Living Sober Tips from Sunrise Sober Living in Coral Springs
Living healthy may be an American obsession, especially in the sunny, warm climate of Coral springs Florida; but for people in recovery, living healthy and sober is a matter of life or death. Depending on how long you were addicted and what type of addiction you had, in addition to any co-occurring disorders or other medical conditions, for long lasting recovery you should have a plan for healthy ways of sober living. Sunrise Sober Living in Coral Springs is here to help!
It’s all a process, with the aim of progress- not perfection! But being sober is still a new and different way of living for most people who are new to recovery, and one that you will need time, guidance, and patience to adjust to. As with any good plan, but especially with healthy sober living, you need a solid foundation. At Sunrise Sober Living, we know that “aftercare” is not just for post-rehab or addiction treatment. Continuing with aftercare programs or community meetings is an important component of maintaining healthy sober living and staying focused on recovery.
In order to not feel overwhelmed by all the changes that come with a new life in recovery, many people find that living in a halfway house or within a sober living community like Sunrise Sober Living is extremely beneficial. Taking things day-by-day, hour-by-hour, or if necessary, minute by minute is crucial to your early success in recovery. There are quite a few other tips that the team of addiction counselors at Sunrise Sober Living have found helpful for new residents when they feel stressed or overwhelmed, or dealing with the pressures of living sober.
Tending to Your Physical Needs at Sunrise Sober Living
One of our first suggestions is avoiding triggers and apply the acronym, “HALT,” which stands for: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. If we let ourselves get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, we are headed for problems. Nobody can be useful to anyone if they are dragging, cranky, or uncomfortable. And addicts are likely to get a craving for a substance of choice if any one of these issues aren’t addressed.
Triggers and cravings are a very real part of recovery. We can prevent relapse by taking care of ourselves and recognizing certain signs. The key to maintaining a life in recovery and healthy sober living is a combination of self-care and self-awareness.
Physical Exercise Programs at Sunrise Sober Living Help You Stay Sober
Next is exercise. Ever notice how you are meditating while exercising? Literally “working it out”- whatever is on your mind? When we first get sober, exercise takes on a whole new role. It gives us natural endorphins, which feel good. For us, feeling good is essential. It’s also a healthy outlet for emotions, helps keep us on a schedule., keeps us physically strong, and helps us feel fatigued and tired naturally at night.
There are so many options for exercise that do not involve going to a gym! At Sunrise Sober Living, we get passionate about exercise because it’s fun! In South Florida we can step outside and surf, skateboard, wakeboard, skim board, go paintballing, fishing, tennis, baseball/softball, soccer, boxing, golf, boating, travel, ride motorcycles, dirt bike, paddle board, scuba dive, run, basketball, play ping pong, pool, we could keep going…but why don’t you add your own faves to this list and get out there and have some healthy sober living fun!
More Healthy Tips from Sunrise Sober Living
-Remember to surrender, let it go, and accept things the way they are. Trying to change things that you have no control over is like trying to stop the ocean from its ebb and flow. Futile.
-Keep a healthy dose of humility. Don’t overestimate your control over your addiction- everyone does at some point, so don’t freak out if you do. Just keep it right sized.
-Take good physical care of yourself not only with exercise but eating well too!
-Be rid of all toxic relationships and people in your life. This includes friendships and romance. Build new healthy relationships with positive people.
-Be of service. Volunteer. Help others, not just yourself. Reach out to others in recovery.
-Be responsible for your words and actions and most of all, for living a sober life. You are the only one responsible for your own sobriety.
-Practice forgiveness, releasing resentment or bitterness.
-Heighten your self-awareness through meditation and self-reflection and prayer if you like to do so.
-Avoid your old hangouts with people and activities that are “triggers.” That’s just asking for trouble.
-Lastly, learn to have fun without alcohol. Trust us, it’s possible!
At Sunrise Sober Living, we are always here for you in any capacity to help you on your journey to a healthy and fulfilling life of recovery. Many people have paved the way for you, and all you must do is follow in their footsteps.