You have probably heard the old slogan of Just Say No to Drugs at some point. If you take that philosophy and use it along the lines for yourself once you get out of treatment, you may find yourself in a situation of where you will have to learn how to Just Say No in Recovery. Once you have conceded to not drink or use anymore, it is imperative that you make some necessary changes so that you can stay sober for the long haul.
Carrying on resentments
The people that you may have hurt the most in your recovery are your friends and family. Understandably so, they may be upset with the things that you did while you were under the influence. That, however, does not mean that they need to be retaliatory to you in your recovery. If the people that are closest to you cannot be supportive to you, take a break from one another. Both sides should have time to heal to stop harboring resentments that may be tearing you apart.
Hanging with shady peeps
If you continue to mingle with people that are still abusing drugs and alcohol, most likely you will follow suit. By being around drugs and alcohol when you are trying to stay sober, you may be setting a trap for yourself to become vulnerable when you least expect it. Setting the boundary with your sobriety may seem difficult even though you will probably wonder what took you so long to realize that shady peeps usually yield shady results.
Thinking that sober equals boring
Sobriety does not have to be boring in the least! Most people that have an addiction are used to a chaotic lifestyle that is like a rollercoaster which they appear to like because it accentuates how they feel in their addiction. The best thing you can do is get off that addiction rollercoaster because too many rides will eventually make you sick. Having some subdity in your life may seem odd at first, but once you get the hang of it, boring will never look so good. You can have fun being sober, remember what you did, without having to make a fool of yourself in the process.
The amazing thing about recovery is that you will get the chance to embark on a new way of viewing life. All this means is figuring out the things you should just say no to so that you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams in sobriety.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a partial-care outpatient program that helps someone who is struggling with drugs and alcohol to become and stay sober. Recovery is a lifelong process that does not end when treatment is over. We offer our THRIVE alumni program so that our clients can continue to take their sobriety one day at a time while having the continuing support that they need from us. Call our 24-hour hotline: 1-305-783-8896