What to Expect in the Early Stages of Sobriety
Addiction affects all aspects of our lives. While actively addicted, our brains are physically and psychologically dependent on drugs and alcohol to function. In the early stages of sobriety, it will take time to adjust to your new, sober lifestyle. As you work on your sobriety, you will get back your health, heal relationships that were broken by addiction, and have the ability to set goals.
The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without drugs or alcohol. When you are in treatment, there are opportunities to learn from others’ experiences in group therapy and meetings, reflect on yourself, and receive guidance and direction from therapists and counselors. Everyone’s situation and treatment is different and depends on the duration of substance abuse, the potency of the drugs or alcohol, genetic disposition, and mental health. Sometimes people need more time to notice any changes in their journey to recovery.
Addiction is a family disease because it affects the lives of those who struggle with it as well as the lives of loved ones. Throughout recovery, your family and friends will need time to heal. Rebuilding relationships with loved ones requires trust and respect. Abiding by boundaries set by loved ones will help restore broken trust issues. How you see yourself substance-free allows you to sustain relationships that are more meaningful.
Staying active with healthy activities helps the recovery process. Immerse yourself in exercise, sports, hobbies, interests, reading, yoga, meditation, watching movies or go hiking. Clearing your mind of substances allows you to focus on yourself and explore healthy interests and activities. Exposure to nature can produce a calming and soothing effect on your mood and mental health. Going out with sober friends and family can be fun. Laughter can help the healing process and new sober friendships can form through meetings or group therapy sessions.
Treatment for Addiction
Recovery is a lifelong process and there will be challenges throughout your recovery. Stay positive, get support and encouragement from loved ones, and do not give up. There are healthy ways to cope without using drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today.
Addiction is isolating, but you do not have to feel alienated because you are not alone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step toward a fulfilling, enjoyable life in recovery and get help now.
Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.