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Maintaining Sobriety

Updated: Feb 6

Maintaining sobriety is a lifelong commitment that requires dedication and effort. The following tips can help you maintain sobriety and navigate the challenges that may arise along the way. 

  • Build a strong support network: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who understand your journey and can provide encouragement. This can include friends, family, support groups or a sponsor. 

  • Attend meetings or therapy: Regularly attending support group meetings or therapy sessions can provide you with accountability, guidance and a safe space to share your struggles and victories. 

  • Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is crucial in maintaining sobriety. This includes getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising regularly and finding healthy ways to manage stress. 

  • Identify and avoid triggers: Recognize situations, people or places that may trigger cravings or temptations. Develop strategies to cope with these triggers, such as avoiding certain environments or having an exit plan in place for uncomfortable situations. 

  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms: Find alternative ways to deal with stress, anxiety or boredom that do not involve substances. This can include practicing mindfulness, engaging in hobbies or seeking support from loved ones. 

  • Set goals and celebrate milestones: Setting goals–both big and small–can provide you with a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Celebrating milestones along your recovery journey can boost your motivation and reinforce your commitment to sobriety. 

  • Increase accountability: Keep track of your progress and maintain accountability by regularly reflecting on your sobriety journey. This can be done through journaling, seeking feedback from trusted individuals or participating in accountability programs. 

  • Increase education: Continuously educate yourself about addiction, recovery and the tools available to support your sobriety. This knowledge can empower you and help you stay informed about new approaches and strategies. Dr. Tiffany Bell and the Better Me Psychiatry team offer a wide array of services to holistically address substance use disorder. Call or text 614-379-3430 for more information.

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