Addiction, no matter what type of addiction, is a disease. And, as such, it requires a certain process in order to heal from it. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about quitting alcohol or drugs, or maybe you’ve already quit but are finding it hard to stay sober. Congratulations! You’re taking important steps on your road to recovery, and even though staying sober may seem like an impossible thing to do, there are some ways you can make this process a little easier.
If you are serious about staying sober, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid a relapse. If you have already been treated, if you have gone through drug or alcohol detox, the last thing you probably want to do is put yourself in a situation that can screw everything up. You definitely don’t want to go through all that again. However, it is important to acknowledge that relapsing is very common, especially for people who are new to recovery. Some people even relapse several times before finding lasting sobriety.
Relapse begins way before you pick up a drink or a drug: it begins with changes in your attitude and feelings which ultimately lead you to consume again. With this in mind, it will be easier to recognize the signs of an impending relapse in order to avoid it. And following the next three tips will make the path through sobriety a little bit smoother.