10 Tips to Stay Sober


How many times have you said " I'm done, I'm never using again, I mean it this time, No more, It's not worth it" etc.. etc.. and when you said it u REALLY meant it? Your not the only one! We all do it; including me! Even with the best intentions I always failed. I swore up and down I was never going to use again and I really MEANT IT! I hated who I was and the things I was doing. Even with the most sincere desire to change I failed time after time after time. It took me a looong time to realize it was more powerful than me. I needed help. Help is out there why not take advantage of it! Remember, IT TAKES A STRONG PERSON TO ASK FOR HELP. IT IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS!


What I mean here is you have to be selfish about your recovery. Your recovery must come first before your job, your family, your kids, your pets, your hobbies, your favorite sports team, money, whatever. It is a fact that whatever you put before your recovery you will lose. It's only a matter of time! When I decided to make a change, I made recovery my number one priority! Everything else will fall into place if you focus on that one thing just for today.


It sounds like a pain in the neck. Believe me, it's a relief! This will help to cut ties with negative influences and focus on getting better. Lose all the old numbers and start fresh. Guard your number with your life and only give it to your necessary support group and whoever is absolutely necessary. This is a huge step in changing PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS you hear about so much. This was huge for me! Especially in early recovery when I was the must vunerable to relapse. Why not eliminate that unecessary temptation. Try it. It works!


If you had a potentially fatal allergy to peanuts would you plan a trip to a peanut factory this weekend? No way! Well us addicts have a potentially fatal allergy to drugs and alcohol. When I got sober I stayed away from bars. I didnt even give myself the opportunity to make a bad decision. It was around the Fourth of July when I was getting clean so I skipped a Fourth of July barbecue where I would normally party. My brother in law was getting married around that time so I even skipped the bachelor party! It goes along with step 2. BE SELFISH! I avoided high risk situations at all costs! Even if it meant hurting someones feelings. Saving my life was more important. That's the bottom line.


Yesterdays history, Tomorrows a mystery! Don't beat yourself up about things that happened in the past and don't think into the future. Focus on one day, even one hour at a time! One thing that always screwed me before I even started was I would always think "never again for the rest of my life am I going to have a beer. Yea right". I was defeated before I even started because that seemed impossible at the time! That's ridiculous! One day sounds much more reasonable right? As far as the past, the guilt and the shame I had from using would drive me to use again. STUPID! Focus on doing what you have to do to stay clean Just For Today. You'll be amazed at how the everything else works itself out.


We all know what happens when we sit around bored and thinking too long. We use! Try to occupy as much time as possible by working, making meetings, hanging with sober friends and family, calling people who support your recovery, healthy hobbies. There are so many fun things to do sober. I remember playing softball when I got sober. I never laughed so hard and had so much fun in my life. It sounds stupid I know. I never did anything sober. I forgot what it was like to have fun. Get your life back and have fun with it. IT'S WORTH IT!


I am one of the most stubborn people out there believe me. I thought I had all the answers. It wasn't until I stopped being a know it all and listened to some suggestions from other recovering addicts that I got better. Sometimes the simplest things can make all the difference in the world. Who better to learn from that someone who got clean! I was stupid not to listen years ago but I was going to do it my way or the highway. Let me save you some time. Doing it your way won't work! Take some advice and try to find what works for you and you'll be so happy you did.


Who cares! I always would be so worried what people thought that it screwed my recovery up. I remember going to meetings and being so afraid to raise my hand and talk. Did I sound stupid? I don't fit in here. They all got their clicks. I'm like the outcast. I call it a case of the twos. Im to cool, their to young, he's too screwed up, she's too loud etc.. etc.. I always focused on everyone else but ME! How can you ever get better like that? Or even outside meetings. I'll look lame if I don't have a beer at the wedding. I quit drinking. What will they think if I go to rehab? WHHHOOO CAAARREES WHAT PEOPLE THINK! Do you want to live or die? Do you want to keep suffering to look cool? STUPID! Get better. Do it for you. WHO CARES!


How can a bunch of drug addicts and alcoholics who have no clue who I am help me? I used to say that all the time and was unwilling for the longest time to give in to going to meetings. It's a proven system for recovery! Go to a meeting and its amazing how much better you feel when you come out. It's unbelievable and believe me I am the last person to admit this! One of the biggest things it did for me is it kept my eyes on the prize so to speak. Hearing the stories and talking to people who have a lot of clean time made me able to remember how bad it was and how good life can be sober. I wasn't successful in recovery until I gave into going to the meetings. My suggestion would be to make 1 meeting a day especially for a while at first. You'll meet great people and learn so much about yourself and recovery.


Working a program of recovery is about practice, not perfection. I by no means work the perfect program but I have been able to learn from my mistakes and try again using that new knowledge to my advantage. The reason I am able to right 10 tips on staying sober is because I have failed at each one of these and learned from them. Relapse DOES NOT have to be part of your story. Hopefully you can take these suggestions I have laid out and use them to your advantage. If you mess up TRY AGAIN! One time it will click and you will get your life back.

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