3 Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

3 Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

Sobriety partners are those who understand your journey and know what it takes to live life without alcohol

by Melissa Riddle Chalos

Getting and staying sober from alcohol or drugs like oxycodone requires a lifetime commitment to a one-day-at-a-time journey. Realizing you have a problem is the first and most important step in the process. The Mayo Clinic lists the following as symptoms of alcohol use disorder:[i]

  • Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Wanting to cut down on how much you drink or making unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from alcohol use
  • Feeling a strong craving or urge to drink alcohol
  • Failing to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home due to repeated alcohol use
  • Continuing to drink alcohol even though you know it’s causing physical, social or interpersonal problems
  • Giving up or reducing social and work activities and hobbies
  • Using alcohol in situations where it’s not safe, such as when driving or swimming
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol so you need more to feel its effect or you have a reduced effect from the same amount
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms — such as nausea, sweating and shaking — when you don’t drink, or drinking to avoid these symptoms

If you or a loved one has even one of these symptoms, it’s time to get help.

Finding the right rehab program is the best place to begin your recovery journey. During recovery you will learn to understand your addiction and how you arrived at this point in your life. You will also learn coping strategies to help you deal with alcohol cravings and how to identify and avoid relapse triggers. Through individual and group therapy sessions you will learn how to communicate about your addiction in healthy ways. Once rehab is over, joining a support group is the best way to stay on track with your recovery. Support groups provide an important social outlet as well as a safe place to share your feelings and emotions, successes and failures as you learn to live a sober lifestyle. All of these tools and experiences work together to keep you on the road to recovery. But making your sobriety a priority in your life is the glue that holds everything together. The following three tips can help you do just that:

  1. Find a Sobriety Partner

A sobriety partner is a person that is committed to you and your recovery journey 24 hours a day.  Sobriety partners are those who understand your journey and know what it takes to support someone who is learning to live life without alcohol. Support groups and AA meetings are good places to get connected with sobriety partners who are willing to attend functions with you where alcohol may be present, spend time with you during difficult periods, like the holidays, and take calls from you when you are struggling. Finding a sobriety partner and working with that individual during times of crisis or simply when you need someone to talk to shows you are making your sobriety a priority in your life.

  1. Build a Sober Lifestyle

Once you’ve been through rehab and are headed back home, creating a sober environment where you live is an important part of making sobriety a priority. Work with your family members before you arrive to make sure all alcohol is removed from the home. Once you are home, be honest with your family members about alcohol you may have hidden in places they would not suspect so that it can be removed as well. Make sure your extended family members know about and support your sobriety by keeping alcohol out of sight when you are around them. Attend support group meetings daily and post a schedule in a prominent place so you and your loved ones see it on a regular basis. Keep regular appointments with your therapist and have his or her number on hand at all times so that you can call when necessary.

Build a network of friends that support your recovery and stay away from those who are associated with your alcohol addiction. Healthy relationships will foster your sober lifestyle, and toxic ones will try and throw you off track. Keeping your sobriety a priority may mean making some tough choices when it comes to friendships, but these choices are necessary to stay on the road to recovery.

  1. Take Things One Step at a Time

Realizing that your recovery journey will not always be easy is an important part of making sobriety a priority. There will be both good days and bad days. But bad days filled with intense struggles do not mean you have failed at your commitment to stay sober. Taking each day as its own journey, not making any big changes in your life—such as job or relationship changes, attending support group meetings regularly and staying in contact with your sobriety partner and therapist are all a part of this process. These steps signal to those around you that sobriety is your number one priority and keep your mind focused on the task at hand—staying sober!

Finding Help for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Making sobriety your top priority is a crucial part of the addiction recovery process. Knowing that you have loved ones and support group members around you that understand your commitment can be a powerful force for change in your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction to alcohol or drugs like oxycodone, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.


 

[i] The Mayo Clinic. “Alcohol Use Disorder: Symptoms.” Accessed January 4, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20020866