Tips For Your First 30 Days in Sobriety
You’ve made up your mind to stop letting drugs or alcohol run your life. This is one of the bravest decisions of your life. It can also be one of the scariest. You know this isn’t going to be easy but you are hoping you are strong enough to make it through. You ARE. No, it won’t be easy, but with some tools to help you get through, you will realize your goal of recovery. What follows are some of the most often used tools that have withstood time to prove themselves as effective in helping you on your road to sobriety.
In the Beginning
The first thirty days is the hardest. During that period, you will face physical detox. While this may seem to be the most difficult, physical addiction isn’t what causes many to relapse. It is the psychological addiction that is the culprit. Your mind will send you all sorts of messages to sabotage your progress. As you start to feel healthier because your body is on the mend, your mind will try to tempt you, telling you just one more time won’t hurt because you are stronger now. It is a lie. You may feel the old self-doubt and other emotional feelings that tempted you to pick up drugs or alcohol, to begin with. In addition, the thought of facing life completely free of artificial means is downright scary.
You will feel other things during this initial period. You will feel hope and joy. You will start to feel free for the first time in a long time as you realize you and not your addiction is in charge. It is important that you try to hold tightly to these feelings, along with pride in your progress and confidence that your journey will be successful. Let’s look at some tools that can help you hold onto these positive thoughts.
Your body is going to start feeling stronger and you will experience more energy than you have in a long time. Now is the time to think about incorporating some type of physical activity into your daily routine. Physical activity will help positively direct your energy as it continues strengthening your body. It will also release endorphins that make you feel good emotionally. If working out at a gym is your thing, think about joining one. That isn’t necessary, however. Start going on a daily walk or make up an exercise program you can do at home. Think about any sports you might enjoy such as swimming, biking, or even dancing. It isn’t what you do that matters. What matters is that you get active at an activity that you enjoy. Bonus tip: If you can get out into nature during this time, it will help. Studies have shown that being in nature helps ease the mind, improve the mood, and heal the body.
Gather Your Tribe
You may not be used to reaching out for help in times of need, but now it is important to gather a support system around you. It doesn’t have to be a large one, but it has to be made of people you can count on to be there for you. Sometimes it is friends and family, but make sure they are totally on board with your recovery. Join a support group, enter an inpatient program. The point is to know you have people you can call when your mind tries to lie to you or you start feeling insecure. Find the people you can count on and let them know what you need from them. Then — don’t be scared to reach out for their support.
Relax and Focus
These first thirty days especially you will need to focus on one thing, your sobriety. Finding a way to relax your mind and body, such as meditation, tai chi, or even journaling is important. Being able to get out the negative thoughts, like you can with writing them down, allows you to leave room in your mind for the positive. Learning to focus on just the present moment will help you avoid the overwhelm that sober forever can appear to be. You learn to focus on this moment of success.
We Are Here
Lake Hughes Recovery is here to help men in the Palmdale, Lancaster, and Santa Clarita area realize their goal of following the road to sobriety. We will follow you not only those critical first thirty days but all the way through the process. Our aftercare program is here to support you after you leave our residential program. We know that sometimes even the strongest people need to know they have available support should they need it. Contact us today to start on the road to recovery.