It’s never easy to recover from any form of addiction, including alcoholism. Starting over after a challenge that can be daunting.
When you’ve become dependent on alcohol or other dangerous substances for a certain period, part of your struggle will be to find out where and how to begin getting your old life back. Addiction manifests in compulsive behavior that damages your relationship with family, friends, and other people who matter, including work colleagues.
Apart from aiming to get rid of alcohol from your system, you may want to start restoring relationships destroyed by addiction. If you want to start on the right path to sobriety, practice the following steps:
- Continue With Your Recovery Practices
The recovery process takes a while and doesn’t stop once you’re done with in-house therapies. After checking out of rehab for alcohol addiction, you have to continue attending counseling sessions and perform other activities that will help you on your journey toward healing. Don’t be complacent and risk falling into a relapse.
- Find A Support Group
Most people think that no one can help them unless the other person has been in their shoes. According to a study, having a support group who’ve been there, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), can help you recover more easily. Your shared experiences and struggles allow you to build a sense of belongingness with the members of the group and feel that you’re not alone. Apart from group sessions, AA provides a more focused approach by pairing you with a sponsor.
- Socialize With Loved Ones
The stigma of being addicted to alcohol and other substances has long-term effects, and it can be tempting to hide and avoid any type of social contact.
To help yourself maintain mental resiliency, don’t forget your support system. This refers to the people whom you relied on before and during your addiction. They’re the same group whom you can depend on to increase your success in getting sober. Apart from your family and close friends, continue communicating with your mentors or colleague.
- Look For Activities That Can Help You Get Rid Of Alcohol
Participate in activities that’ll help take your mind off alcohol consumption. One of the best ways to do this is by following a strict exercise regimen. Apart from providing various health benefits, exercising can help generate a positive mood by encouraging the body to produce happy hormones called endorphins.
Recovery activities can also be hobbies of any sort, from sewing and hiking to running and painting. Engaging in anything that makes one happy is one of the keys to recovering from addiction.
- Work On Repairing Your Relationships
When a person becomes addicted, they engage in risky and erratic behaviors that could put their relationships in jeopardy. Losing all inhibitions, a person engaged in alcohol and substance misuse may resort to manipulating, lying, and engaging in questionable practices. This creates trust issues that may take time to rebuild.
Excessive alcohol and substance use can impact your relations with work colleagues, too. If you’re going to resume employment in the same company after treatment, seek to mend the differences and tiffs you had in the workplace.
- Apply For Another Job
If you lost your job because of addiction, looking for a new one may be difficult once you’ve gotten out of rehab. Consider seeking legal advice regarding discrimination as provided for by the law. Specific laws protect impaired persons, including those recovering from substance and alcohol misuse, from discrimination. As long as the disorder does not cause impediments to an applicant’s competence and work performance, they should be equally considered for the position.
- Avoid All Forms Of Temptation And Access To Alcohol
This may be easier said than done. Refusing alcohol, especially when everybody else has access to it, requires the highest level of self-control and discipline. In fact, it’s said that one third of individuals in recovery fall into a relapse due to peer pressure.
Choose who you’re letting into your life. They should always have your best interests at heart. A real friend will not offer alcohol and other substances to someone who’s recovering from addiction.
At the same time, have a strong resolve to rid yourself of toxic people and bad influences. Refuse any form of temptation and stick to your decision to get better.
Alcohol addiction can be a dark chapter in one’s life, but you don’t have to let the stigma scar you forever. You can choose to move forward by starting with a clean slate. You can do this with enough determination and a strong support system.