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How to Ensure Long-Term Sobriety

Alcohol addiction and drug abuse are two serious epidemics running rampant throughout the United States. In 2015 alone, over 15.1 million adults ages 18 and older experienced an alcohol use disorder (AUD).[1] Drug use is alarmingly prevalent – 250 million adults ages 15-64 reported drug use in 2015, with 29.5 million admitting they have a drug use disorder.[2]

Sobriety isn’t a battle you have to fight alone, and you should never be ashamed or intimidated of seeking help. If you are trying to find different ways to stay sober and avoid substance abuse, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for our Cypress IOP treatment specialists’ ways to ensure long-term sobriety.

Maintain Healthy Relationships

There may have been a point in your life when those closest to you were others who were just as heavily involved with drugs or alcohol abuse as you were. They enabled you into staying with your addiction, and you need to cut anyone from your life who is not helping your journey to long-term sobriety. Surrounding yourself with positive influences and people that care about you is key to staying sober and avoiding a relapse.

Learn to Manage Stress Properly

To remain sober, you need to learn different ways of managing stress that aren’t through using drugs or alcohol. Becoming physically active, journaling, immersing yourself in a hobby, and even learning how to cook are all productive ways to manage stress that you can implement in your everyday life. Turning to substance abuse doesn’t need to be an answer to your problems anymore.

Enroll in an Addiction Treatment Center

To develop and stick to a substance abuse-free lifestyle, our Florida counseling center at Cypress IOP can help pave the way to your long-term sobriety. Not only will it offer you the resources you need to get over your addictions, but it will allow you to create healthy lifestyle changes that will stay with you for life. If you are seeking a treatment facility to either start your sobriety journey or to ensure long-term sobriety, don’t wait to find the right place. At Cypress IOP, our understanding and patient therapists want to help you. Call us today at 239-309-6635 for a consultation.

 

Sources
[1] Alcohol Facts and Statistics
[2] World Drug Report 2017
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Staying Sober During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a tough time for individuals going through recovery or currently in substance abuse treatment. Unfortunately, substance abuse and holiday stress coincide; however, they do not have to. Our mental health counseling professionals in Naples share ways you can survive this season during recovery, and how to stay sober during the holidays.

 

Staying Sober During the Holidays

  1. Never forget why being and staying sober is important to you and your life.
  2. Attend parties where you know you will feel comfortable.
  3. Plan a way to escape an uncomfortable situation if one rises.
  4. Stay away from places that will trigger past emotions regarding substance abuse.
  5. Spend time with people who support your recovery.
  6. Know and understand your holiday triggers.
  7. Learn to fight and move past your cravings.
  8. Create and implement new traditions.
  9. Remember to stay grateful and to live in the season of giving.
  10. Live one day at a time, enjoying your sobriety.

 

Preventing the Holiday Blues and Recognizing Holiday Triggers

It’s important to recognize triggers in order to prevent the holiday blues. Depending on your situation, you may feel sad, scared, confused, and just plain weird. During the holiday season, now is the time to attend more group meetings, connect with sober friends, practice self-care, and live each day like it’s a gift – because it is. Take the time to figure out what hurts and what helps you during this time, focusing on what is going to help you stay sober during the holidays.

 

At Cypress IOP, we’re here to help anyone and everyone in need of substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling in Naples. Continue to reread our tips for staying sober during the holidays as many times as you need to avoid substance abuse and holiday stress.