We’re all addicted to something, and it is always hard to fight the urge to give into the temptations that lead us back to our addictions. Sobriety is a thing that must be protected once it is achieved. Getting sober is the easy part of recovery, but staying sober after going through drug rehabilitation is the everyday challenge that we have to fight for.
Protecting your sobriety can be done in many ways. To start, it is always better to not place yourself in situations where you are going to feel tempted to break your sobriety, but that is not always possible. You never know when the urge to use again will hit you, or if it will ever even leave you, which is what makes protecting your sobriety so hard to do.
It might sound silly to say, but you have to have an intimate understanding of yourself and what your relapse triggers are in order to help protect yourself from breaking your sobriety. Relapses can be caused by any number of things. Emotional and trying times, moments of physical distress, people or places or objects or smells that you might run into on an everyday basis could become triggers that cause you to want to relapse. It is crucial to know what your own personal relapse triggers are and then try to prepare yourself to face them and know that you are strong enough not to succumb to your personal demons. There are certain relapse triggers that you are not going to see coming and will not be able to prepare for, like a break up or the sudden death of a loved one, but being able to remain strong through moments like these will go a long way in protecting your sobriety.
The Right People in Recovery
When you were actively using whatever your drug of choice was, chances are the people that you were surrounded by in your life were also using and were in part helping to enable your addiction. After getting sober, you might be shunned by some people in your life who are still using. It might be tough to cut ties with certain people, but if those people are giving you the urge to break your sobriety, then it is in your best interest to not have those people around in your life. You have to surround yourself with the right people, the kind of people who are going to help and support you through your road to recovery and your fight to protect your sobriety. No body can do it alone, so having the right people around you while trying to remain sober is perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself and your fight to remain sober. Your support system and the people in it will be your best resistance to suppress the urge to give into your addiction and start using again. So make sure you have someone that you can always call, whether a friend, a family member, a sobriety sponsor who you met at an AA meeting, whoever it might be, just make sure you have someone there who is going to support you whenever you feel the urge to relapse.
Your Sobriety Environment
This ties back into knowing what your relapse triggers are and the people you surround yourself with. You have to make your living environment a safe and comfortable one for your sobriety. If you are living in a household where drugs or alcohol is frequently consumed then you are going to find your fight to protect your sobriety to be a tremendous uphill battle. When you are in a rehab center, it is easy to have a comfortable environment where you are not tempted to give into your addiction. After you get out of the rehab center, you have to hold yourself accountable and that can be a lot harder. The environment you surround yourself in every day will have a huge impact on your fight to protect your sobriety, so you have to think about what will be the best place for you to live while trying to remain sober.
Caring for Yourself
When you are fighting to protect your sobriety, you have to put yourself first, always. This might seem like a very selfish thing to do when you reflect on it, but it is absolutely paramount because no one can make your decisions for you. You are accountable for your own actions, and so taking care of yourself after leaving a drug rehabilitation program should be your number one concern. Start exercising like you have always wanted to. Getting in shape will help to give you confidence in yourself and that confidence will translate into helping you to stay sober. Start eating better. When you eat healthy, you feel healthy, and being in good health will, again, give you more confidence in yourself and your ability to stay sober. Do the things that make you happy. Try to remember what brought joy to your life before you ever started your addiction and return to those things. Try to celebrate the beauty of life and what makes it so precious and you will find that staying sober is easier than you thought. If you are always doing things that bring you down or damper your spirits, then relapsing and slipping back into your addiction will look like a bright light in a dark tunnel. You have to do things to make yourself happy and just maybe you wont find yourself having the urge to break your sobriety.
There are so many ways that someone can relapse, but there are just as many things that can help to keep you from relapsing, and finding what works best for you is going to be how you protect your sobriety after going through drug rehabilitation. If you ever find yourself about to break and need someone to talk to in order to protect your sobriety, don’t hesitate to call one of our counselors anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 888-380-0667