How To Get Sober In 2018: 10 Approaches To Recovery
How To Get Sober In 2018: For many, entering a new year presents an opportunity to set goals and make positive changes. Some resolutions will come and go as objectives are achieved (or abandoned) but committing to sobriety is a decision that must be sustained throughout this year and the next. It’s more than a resolution, per se – it’s becoming dedicated to a new, healthier way of life.
There are many approaches to attaining and maintaining sobriety but rarely does a one-size-fits-all program or support group work. The most effective way to enter long-term recovery is to combat addiction from all angles, such as therapy, counseling, support groups, and holistic practices.
The following include five means to foster recovery – keep in mind that engaging in multiple practices will increase the likelihood of achieving and maintaining sobriety.
Seek help from professionals. Opting to receive treatment in an evidence-based addiction recovery program is for many, the first step toward sobriety. Evidence-based practices are approaches to addiction treatment which have passed efficacy tests in a clinical setting multiple times.
Evidence-based treatment facilities typically host a wide-range of health professionals and addiction specialists, including therapists and counselors. Integration of 12-step programs and the use of holistic practices such as music therapy and medication are also commonly incorporated into treatment. These services are usually offered as either a long-term inpatient (residential) or outpatient format.
Start going to support group meetings. If you have to wait to enter treatment due to a lack of availability or financial/insurance constraints, you don’t have to put off starting down the road to recovery. Alcohol Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous usually hold several meetings every day in most urban areas.
If you don’t care for the 12-step program format, there are alternatives such as SMART Recovery. Finding live meetings for this group may be a bit more challenging. however, If you can’t find one conveniently located, you can participate with others online.
SMART Recovery uses a four-point abstinence-based program that seeks to help followers feel empowered and encourages them to undergo evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. There are many more options to choose from, such as Rational Recovery, HAMS, and LifeRing.
Get a sponsor to promote accountability. Checking in with a sponsor daily is, for some, critical to avoid relapse. Also, sponsors will frequently introduce people new to recovery to others, which ultimately expands into a community of support.
Use a buddy system. Similar to a sponsor, the buddy system fosters accountability and helps each person to feel less alone in their struggles. Start a new exercise program or hobby with a buddy such as taking an art or cooking class. Even having someone on hand to go walking, running, or to the gym can be beneficial.
Try something new that will be healthy and keep your mind off of your addiction. It can be golfing, knitting, rock climbing – anything, really. Your goal should be to put your effort into something enjoyable and productive that you now have at your disposal since you aren’t focusing on drug or alcohol.
Set goals for health and wellness. Define both short-term and long-term goals that are realistic and can be achieved in increments throughout the year. These goals may include establishing a healthier diet, going to the gym a minimum number of days every week or engaging in daily meditation. It’s your choice.
Use a recovery app such as Sober Time. This application helps you track how many days you’ve been sober, and assists with quitting addictions such as drugs, alcohol, and cigarette smoking. The app allows you to track multiple addictions, money saved, goals and milestones, and sends daily motivational messages. You can also share your recovery statistics with the community and interact with others.
Consider neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a technology that permits people to see their brain waves on a computer screen in real-time and learn to change specific brain rhythms during continuous feedback. It’s traditionally been used for sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but recently it’s been added as a service in many addiction treatment centers.
Try NAD. NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme that plays an important role in the body’s energy production. When injected in high doses, it may reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with the detox process.
Get spiritual. It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are – there are churches and other places of gathering out there for everyone. Some are completely secular. You don’t have to be orthodox-anything to gain social benefits from becoming involved. For some, engaging in spirituality may simply be a matter of practicing regularly at home, using techniques such as yoga and meditation.
Give back to the community. Volunteer work can help keep people in recovery busy and their minds off of their addiction. For example, you may choose to help others get sober when you have achieved your goals, or simply work at a homeless shelter or other charitable organization.
In short, dedication to achieving and maintaining sobriety usually takes more than one tool or approach, and If something isn’t helping, then try something else – and keep trying until you have found the right combination to ensure your recovery is successful and satisfying.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology, Author of How To Get Sober In 2018
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