Life Is Waiting
Once drugs and alcohol are gone from our lives, the hard part is over and it’s nothing but smooth sailing from here on out, right? To quote the great John Bender, “Not even close, bud.” While overcoming an addiction is one of the hardest things most of us will ever do in our lives, the truth is that life is waiting for us once we’ve quit the substances. Compared to what we’ve been through, a lot of it is going to be good. A lot of it is going to be mundane, day-to-day-type stuff. And I’m sorry to say, there will also be plenty of tough times. However, while we once would have used those difficult periods as an excuse to run back to our old habits, today we walk a higher path. Here are some tips for making it through those tough times with your sobriety intact.
Stay the Course
Think back to the things you were doing in early recovery. Were you meditating? Did you have an exercise routine? Were you volunteering in the community or helping other addicts and alcoholics? Now ask yourself, “How many of these things am I still doing?” When we start getting our lives back, it’s really easy to forget the things that got us here. That’s a big mistake. If those things were effective in getting us through those tough times in early sobriety, they’ll certainly be just as effective now with whatever new problem we’re handling.
Reach Out and Help Someone
It’s probably a good idea to think about reaching out to that sober support network right about now. These tough times are, after all, exactly what they’re there for. Some of them might have experience with whatever you’re currently struggling with. Or they may not. Either way, just talking to them about itis going to make your problem seem much more manageable. It’s a reminder that we don’t have to handle everything alone. And if you’re lucky, one of them may have a problem you can assist with. Helping other people is an excellent way to gain some perspective on your own problems, all while making the world a better place.
Check the Attitude
Speaking of perspective, how about taking a quick self-diagnosis regarding your relationship with the world? Does it seem like every possible thing that could go wrong is going wrong? If the answer is yes, that’s because you’re probably on the lookout for the negative. When I feel like that, I like to take a second to remember how I felt the day I got out of detox. Those lingering feelings of terror, the deep depression, all those bridges burned. And then I think about how lucky I am to even be alive after what I put myself through and how far I’ve come since those days. It might not go so far as to solve your problems for you but having an attitude of gratitude can certainly make tough times feel a lot easier.
Life is difficult sometimes. There’s no way around that. But today we meet life on life’s terms rather than crawling back into a bag or a bottle. We see tough times as a challenge and an opportunity to learn rather than an obstacle. If you or someone you love is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please consider contacting Ocean Recovery. Our admission specialists are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to help you start building your foundation for success.