Getting sober is a tough task. Learn how to get sober, and stay sober from the professionals at Dedicato Treatment Center.
Substance use disorder is a brain disease. A complex process involves the brain’s neurotransmitters and reward center, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms that lead to a substance use disorder. It’s no wonder it is so hard to quit using drugs or alcohol, and you are fighting against your brain and body to get sober.
That doesn’t mean getting sober is impossible, however. Getting sober is possible and is achieved daily by many people. You can get sober, too, and without the horrible withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Below are nine tips and tricks to make getting sober and staying sober easier.
1. Find Reasons to Get Sober
Find legitimate reasons to get sober; there are many. Getting sober must start with you being motivated to change. But having a substance use disorder means you have created a sense of security and comfort for yourself that involves drugs, alcohol, or both.
It would help if you found reasons to get sober that will motivate you to follow through. Reasons may include:
- Regaining custody of children.
- Getting a job to pay off debts.
- Rebuilding relationships with family and friends.
- Improving your health, and because you want to live.
You can have a happy, healthy, sober life again. You don’t have to wait until you’ve hit rock bottom or feel the desire to quit using. Those may come after you begin treatment, or they may never come at all. If you can’t get sober for yourself right now, that’s okay; get sober for your loved ones.
2. Get Help With Detoxification
Treatment providers have created a detox plan that works. It involves medication to reduce physical and mental symptoms of detox like cravings, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and pain. When you enter a detox treatment facility, you are immediately given medical supervision and care.
The negative symptoms that generally force you to relapse are treated with medication so you can focus on learning the skills needed to stay sober.
3. Don’t Leave Treatment After Detox
You have spent years altering the structure of your brain by using drugs or alcohol. Detox lasts about one week, which is not nearly enough time for your brain to heal. Just because the toxins are out of your body doesn’t mean your brain can handle going without substances.
Cravings and physical post-detox symptoms can linger for months. Rather than returning home after detox, stay and transition to an inpatient rehab program where you can continue medication management and learn how to succeed in recovery.
The more time you spend in treatment, the higher your chances of recovery success. Everything you learn in treatment serves as a protective factor from relapse.
4. Feed Your Body and Mind
Misusing alcohol and drugs means your body is deprived of nutrients that make you healthy. You are likely dehydrated and may have underlying medical conditions that have gone untreated. In the first few weeks of recovery, your focus needs to be on healing your body and mind.
The best treatment facilities have nutrition programs. They understand that food is medicine, and what you put into your body can either heal it and make it stronger or weaken it. Participating in a treatment center’s nutrition program can help you reach your recovery goals more quickly.
5. Build a Support Network For Getting Sober
You didn’t develop a substance use disorder alone, and you can’t get sober alone. The more support you have, the better. Support can come from many different sources, including the following:
- Sober Family
- Sober Friends
- Church members
- Support groups in the community
- Support groups associated with a treatment program
If you enter a treatment facility, one of your goals when working with a therapist will be to build your support network. You will receive a lot of help putting the right people on your list.
6. Find Your Fun
Sobriety needs to feel more fun than intoxication. You are replacing the memories of using with new ones, which must be great to keep you motivated to stay in recovery. You’ve spent so much time in the vicious cycle of seeking and using substances that you may have forgotten what it is you like to do to have fun. Now is the time to rediscover your likes and talents.
Treatment facilities offer programs to help you in the rediscovery process. Creative activities like art and music therapy, journaling, and fitness are things you can do daily.
7. Learn More
Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your body, brain, and how substances affect each other, the more you will want to stop using. Drugs and alcohol damage every part of your body and can eventually be fatal.
But just like all other diseases, substance use disorders are treatable.
Entering a treatment program will allow you to participate in psychoeducation courses. Here, a therapist will teach you why you can’t just stop using drugs or alcohol. They will also teach you precisely what you need to do to recover.
8. Encourage Your Family and Friends to Get Help
The people you love have likely all played a role in your substance use disorder. Some may have been enablers, while others neglected you completely. Some may have substance use problems. While you are healing, encourage them to heal also. Then, you can both reunite for a fresh start.
If they do not change, it will be harder for you to stay sober.
9. Getting Sober: Don’t Wait
Start getting sober today. If you’ve had a drink or used drugs today, that’s okay; you don’t have to be sober to seek help or to make the decision to get sober.
The proper treatment center has all the tools necessary to help you achieve sobriety with the least amount of discomfort. Even if you have tried other treatment programs, don’t give up seeking the right one. Doing so could mean finding a plan that helps you achieve lifelong sobriety.
Someone is available 24/7 to help you start your journey. You deserve freedom from the hold of substance use, and treatment can help you get it.