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Approximately 14.5 million Americans have an Alchohol Use Disorder (AUD).
AUD is defined by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. The good news is that there are many addiction treatment options available.
Alcholol is not the only drug that has to take a toll. Approximately 50,000 Americans die annually from opioid-involved overdoses.
If you or someone in your family is seeking long-term recovery from alcohol or drugs, then read on. Below are four sobriety tips you can’t live without.
1. Start Moving and Eating Better
Exercise produces positive endorphins. With time, these endorphins help replace the ones that your brain craved while using alcohol or drugs. Be careful not to substitute one drug for another — for more on this check out tip number three.
The chemicals in food don’t do an addict any favors, either. A better diet should include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. As you move more and eat better, staying clean becomes easier.
2. Identify Triggers
As you have learned from treatment, addiction triggers can be your downfall. You must first identify them. Then avoid triggers if possible.
For those triggers you can’t avoid, such as stress, relationship issues, or job problems, you must create a plan to deal with them.
Relapse starts in your emotions and mind way before you take a drink or drug.
How do you know if you are headed towards relapse? Ask yourself these questions.
- What is your thinking pattern?
- Are you returning to self-sabotaging patterns?
- Are you hanging out where there is a lot of alcohol and/or drugs are present?
3. Find Balance
While you need to find new activities that do not include alcohol or drugs, you shouldn’t substitute a new addiction for an old one. All compulsions can lead back to addiction if they are not monitored.
The goal in recovery, especially early recovery, is to find balance. You can’t control everything in your life. You need to trust your higher power and let go of as many of your compulsive behaviors as you can.
4. Find a Sober Living Community
Find or create a sober living community. Your drinking or drugging buddies may not completely understand the new life you are making.
If you are not surrounded by people who are looking to support you, find new friends. Avoid spending time with those that do not respect efforts to maintain sobriety.
These tips focus on sober living and benefit anyone that is recovering from addiction. If you or a family member is addicted to opiates, you will want to check out for specialized support.
Sober Living: Long-Term Recovery Is Possible
If you’re seeking a sober life, exercise and improve your diet. It also helps to seek balance in all your activities and don’t forget to include finding a sober living community for support. Long-term recovery is possible, no doubt.
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