction recovery.
Self-awareness is another strength you probably developed during your journey toward recovery. A self-aware person understands how their behavior impacts them and those around them. When you’re self-aware, you’re mindful of your actions, desires and feelings.
When you’re self-aware, you recognize that alcohol abuse is a problem, and you know what triggers you to drink. For example, if you enjoyed going to parties and drinking with friends in the past, you understand that a party with alcohol will tempt you to drink again. Self-awareness is a strength that can help you avoid those situations.
2. Find New Ways To Have Fun
If drinking has been your idea of having fun, recovery is the time to discover healthy daily lifestyle habits. You don’t have to battle with boredom. Finding a new hobby is one way to do something constructive and enjoyable. Visit your local library or community college if you don’t know what’s available in your community.
Leisure and Recreational Activities
You might be surprised at what activities your local community offers. You may find a cooking class or healthy eating class to help you create a healthy diet and develop a healthy lifestyle and other healthy habits.
Learn to draw, paint or grow a small garden, or try your hand at woodworking. Participating in an exercise program is a healthy habit that can strengthen your body after years of drug addiction. One benefit of taking a class for fun is meeting new people with similar interests and developing new friendships.
Do you wish you could travel? Plan a getaway with sober friends and enjoy some new scenery. If you live near the mountains or a beach, a day trip can help you enjoy sober living and give you a new perspective. Go hiking, have a picnic, soak up some sunshine and appreciate the natural beauty around you.
Located in the Outer Banks, there is plenty to do by our recovery center. If you are in Charlotte for instance, The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a great place to spend time and learn about history of a great sport. Or, if you are in the sprawling beach communities of Kitty Hawk, Virginia Beach or along the coast in the Caraliona’s, there are plenty of amenities offered.
Look for a place to volunteer. Almost every town has volunteer opportunities. Charities that serve children, homeless shelters and animal rescue groups need a helping hand. People who volunteer often feel happier because helping others is a fulfilling way of giving back.