Being sober doesn’t simply mean that you are not drinking at the moment or that you have not used drugs for a certain amount of time. Being sober means that you have a solid understanding of addiction and the impact it has had on your life and that you have the skills needed to live a life free from addiction.
How to Physically Begin a Sober Life
The first step in drug or alcohol addiction recovery is receiving medically supervised detox services. These services transition your body from a state of dependence and physical addiction to one of physical readiness for further positive changes. Detox helps you get started with the addiction recovery process, but it is not the only treatment needed to achieve long-term sobriety. While the body may be getting stronger, the mind still needs help and healing.
How to Psychologically Begin a Sober Life
After completing detox your mind needs support from trained professionals. Professional addiction recovery will help you understand your addiction and learn how to manage the triggers and cravings that can often lead to a relapse. Individual counseling helps you identify the underlying causes that may have led to your addiction. By exploring these issues you can learn a great deal about yourself, make a commitment to health and learn what obstacles may complicate your attempts at living a sober life. You will learn the skills needed to overcome future troubles and keep yourself on course for a productive life.
How to Socially Begin a Sober Life
Group counseling, support groups, and a network of supportive loved ones will help you maintain a successful life that is free from drugs or alcohol. When people share their personal experiences of addiction and recovery with others, it benefits everyone involved. Remaining open and honest about your struggles will help you strengthen your sobriety and move forward with a positive attitude.