Ways to Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety
There are many ways to stay motivated in long-term sobriety. Everyone’s journey will look a little different, but we all have the same goal: to stay sober and maintain serenity.
- Stay spiritually fit. A lot of times people expand their recovery experience to include meditation groups or prayer circles. Once we have gotten a taste of serenity, we want to experience it in other forms, and exploring spiritual practices is a great way to continue growing.
- Work with others. Many times you can go to treatment facilities, jails, or other institutions and offer your experience, strength, and hope. Doing this helps you remember just how far you have come and that you can very easily go backwards if you don’t stay plugged in.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Staying around motivated individuals will help you stay motivated in long-term sobriety. If your core group of friends are constantly striving to improve, you are on the right track to staying motivated yourself.
- Continue going to meetings, even if you don’t feel like it. Many times people start to slack off on their AA attendance because they feel like they have kicked the habit. This can have terrible consequences, so it’s just safer to stay plugged into a group that you feel comfortable with.
- Keep challenging yourself. Many people go back to school or get a certification they have always wanted. In active addiction, we often neglected to finish things we had every intention of completing.
With our newfound freedom, the sky is the limit. In sobriety, we can begin to achieve the things we never dreamed could be possible.
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