How To Move On With Your Life During Addiction Recovery 

Realizing you have a drinking problem and deciding to quit are the first two steps of recovery, and for some people, they are the hardest. So, if that’s where you are in your journey right now, know you’re not alone and that you can claim your life back from a destructive addiction.

Once you’ve decided to quit drinking, you must commit to staying sober, despite any temptations or triggers you might come across. This is much more practical when you have support from therapy, a church group, friends who don’t drink, and/or any other kind of system that motivates you and helps you to stay accountable.

It’s also essential that you add meaningful and enjoyable things to your life that don’t involve drinking, and that you move your life forward so that you can thrive. This article will provide some tips on how to get on with your life while recovering from alcohol abuse.

Get Car Insurance

One of the first things to get in order will be your car insurance (if you don’t have any), as you won’t be able to legally drive without it. If your policy lapsed due to having your license suspended, try going to your former insurance company for coverage. If they won’t work with you, you will need to look around at other companies. Sometimes, a lapse in coverage means that it’s too high a risk for standard companies to insure you. However, there are companies that specialize in insuring higher-risk drivers, though you can expect higher premiums.

Surround Yourself with Support

One of the most important aspects of staying sober is hanging around people who help you in your mission. While therapy, treatment, and church can prove invaluable, so can spending time with non-drinking friends. This is because it helps to break social connections with alcohol and normalize sobriety, and friends can keep you accountable on your journey. Plus, boredom can easily lead to relapse, and doing things with people will help prevent that from happening.

Improve Your Diet

What you eat obviously has a lot to do with your physical health, which plays a major role in your mental and emotional health. Start being conscious of your diet — maximizing fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats, while limiting sugar, sodium and saturated fats. You should also make mood-boosting foods like kale, eggs, spinach, nuts, and wild salmon a part of your diet. If it’s easier for you, just start by replacing one meal a day with a healthier option than you normally would consider, and build from there.

Get Fit

Physical activity is also important. Not only does regular exercise yield long-term health benefits, but it also provides short-term benefits. The endorphins released during exercise creates a sense of reward in the brain, which can instantly boost your mood, reduce stress, and make you feel productive. Also, exercise is known to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as promote better sleep.

Set New Goals

Finally, in order to move past your addiction, you have to move forward in your life. Think of where you want to be in the future, and start setting goals. This could include goals to start a new career, progress in your current career, or go back to school. It can also include goals for repairing and developing relationships, learning new activities or skills, or any other number of things. Take advantage of your commitment to change by setting and focusing on new goals.

Recovering from alcohol addiction is not easy, but the rewards far outweigh the struggle. Be sure to look into your car insurance, and start hanging around positive, non-drinking friends. Prioritize your physical health to boost your mental and emotional health, and set new goals for your future. Most importantly, have grace on yourself, and try to maintain a positive outlook throughout your journey through addiction recovery.

Source:  Ryan Randolph   Recovery Proud  November 2019

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