10 Helpful Tips on Getting Sober and Starting Your Recovery

Proper Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

When dealing with addiction recovery, people don’t just have to get sober, they need to stay sober, as well. Fortunately, with hard work, commitment and dedication achieving and maintaining your sobriety are possible. 

Are you ready to get sober and start your recovery? If so, use these 10 helpful tips provided by our addiction treatment center team for doing just that. 

1. Take Things One Day at a Time

The number one thing you will hear about in addiction recovery and staying sober is that you should take things one day at a time. This is the focus of A.A. and N.A. meetings and mantras. It is important for all recovering addicts and their loved ones to know that by taking things one day at a time, success in recovery seems much more possible. If you are in recovery, focus on each day as if it was the only one. This can help you to make it much further in your recovery and sobriety. 

2. Take Care of You 

You are responsible for your own well-being. It is important in recovery and when trying to stay sober that you take care of yourself. Your health, happiness, hygiene and overall lifestyle are on you. The more you take control over your life, the higher you can build your self-esteem, self-confidence and desire to stay sober. 

3. Proper Diet and Exercise

Just about with every health recommendation out there, you will see three words – diet and exercise. Why do you think that is? Because there are tremendous effects on one’s lifestyle and well-being when they not only eat right but exercise, too. 

Eating anti-inflammatory foods, for example, can help reduce inflammation in the body allowing you to have less pain. Less pain means less cravings for pain medications. In addition, eating healthy foods can help you to concentrate and focus more on your recovery, too. 

Exercising reduces feel-good chemicals in the body and brain that help people to boost their happiness and joy in life without harmful substances.

If you aren’t currently sticking to a healthy eating or exercise plan, when you reach out to our team for addiction treatment help, we can assist you in doing this. 

4. Find a Hobby

Another way that you can get and stay sober is to find a healthy hobby. Maybe, you used to go out to the bar with your friends. However, now that you are sober and in recovery, that isn’t a healthy activity to partake in. The good news is there are numerous hobbies and activities that you will likely enjoy if only you give them a chance. You can start by looking up a list of hobbies online or giving some of these a try:

  • Crocheting 
  • Archery
  • Knitting
  • Building 
  • Crafts
  • Songwriting
  • Gardening 

These are just a few of the many different hobbies that you might enjoy in your recovery. Here at Better Tomorrow, we help our clients to find activities and hobbies they are passionate about. That way, it can help them to prevent stay sober now and later in their recovery lifestyle. 

5. Receiving Aftercare Help

Another one of the most important tips for getting sober and starting a life of recovery is to receive aftercare help. What exactly does this mean? Well, your recovery doesn’t just end the moment you leave an addiction treatment program. In fact, there are many addiction recovery resources and other opportunities available to help you build on your recovering lifestyle. By receiving this type of help and guidance from our Better Tomorrow team, you will be more prepared and ready for life outside our addiction treatment center. 

6. Changing the Environment 

What does your environment usually look like? Is it full of clutter? What about the people who are in your house? Do they do drugs or drink alcohol? Are they angry or negative a lot of the time? It is important to assess these things as it might be necessary to change your environment if you want to get and stay in sobriety. 

7. One Slip Doesn’t Have to Be a Full Relapse 

While one of the ultimate goals of being in recovery from an addiction is staying clean and sober, sometimes people have one slip. This might be when a recovering drug addict takes one pain pill or a recovering alcoholic takes one sip of a beer or one shot of something harder. These are called slip-ups or slips. 

If you have a slip, that doesn’t mean you have to lose control. There are far too many people who are like – well, I already had one, so what does it matter now – then, they fall back into addictive patterns and habits. You don’t have to do this. Just because you had one, you can stop at that one. If you need help doing this, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Better Tomorrow team today.

8. Sticking to Your Plan

When you start in our Better Tomorrow addiction treatment program, you will work with highly trained and qualified recovery professionals. They will create you an individualized treatment plan to ensure you are getting all the help and support needed. Even when you finish the treatment program, they will give you as many resources as you need to be successful after you go home. 

One of the things that is often said during recovery is that you must stick to and work on your recovery plan. This is 100% true. In addition to working on your recovery/treatment plan, you must also stick to your aftercare plan, as well. 

9. Moderation is Not Okay

Some people believe that once they get their life back under control, they can drink or use drugs in moderation. The truth of the matter is that moderation isn’t an option for those who have an addiction. In fact, someone may be able to moderate the number of drugs they do or how much they drink for a bit, but ultimately they will fall back into their old addictive habits and patterns. It could even be worse this time around. 

10. Helping Others in Recovery

Once you get your life back on track in recovery and you feel comfortable handling your recovery without as much help from others, you may want to help someone else in their recovery. This is called paying it forward or even being a sponsor. The benefits that being a sponsor has on the other person and on yourself are tremendous, for example, it can:

  • Help you be more self-confident
  • Help the sponsee open up and be more truthful
  • Allow you both to better connect and communicate with others 
  • Encourage honesty, bonding, overcoming challenges, and healthy living

These are just some ways that helping out others in their recovery can help the both of you. 

Get Addiction Recovery Help Today

Do you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today to start getting the addiction recovery help you need. The help you can get includes these 10 tips for getting sober and starting your recovery and much more. 
Contact us today to start your sobriety right away.