So i read on the app daily and ive noticed a lot of relapses lately… Or titles like back at it again. There is hope! Its very possible to get sober and stay sober! Now youre talking to someone thats has had many relapses in the past. But today, im almost 10 months sober. Now thats not a whole lot of time, but it is a start. I just wanted to tell you guys how i stay sober and i hope others comment how they do it.
Theres many ways to recover and not one way is the right way. But ill tell you whats working for me…
Not everyday is a good day, but i try to stay positive and do the next right thing, no matter whats going on… I try to respond rather than react to situations. I can be real quick to pop off at the mouth. I try to get out of self, my head, and help someone else.
Now with that being said, what kinds of things do i do all day long? Well i have a routine, its not the exact same everyday, but the just of it is… This routine has helped me not use or drink. I wake up, start some coffee, feed my animals, smoke ciggs, get on my phone, read a daily meditation whether it be Just For Today or a Daily Reflection, theres many out there. I get ready for work, pray to my higher power omw to work, and then start my shift. I work 8 hours, go to an AA meeting, go home, shower, watch tv, play on my phone, spend time with my soon to be wife, eat, go to sleep. And thats one day down without drugs or alcohol.
Weekends are a bit different because im off work. But i stay busy!!! Thats very important, in the beginning especially. I have formed some hobbies or healthy habits such as, AA meetings, writing, art, walking, going for a drive, going to a park, looking at beautiful scenery, photography, reading, helping someone else, if i lived near the beach you bet id be there! Im going to get a guitar and learn to play. I want to buy a good camera one day to get better quality pictures. Sometimes i play video games, go shopping, text people, call my sponsor or someone in my support group, i go bowling with friends, out to dinner also. Exercise. Theres absolutely tons of things to do. Now im in a pretty rural area, so there’s not much here. But you have to get creative. Being alone and in my head is the worst place to be. Im my own worst enemy at times!
I also get outside help, other than just staying busy or going to AA. I see a therapist twice a month. Im on medication for anxiety and depression. See a psych every 6 months, sooner if needed.
I hope this helps someone. I needed someone to tell me what to do because i didnt have a clue how to live day to day sober.
Summary - get a routine, stay busy, fill your time with healthy activities.
An idle mind is the devils playground.
Comment below how you stay sober day to day?