If you are trying to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs over a long period of time, it is important to develop a drug-free lifestyle in all aspects of your life—at home, at work, and during your leisure hours.
Many people think that once they get sober, they will become boring and unable to have fun. However, being addicted to drugs or alcohol is not fun and interesting either especially for other people around. In fact, in your active addiction, you are likely more detached from others than ever before, less willing to talk about your emotions, more prone to having mood swings, and probably walking that fine line of using to prevent withdrawal symptoms from kicking in.
But, when sober, you do not have to worry about any of that. Instead, you can begin taking part in and enjoying the many reasons to be drug and alcohol-free.
You can support your drug treatment and protect yourself from relapse by having activities and interests that provide meaning to your life. It’s important to be involved in things that you enjoy, that make you feel needed, and add meaning to your life.
While you may feel like you could possibly not use drugs again, you are more than capable of getting sober. And when you do that, a whole new world of opportunity can open up for you that you never thought possible.
There are several reasons to stay drug-free.
• To live instead of to exist. When you live inside of your own head you constantly live in fear. Each day in your life is identical. It’s like a cycle that seems to never end. When you are drug-free, you can regain control and see the world from a new perspective. You should take small daily steps to reduce your anxieties, manage thoughts and avoid triggers. Sometimes professional help can be useful, but eventually, you will learn to cope on your own and live life the way you decide.
• To reconnect with yourself and others. Staying drug-free allows you to find yourself and to be connected with others on a new level. You will regain new positive energy and make your self-esteem higher. You will feel new emotions like never before and may even start to feel this way towards other people too. Recovery can give many fresh emotions, so try to be mindful. If you have a way of many feelings, it could be helpful to start a journal to let your thoughts out.
• To make people that love you smile again. When you are addicted, people that love you suffer. They try to help you but eventually they are giving up on you. By changing your behaviors and maintaining these changes through long-term recovery you can start working on improving relationships with your loved ones. They will be happy to see you drug-free and will be proud of you.
• To create the future you deserve. When you live your life trapped in isolation your future looks unsurprisingly bleak. When you are drug-free an entire world of new opportunities will open up. Get involved with your local services. Access help and support if you need it, volunteer or simply spend time at support groups if that would be beneficial to you in your recovery. Know that you deserve a better future. Work towards your goals one day at a time. You will make it.
• Because only you matter. Live the life you deserve. Make yourself proud. Believe in yourself, believe that you are worth it. If you don’t believe it, if you are full of self-doubt then let’s start with some positive daily affirmations.
At Hathaway Recovery, we can help you stop your active addiction and start a new life. You do not have to remain chained to your substance abuse. You can live a life that is happy, fulfilling, and engaging. The life you deserve it.
So, do not wait. Call us right now. Our addiction treatment program can help you get your life back.
Hathaway Recovery Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center
Treatment Center, MD, LCSW, LMFT, ASAM
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (909) 971-3333
Fax (909) 498-9898
1042 East Belmont Abbey Lane, Claremont, CA 91711