5 Stressful Situations You Will Face in Your First Year of RecoveryJune 13, 2016 - Addiction, Alcohol and Drug, Disease, Recovery, Treatment - 0 Comments
Getting sober is a tough job. You have succeeded in the hardest part of overcoming your addiction, but you still need to be aware of the stresses you will face in your first year of recovery.
Leaving the Bubble
Being in rehab is a little bit like being in a bubble. While you are sobering up and dealing with the symptoms of withdrawal, your counselors do their best to protect you from outside stress. You need all your strength to concentrate on getting off drugs or alcohol. You may be leaving rehab, but you aren’t leaving your support system. Call on your counselors, attend your meetings and never be ashamed to reach out for help. If you remember not to face the world alone, you will survive without relapsing.
Facing Life Sober
Now that you are sober, it is time to face the things that may have caused you to drink or do drugs in the first place. Your issues didn’t go away when you entered rehab, but now you must remember that through counseling and your newfound support system you have the tools to deal with life’s problems without turning to drugs and alcohol.
Old Friends Meet the New You
One of the most stressful situations you will face in you first year of recovery is running into the people you once partied with. They won’t understand your sobriety and might even try to sabotage it. If you want to keep on the road to recovery, you have to avoid the old crowd.
Fear of Relapse
It is very natural to fear relapse. You know how easy it is to slip back into old patterns. It can be very frightening and stressful when member of your twelve step or rehab program falls off the wagon. It serves as a reminder that you could become susceptible to the temptation of drugs and alcohol. Just continue to take one day at a time and share your fears with your sponsor or counseling group.
Thinking You’ve Got It Licked
As you become more comfortable and confident in your sobriety, it is easy to become overconfident. When you start to think you could handle seeing your old friends or hanging out at your old haunts, it is time to slow down and remind yourself that isn’t in your best interest if you want to keep your sobriety.
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