January 8, 2018 Felicia Durling

New Year, New You: Tips for Maintaining Sobriety This Year

The New Year is a time when many people set good intentions to overcome bad habits and set new goals. Are you working on resolutions for 2018? If you are on the pathway to addiction recovery, then it makes sense to set New Year’s goals that will support your progress.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain sobriety this year:

Tip #1: Design a Structured Schedule

Maintaining consistency in your daily schedule is essential to stay on the right track. If you aren’t focused on the daily habits that are important to maintain your physical and mental health, then you could find yourself over-stressed. These stress levels can sometimes be a culprit to drive people back to addiction again.

Create a schedule that works for your situation. Include the times that you wake up and go to bed, morning and evening hygiene routines, healthy eating habits, and regular appointments with a therapist or counselor.

Tip #2: Find Fun Activities to Share with Friends

What do you like to do with your free time? Staying busy with productive activities can be a good way to keep your mind away from the addiction triggers. Start a new hobby, join an exercise class, or look for volunteer opportunities in the community. These activities can offer a way to find more meaning and enjoyment in life.

Creating and maintaining healthy relationships with sober friends is essential so that you can be surrounded by people who will support your goals. Look for friends who are living a clean lifestyle, so that you can avoid the risk of negative influences which promote addictive behavior.

Tip #3: Create Accountability in Your Life

Accountability is a powerful way to hold on to the support that is needed during this time. Continuing with addiction recovery services can be an effective way to maintain sobriety. Some people find it helpful to attend group support meetings, while others prefer one-on-one counseling. Talk to a professional team to identify the support that will work best for you.

With the right goals, you can maintain sobriety and avoid the risk of slipping back into addictive behavior again. If you need support with these efforts, then we invited you to contact us at The Center for Life Change: (951) 775-4000

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