Sobriety is not for every person. It is for the person who is ready to take it head on and begin a new journey in their recovery. It takes a lot for a person to admit the need for help but sobriety can last a lifetime, with the right tools in place. Life is full of bumps, ups, and downs. It depends how you handle them what you will be able to do with what comes your way. Try these tips for a longer lasting sobriety.
Find Your People
When you want to get better at something, you surround yourself with people who are better than you at what you are doing. It is how competitive athletes gain their edge back. They start by sticking around those who know what they’re doing and can help them get on the right foot. If you want to get stronger, find the people who are as strong, if not stronger, than you are to mentor you through the journey. Then surround yourself with friends to support you as you walk.
Recovery is a journey with a beginning, but no ending. It is a lifetime journey. Whether you just entered recovery or you have been going 40 years, the path calls you to renew the journey each day. It forces you to confront your demons head on and look at what’s ahead without worrying what’s behind. Promise yourself that you will become the best person you can, and ask others to help you keep that promise to yourself (and others).
Don’t Stop Working
The journey is never going to get easier. It will get harder, then easier, then harder again. The key is to stay sober long enough to enjoy it. This is what life is like on the other side of addiction. You are alive, so you feel. You feel everything coming at you and you feel it with intensity and fervor you may wish you didn’t. However, you also get to experience it for what it is: life’s great pleasures and joys along with life’s great pain. But if you don’t stop working your program, you will stay sober and enjoy it. If you are not sober, you can forget experiencing it and you will just end up feeling like you need to start over again. If you relapse, that is okay. That may happen and it happens a lot. However, to stay sober, you need to have your eye on the prize and not stop working the steps, the journey, the process you are using.
It is also important to offer forgiveness to yourself and others. Everyday is a chance to forgive. If you forgive, you can keep moving forward with hope and expectation for things to get better, one step at a time. Recovery is one day at a time, so keep focused on renewing your direction in life, with hope, less fear, and a heart open to feeling like the best is yet to come.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.