Getting sober can be complicated, as it involves a lot of change and a lot of learning or relearning things. Early recovery is the part of our lives where we become something new- it can last from 90 days to a year or two and requires strength, humility, and courage. Most importantly, it takes a willingness to do the “hard” things that sustain our sobriety.
It is easy to get down on ourselves, to start thinking that this is too hard, to give up. So, it is important to find things that make us strong. We have to say to ourselves that we have done the hardest part, getting the help we needed. We have taken responsibility for our lives and are sober, maybe for the first time in a very long time. We have taken the first step, which may feel like the hardest thing we have ever done.
Give Yourself A Pat On The Back
In sobriety, every day without drinking or using is a victory. We have to celebrate that. In many 12-Step programs, these things are built into life. Every meeting, they ask for people celebrating a milestone be it their first day, 30 days, or a year. They give chips or coins, tangible evidence of our success, and most people find that carrying these tokens is a big part of their daily journey.
While these larger celebrations are significant, it is vital to recognize the smaller victories as well, especially if they involve overcoming the urge to drink or use. Urges come and go throughout recovery but over time, we get better at resisting. We build little habits that get us through the day, and it gets easier with more structure and habit.
In the beginning, though, the urges can seem overwhelming. They can come out of nowhere and seem to last forever. Remember, they pass. Find something to distract you. The average craving lasts 10 or 15 minutes, so walk around the block a few times, maybe call a friend, or your sponsor, or a family member. Once the craving has passed, do something to reward yourself with something simple, like a special meal or time with friends. Make sure it is something meaningful that is truly rewarding.
Some people keep a journal and like to write down their triumphs, and track their challenges. It can help to have something to look back on, something that shows that it is possible to get through these things. Success breeds more success.
You have to remember that change is possible. Human beings are adaptable and strong. You are adaptable and strong. If you are ready to celebrate your first day sober, call Fort Worth Recovery at 817 382 2894 or contact us online today.