Lifestyle Changes to Keep Sober

Lifestyle Changes to Keep Sober
Recovery December 31, 2019
Author: Ilana Jael

Making meaningful lifestyle changes during addiction treatment and recovery brings together a new way of living that empowers your potential and guides your steps away from relapse. In the early phases of recovery, building a new life without substance use might seem difficult, but, by seeking help for your addiction, you have begun moving forward toward something truly satisfying.

What is a lifestyle change? By making a daily effort toward the goals you set for yourself, you deliberately change your outlook, interests, priorities, and behavior. Choosing to change your lifestyle in the interest of remaining sober is one of the most empowering life choices one can make.

Lifestyle Changes That Empower Sobriety

There is a reason that holistic sober living programs focus on not only achieving sobriety but also on rebuilding lives. Complete healing from addiction is a rebirth of the whole person. Let’s explore some effective changes you can make to help you stay sober and shape the lifestyle with which you will move forward.

Budget Your Time, Your Money, and Your Attention

Taking control of your schedule will allow you to achieve the other lifestyle goals to follow, so give time to creating a budget not just for your finances, but for your efforts and attention.  Consider these overall goals:

Find New Hobbies and Interests to Pursue

Chances are good if you are in treatment that your time and efforts in the recent past have been centered around substance use. That energy and attention needs a place to be satisfied, and hobbies, sports, exploring, and learning will help you build new connections between feeling well physically and these productive and relaxing actions.

Some of the options those in early recovery often find fulfilling and motivating include:

Eliminate Toxic Influences from Your Environment

Very often we mirror what is around us, and the people, influences, and physical objects we allow into our lives can impact our attitude, behavior, and way of perceiving the world. Protecting your physical and mental health by eliminating those things that are toxic to you is an essential part of lifestyle change.

Consider these elements to eliminate:

Focus on Your Own Health and Wellness

During a battle with addiction, it is easy to lose track of basics like self-care, personal hygiene, wardrobe updates, and medical issues. Choosing to put effort and focus into feeling as well as possible will help you recover from the physical toll of substance use while experiencing fully the vitality and vigor that come with complete wellness.

Maintain a regular schedule of sleeping and waking to promote healthy sleep patterns.

Eat Well to Be Well

beautiful young woman sitting on a stand up paddle board on a water

Worth mentioning separately is the need to restore your body following substance use and addiction treatment. Supplying a diet that contains a wide variety of highly nutritious foods is one of the best ways to return to vibrant health and experience how good your body can feel.

Get Moving and Feel Fit Again

Exercise might not be the favorite topic in the list so far, but getting up and moving your body is essential to good health for everyone. Exercise also releases natural mood-boosting chemicals.

Your new exercise program should start at your current fitness level and gradually intensify over time. Be sure to check with your doctors before embarking on these popular exercise programs:

Explore a Spiritual Connection

Feeling a sense of purpose, guidance, support, and direction are just some of the benefits of exploring your spiritual side to broaden and deepen your lifestyle. These changes can be small or life-changing, but all start with an openness to what is greater than ourselves.

There are many paths to explore spirituality, some of which include:

Create a Life of Integrity

handsome man wearing white deep breathing in front of the ocean

The things we have done in the past do not need to define who we become in the future. Feeling guilt or remorse is often part of the process of achieving sobriety, but what you do with those realizations about past behaviors will define who you become as you work to change yourself.

Being honest with yourself and others is a goal that may take time to achieve. Old habits of hiding, lying, and manipulating need to be examined and deliberate changes made to become more transparent, open, and honest about your own emotions and how the actions of others affect you.

Forgiving yourself and recognizing where you can make more progress is essential to lifestyle change and complete healing from addiction. By achieving self-awareness and letting others see you as you truly are, you can obtain the help and support you need, while meeting the needs of those around you to engage with a real and complete person.

Reach Out for Guidance and Resources

Making a lifestyle change that centers on sobriety and self-discovery truly starts with making the decision to do so. The first step toward a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle may be seeking addiction treatment or helping a loved one to do so. Beginning that journey at RECO Institute in Delray Beach, FL will provide all of the tools you need to make a meaningful change in your lives.

All recover at their own pace and benefit from guidance and support in achieving their goals. With a comprehensive program, including intensive outpatient treatment and luxurious sober living facilities, we have all of the tools you need to build a new way of living that is free of drugs or alcohol.

By entering a sober community, you open the door to new relationships, self-awareness, and endless opportunities to experience a full and successful life with those you care about. Contact us now to make a lifestyle change for the better.

Created with Sketch.