3 Ways Therapists Help Maintain Sober Living
You do not need to maintain sober living alone. We know sober living is hard! A licensed therapist specializing in addictions counseling can help. Therapy is a proven tool to assist with recovery management and maintaining sober living that you may be struggling to do alone. Here are three ways a therapist can help maintain sober living.
A non-biased listener
To start, a therapist will listen to your concerns without judgement. Therapists collaborate with you in finding solutions to your addictions concerns. In the beginning, therapists listen and assist you in developing treatment goals to effectively help you for long term success. Next, therapists provide accountability for meeting those treatment goals and ideas on how to do them. Therapists are not here to fix you, but to walk along side of you in your recovery. Afterward, your therapist will celebrate your successes with you.
A wealth of knowledge in this area
Second, a therapist can offer additional treatment recommendations and resources to help you maintain sober living. This is done through individual sessions, recommending support meetings, referring for a higher level of care if needed, or providing community resources. Your therapist will follow through on these processes and recommendations with you to make sure you are receiving the best care available to assist you with sober living. A good local therapist knows a lot of local supports and resources just for you. Work with your therapist to identify what works best for you and your needs.
Understand the root cause
Finally, and most importantly, therapy helps peel back the layers that led you to resort to drugs or alcohol to begin with. Addiction is usually a symptom of a deeper problem. Licensed therapists are trained to safely help you look deeper into your life to identify root causes of the addiction. For instance, many people have experienced past traumas, stresses, and physical health problems that lead them down a road of addiction. As a result, many people need professional help untangling the web of addiction. This is done slowly and cautiously so as not to make you revisit emotional distress from your past that you are not ready to face. In therapy you have a say in how slow or how quickly we proceed.
As you can see, therapy is extremely useful to you in helping you maintain sober living. A licensed therapist who specializes in addictions has a thorough understanding of the harmful affects that drugs and alcohol can cause for the individual. There is hope, and you do not have to do this journey alone. If you’d like to reach out, I’d love to assist you here.
Maintaining Sobriety in Times of High Stress
Who has experienced stress recently? If you said me, you are not alone. We all face stress daily. Some of this stress can go unrecognized such as trying to rush out the door to be at work on time or it can be a bit more significant, even life changing, that causes us to resort to drugs or alcohol to numb and forget about that stress. Maintaining sobriety can be especially challenging in times of high stress.
But how does one maintain a level of sobriety in times of high stress? We now live in a fast-paced society with increasing demands, while dealing with social isolation, social distancing, telecommutes with changing job duties and responsibilities. There are ways that you can maintain your sobriety in these stressful times.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Sometimes you just have to say no. When we stretch ourselves too thin on time or overexert ourselves mentally or physically, it can increase our stress and chances of relapse. Make sure you are taking much needed down time, practicing self-care, and taking care of yourself. If you are not taking care of yourself then it will be difficult to be of service to others.
There are most certainly healthy benefits from being outdoors, despite the obvious of fresh air, sunlight, and sounds of nature. This may be an opportunity for you to explore a new recreational activity that you have been interested in such as fishing or hiking, or it may be a way for you to get reacquainted with an activity that you used to enjoy. So, dust off those golf clubs and hit the links! You will have a deeper appreciation for the correlation between mental and physical health in doing so.
Identify Healthy Coping Mechanisms and Positive Supports
Make a conscious choice to find things to take your mind off drug and alcohol use, such as calling a friend or relative or going for a walk. Animals can also be therapeutic so consider going to the shelter to adopt a dog to walk with you and help motivate you. Also, consider getting involved with NA or AA meetings and at some point, identifying a sponsor. There are dozens of AA and NA meetings so do not feel obligated to commit to the first one you attend if you do not feel a connection there. It is perfectly acceptable to attend several before finding one to call your group.
Keep in mind that drugs and alcohol, no matter how serious your use is, are surface level problems. Considering collaborating with a therapist that specializes in addictions to help get to the root of the problem and identify ways for you to live the best life that you deserve. Foundations Family Therapy has a therapist that specializes in maintaining sobriety. Meet him here!