Society seems to think that kicking an addiction is easy, what more an alcoholic addiction. The easy part may be getting sober. However, the most difficult part is the one that comes after that, staying sober. So here are five little basic ideas to get you through the day.
- Positive activities. Say it has been your childhood dream to be an underwater explorer. Now here is your chance. Enrol in a class, get your license. Find friends who love diving and start a new experience together. Love cooking? Take classes. Choose activities or the things that you love that will increase your self-esteem and self confidence. This will increase your chances of staying sober.
- Trying new things. Just as taking a diving license, now is the time to discover that other side of you. Who says you will truly know yourself by the time you are an adult. Continuously try new things, visit new places. Take a holiday. With that new diving license, start diving at the beautiful islands of the world. By getting interested in new experiences, you are taking your mind off your addiction and staying sober will be just a piece of cake.
- Always be wary. Pay attention to little triggers that might set you off on a drinking spree again. Stressful triggers like deaths, anniversaries may depress you, and that is when the urge would kick in. Write down a list of these triggers and also list downs what you could do when you are faced with such triggers. One such example is you could go for AA meetings when at that time of the year.
- Make resolutions. Sit down and list down a list of things that you have always meant to achieve and give yourself a timeline for it. Before the age of 30, I would like to have a good job; I would like to visit the majestic Taj Mahal. Anything. But most importantly, work towards your goals.
- Lastly, do not give up. Yes if you relapse once, it is a mistake. However, do go easy on yourself. If you fall down, pick yourself up and try again. At the end of it all, you know it will be worth it.