5 Sobriety Tips for Lasting Recovery

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Maintaining sobriety is always challenging. Even after completing rehab, every individual runs the risk of relapse. Fortunately, these five sobriety tips will help you maintain lifelong recovery.

1. Practice Self Care

Above all, only your efforts and actions guarantee lasting sobriety. If your loved one was struggling with addiction, you’d encourage them to relax, unwind, and take care of themselves. However, a lack of self esteem prevents many from taking their own advice.

Therefore, finding ways to practice regular self care is extremely important. For example, this might mean 30 minutes of scenic walking, an hour of meditation, or taking the time to process troubling thoughts. Overall, strategic forms of self care decrease the likelihood of relapse.

2. Commit to Aftercare

Even if you work through a quality rehab program, you should never avoid aftercare. Maintaining sobriety is ongoing, and you need to be able to commit to it.

For example, this may mean weekly meetings with private therapists. For others, this means local support group meetings. Many people thrive in sober living facilities after rehab. Regardless, these options reinforce sobriety and ensure patients are keeping lifelong recovery a central goal.

3. Steer Clear of the Moderation Myth

One of the biggest recovery traps is the moderation myth. Once you battle with addiction, there’s no method of responsible substance abuse.

If you have an alcohol addiction, one drink is never okay. It leads you to relapse entirely, setting you back months or years. Above all, always remember that moderation is a myth. Recovering from addiction requires remaining sober.

4. Learn and Avoid Your Triggers

Learning triggers is crucial to maintaining sobriety. Everyone has their own, personal relapse triggers, so this is a very personal exercise.

Your trigger for relapse might be hanging out with old friends you previously used with. If you recognize this, you’ll know to avoid these situations. If your trigger is location specific, taking every step to remove yourself from this environment is crucial. Above all, good methods for relapse prevention help you maintain lasting sobriety.

5. Find a Healthy Means of Stress Relief

Stress is a huge motivator for addiction development. Fortunately, at 1st Step Behavioral Health, patients learn how to relieve their stress in healthy ways. Again, this is personal. What works for one person might not be effective for another.

Sobriety Tips and Lasting Recovery

Learning stress relief techniques at 1st Step gives patients the necessary resources for lifelong sobriety. For example, our stress relief methods include:

  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Individual talk therapy
  • Physical fitness
  • Yoga, massage or acupuncture therapy

Following these sobriety tips after rehab is extremely necessary. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, you’ll learn the best methods for avoiding relapse. Call (866) 319-6126 to start your journey to recovery today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.