Addiction is a complicated disease of the brain and causes self-destructive behavior, despite harmful consequences. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol. A person becomes physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol and experiences painful withdrawals when he or she stops using them. Adopting a healthy lifestyle in recovery makes it easier to stay sober.
Since the brain changes with addiction, it takes time for the brain to learn how to function without drugs or alcohol. Everything associated with a person’s drug or alcohol use must change, including anything or anyone who is related to his or her substance use. Friends associated with drug or alcohol use can unintentionally influence or trigger a relapse. New, sober relationships can develop by attending group meetings. If you feel the urge to use drugs or take a drink, you can call on a sober friend who can talk you through those feelings.
Focusing on healthy activities in recovery will help with your sobriety. Substance abuse and addiction affect mental and physical health. According to an article by Bob Gaydos on addiction recovery for Times-Herald Record, “Recovering physically is a critical hedge against relapse. It is a vital part of the recovery process and establishing new, healthy lifestyle habits can lay the groundwork for years of healthy sobriety.”
When a person is active, he or she will have less time to think about using drugs or alcohol. Staying active lessens the risk of boredom and promotes mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Another way to cope with lifestyle changes involves keeping a journal. It allows you to reflect on your progress and see how you managed emotions and challenges in early recovery. Developing new routines will replace old habits and helps you to avoid triggers. New, sober, sustainable friendships will make it easier to enjoy healthy interests and activities while living substance free.
Recovery is a lifelong process. If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Take the first step to a healthy, new sober lifestyle and start your journey to recovery today.
Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540