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Maintaining Sobriety

Addiction to alcohol is a disease that is difficult to treat, and alcoholics can be prone to relapse, which makes it very important for recovering alcoholics to constantly be on their guard to avoid temptations and other triggers to relapse. There are several steps that alcoholics can take to help them in their efforts at maintaining sobriety. Continuing to build one’s network of support after leaving an addiction treatment program is crucial to helping alcoholics maintain their sobriety. There are many different ways to build a support network that can help alcoholics during those tough times when they feel as though they are so close to slipping back into their old lifestyle and habits. One of the best ways to receive support is to join a local support group for alcoholics and regularly attend the group’s meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups can be very helpful to the alcoholic to maintain their sobriety. Many alcoholics are unable to locate a support group nearby, so many turn to the internet and have joined online support groups where they can read blog posts by other alcoholics or chat with recovering alcoholics to find support to continue to resist the urge to start drinking again. It is also important to make certain that alcoholics continue to avoid those people and situations that may make them feel tempted to drink. Making new friends, developing new hobbies and pursuits are all great ways to resist the urge to drink. Becoming more physically active and fit can go a long way in reducing the temptation to drink. Regular exercise gives the body an outlet for pent up emotions and struggles that is not self-destructive. When someone is taking care of their body they are also less likely to pursue destructive habits such as drinking. While working out is great exercise, other people find yoga, tai-chi and meditation helpful as well in helping them to calm their inner turmoil and find the strength to continue to resist cravings to drink. Changing one’s eating habits is also part of self-care that can help strengthen an alcoholic’s resolve to remain sober while giving their body the nutrition that it needs to continue to heal from the effects of alcohol on the body. For many alcoholics, finding an aspect of spirituality to embrace so that they can find a source of peace and strength outside of themselves or their family and friends is often a great way to help an alcoholic maintain their sobriety.  Adopting new activities that can build an alcoholic’s sense of self-worth, such as volunteering at a local charity can also provide the diversion and focus that an alcoholic needs to help them in their efforts at recovery. Participating in job or skills training to be able to find a better job, or even taking an educational course for fun can also help the alcoholic to increase their self-esteem and discipline. Regardless of their location, there are many different opportunities for alcoholics to receive alcoholism help and support to remain sober. Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers two programs that support lifetime sobriety.  The Arbor Advocacy Program provides accountability alongside a relapse prevention plan. The Arbor Alumni Program offers weekly 12-step meetings and other resources for wellness.