SELF HELP TIPS TO RESOLVE YOUR ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM.

START A SOBRIETY CHALLENGE
Start working on your recovery journey with small steps, for example start a sobriety challenge and build momentum from those small but significant steps. For example, tell yourself you won’t use alcohol or drugs from for a day, a week, two weeks etc. You will learn from each day you stay sober and build on it. Remember to journal your sobriety challenge so that you can monitor your progress but also journaling will help you learn more about your triggers. Remember to use the following skills during your sobriety challenge:

  • Practice saying No when invited by friends to drink alcohol or use drugs.
  • Let the urges pass by reminding yourself that each day that passes the urges will diminish in strength.
  • Finding new activities that replace your alcohol drug lifestyle is the most important thing to do.
  • Carrying reminders like pictures, written statements that you can move and read them or look at them when tempted to use alcohol or drugs.
  • Avoiding places that trigger your substance use is a very effective way of resolving your alcohol or drug abuse problem as this increases your chances of staying sober.
    NOTE: if you are dependent on alcohol or drugs, you will experience discomforts during your sobriety challenge which we call withdraw symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

EXPLORE YOUR TRIGGERS
Exploring triggers in advance will act as a guard against failing to achieve your sobriety challenge targets. Triggers include people, places, situations and things that increase the likelihood that you will yes alcohol or drugs.

DEVELOP NEW RITUALS
Remember that you once spent a lot of time and money on alcohol and drugs and this became your lifestyle. Changing this life means coming up with new rituals that will replace your life of alcohol and drugs. New rituals can be playing football, going to church, visiting family members, reading a book, helping out at home, or family business

REBUILD YOUR SOCIAL SUPPORT
We are social beings and we can’t avoid living with other people and remain in isolation. Remember a lot of relationships were strained as a result of the alcohol and drug abuse lifestyle, leaving you with little or no significant relationships in your life. These significant relationships play a vital role when making this life transition from using alcohol or drugs to not using them at all. Making amends is something one should do as soon as possible so as to reduce the tension among family members and make the environment appropriate for recovery to take place. You need to acknowledge that people have been hurt, some are angry and disappointed with you. Be brave enough and acknowledge the share of your faults and make things right for yourself and others.

JOIN A LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP
During your sobriety challenge you are likely to learn a lot of things, one of them is the realization that sobriety is possible but it’s also not an easy process, especially if you are dependent on the substances. Joining a support group like Celebrate Recovery will help you develop your will power, but also being in an environment where you feel you are not the only one. By sharing struggles and success of the past week during meetings helps instill hope to all group members, you will also establish accountability partners, find a sponsor who will walk with you through this journey. Remember recovery is not a journey to be walked alone.

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