New Behaviors

  • Avoid discussion about situations that romanticize drug use. Keep your focus on your recovery.

  • Change mode of living in any healthy way possible. If you hadn’t done so before, have breakfast every day, even if it’s just a smoothie. You will be reminded first thing in the morning that you are choosing to stay clean and sober.

  • If certain music, paraphernalia, and activities are things that were present during active addiction, change them to something positive, calming and healthy.  

  • If friends or family members are using in front of you and you feel uncomfortable, get to a private space and call someone in recovery to help you stay grounded until you can make other arrangements.

  • Learn to exercise and take walks. Breathing is an essential part of stress reduction and stress is a major trigger for relapse as many in recovery can attest.

  • Keep recovery literature with you at all times. Read and become familiar with the stories of others who have escaped the clutches of addiction. Take their inspiration with you.

Take advantage of today’s technology. There are ongoing recovery groups on social media. Remember that you can sign up with an alias. Just create a Yahoo email account for privacy and use those credentials for social media sites.

The first 30 days of recovery are the most difficult. The upside is, there is usually a “Pink Cloud” effect because of the joy of new found freedom from chemical dependency and the release of endorphins through the brain that were absent due to chemical poisoning. Stick close to others in recovery and build a foundation for yourself to remain clean and sober. A thorough understanding of the damage that addiction causes to the mind, body, and spirit is paramount in helping stay clean and sober. Addiction is a very serious and permanent condition. It will not go away over time. Anyone with an addiction problem who returns to substance abuse will always end up back where they started. Those that remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol, commonly live full and meaningful lives. A great way to make up for bad behavior during active using is to remain sober. It is called a “Living Amends". It is a chance to give to others and make a difference in the world. “Give it away to keep it” is an important point to remember for continued freedom from drugs and alcohol. Living a spiritual, unselfish life is the key to escaping relapse.

Life can be challenging sometimes. Understand that recovery can be achieved and maintained in spite of any circumstances. It’s a simple matter of choice. Do not put conditions on your sobriety and do not live in fear. This can be achieved by learning to live in the moment. This is an ability that is developed over time with the practice of meditation, relaxation, laughter and positive thinking.

If you would like to know more about victory over addiction, please check our Calendar for Beyond Addiction and other support groups.

Tips for Staying Clean and Sober in an Unhealthy Environment. Every day away from mind-altering substances is a victory. So celebrate recovery.

There is an old saying: “Spend enough time in a barbershop and you will end up with a haircut”.
The same goes for recovery from addiction. The fact is that once a person makes a commitment to recover from drugs and alcohol, they must also make a commitment to distance themselves from the people, places, and things that accompanied their drug and alcohol use. It can sometimes seem challenging, particularly if living with someone that is still active in their addiction. As with life, recovery calls for a series of adjustments. Actions can be taken even in the most difficult circumstances to reinforce recovery. 

When someone accepts the reality of their addiction, recovery becomes a comfort in any environment, even if a healthy living space is not available at the time. How? Well, here are a few tips:


Smooth Sailing Through Recovery


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