7 Ways to Stay Motivated in Early Sobriety
There are many ways to stay motivated in early sobriety.
As people who were in the grip of addiction, we are used to the chaotic lifestyle that accompanied it. When we get sober, the lifestyle changes required can be a shock to the system at first.
Here are 7 ways to stay motivated in early sobriety:
- Surround yourself with positive people who have your best interest at heart. Staying motivated means changing your people, places, and things when you get sober. Choose to spend time with people who support your recovery, in places that do not trigger you to use. Find activities you enjoy to replace the time you spent using.
- Continue to go to meetings where you feel comfortable. Sometimes it takes one or more tries to find a group that makes you feel comfortable. At the same time, remember that discomfort is part of early sobriety. Give uncomfortable situations a chance. If you jump from meeting to meeting, chances are the discomfort is coming from an internal source and not from the people at the meetings.
- Make yourself useful at the meetings, which includes greeting, making coffee, and cleaning up. Even if you only have 5 days sober, you still have more than the person who only has one day.
- Work the steps of the program, and you will see progress before you are halfway through.
- Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Go for walks, eat right, and pamper yourself. Foster your spirituality.
- Remember that anything worth having is going to take work. Sobriety takes work, but it beats the chaos of addiction any day.
- Have fun! Go out to sober functions with your sober friends or group members. It is also helpful to get involved with sober living communities and to stay in contact with your treatment facility.
Always remember just how far you have come. Looking back on where you were compared to where you are now is an excellent way to stay motivated in early sobriety.
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