Getting sober is anything but easy. You worked hard to get here and now you may be asking yourself, how will I stay here? Everyone has their own tools on how to stay sober but one thing that everyone will always emphasize is finding solid sober supports. Sober supports are imperative to your recovery journey, by surrounding yourself with people like you, you will realize you’re not alone in this. A lot of people believe in the 12 step program, some believe in attending church or taking a holistic approach. No matter what route you choose to find your higher power, having support will allow you to grow. Below are some good examples of where you can find sober supports and what to look for when choosing who you want to surround yourself with.
Join a Fellowship: AA/NA/CA
Finding a fellowship that practices a 12 step program will allow you to meet tons of people who have walked in your shoes. Hearing their stories and relating with them can spiritually heal you.
Find a Sponsor
A sponsor is your backbone to staying sober. The sober support they can offer you is tremendous. Your sponsor will take you through the steps, show you what the program is all about and help you find your way to happiness and serenity in long-term recovery. They will also welcome you into their sponsorship family which, in return, will fill you with so much love and gratitude.
Become a Sponsor
In my personal experience, I went through my 12 steps twice in the past 4 years. I did not fully have an “aha” moment until I took someone else through the steps. Helping others is so gratifying you will just want to keep on sponsoring and setting a good example for your sponsees. Getting involved in this type of service allows you to meet tons of people and build your sober supports on a larger scale while also giving back.
Surround Yourself with People with Time
A common saying in the rooms is to “stick with the winners.” A good group of people to confide in is people with a lot of time sober. They have more stability, experience and knowledge than someone with 90 days sober. Having a lot of sober supports with time under their belt always gives you a boost of self-confidence, inspiration, and assurance that you can stay sober no matter what trials or tribulations occur in your life.
Find a Therapist
When in rehab, you have a short amount of time with your therapist, you are just starting to feel comfortable and open up about your past and trauma. But after only a few sessions it is time to be discharged. A lot of addiction therapists will continue to work with you and help you. Supplying you with mental support that can be important for your recovery process.
Living with other sober supports can be ideal to a new addict. You are one foot into the real world, but still are being held accountable for your actions. Most halfway homes emphasize the importance of finding a job and beginning your new life.
Once you have chosen the path of recovery you will see there are endless paths to finding sober supports. Surround yourself with people you admire, that one day you want to get to their place of serenity and success. A solid sober support group can forever change your life, you want to steer clear of people who do not want to get sober and are only in meetings because they were forced to be. Surround yourself with individuals who have found their higher power and are ready to embark on the path of recovering.
In Need of Detox?
It can be intimidating to know that addiction and alcoholism are always right around the corner. Sometimes getting that little push and having medical guidance can be what it takes. Relapse and active addiction/alcoholism are only as preventable as much as we value the sobriety we hold in our hands. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 800-982-5530 or visit www.restoredetoxcenters.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.