Learning to live without being dependent on alcohol is difficult for any recovering alcoholic. Alcohol has been such a prominent part of your life that living without it for the first time might bring you outside of your comfort zone. Still, it is possible to learn to live without alcohol. If you’re recovering from alcoholism, these are a few of the things that you’ll learn on your journey to lifelong sobriety.
Abstinence Is Vital for the Recovering Alcoholic
Now that the alcohol has been detoxed from your system, it’s time for the hard part: abstinence. If you fail to abstain during your recovery from alcoholism, you will most likely suffer major consequences and find yourself back at square one after relapsing. Remember, there is no such thing as a “minor slip-up” in recovery.
Relapsing is Always Possible for the Recovering Alcoholic
Unfortunately, relapse can rear its ugly head at any time during recovery. You could be two months or two years into your recovery. Either way, you could relapse at any time. In order to truly avoid any risks of relapsing, you have to make healthy changes as you transition into sobriety. Coasting through life and being stuck in a state of stagnation is a surefire way to trigger a relapse.
Personal Growth Should Always Be a Priority for the Recovering Alcoholic
As previously mentioned, personal growth is fundamental for success in recovery from alcoholism. In order to truly recover, you must strive to be better than the person you were when you were dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism is a disease that touches every aspect of your life. Recovery is your chance to not only get it back but also make it better.
Understanding Addiction and Recovery is Important for the Recovering Alcoholic
Alcoholism is a complex disease of the mind. It only makes sense that recovery from it is just as complex. You can’t become “cured” in a day just like you didn’t become an alcoholic overnight. During your recovery, your alcoholism and the issues surrounding it (and also caused by it) need to be explored in depth so that you can learn from the past and grow as a person. As much as we would like for recovery to be simple, the fact of the matter is, it’s just as complicated as the alcoholism itself.
Helping Others Can Help the Recovering Addict
Lending your help to others during your recovery from alcoholism is an idea that has been around for years. In fact, it’s one of the most popular concepts in substance addiction recovery today. There are two reasons for this. The first is that taking the time to take care of someone else will make you more likely to want to take care of yourself, too. The second is that helping others to succeed in their own endeavors will boost your feelings of empathy, fulfillment, and self-esteem. It really does feel good to help others. All the while, you’ll be too distracted to even think about alcohol or the effect it used to have on you.
Taking Massive Action Is Necessary for the Recovering Addict
Taking massive action means doing more anyone else might do under the same or similar circumstances. In fact, it usually means going further than most others would even expect. In terms of recovery from alcoholism, taking massive action means doing everything in your power not to relapse, whether it’s everything listed above or anything else. Your goal of staying sober has become your ultimate duty. It’s both an obligation and a responsibility. Massive action in recovery is taking full ownership of your problems, mistakes, and failures. More than that, it’s doing everything possible to fix them. Recovery from alcoholism takes serious effort. So, you need to take massive action and make a full commitment in order to stay sober for good.
Life for the Recovering Addict after Treatment at Diablo Valley
At Diablo Valley, our programs and services are geared towards providing you with the best and safest recovery from alcoholism possible. For more information, please call us at 925-289-1430. We look forward to helping you on your road to recovery.