5 Tips for Staying Sober

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

5 Tips for Staying Sober

If you’re wondering if your drinking has gotten out of control, chances are it probably has. Most people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction only recognize the problem once it begins to affect their lives negatively. While it can be difficult to overcome alcohol abuse and addiction, you can make changes in your life and begin staying sober.

5 Tips for Staying Sober

Once you decide you want to live a sober life, try these tips to keep you on the right path:

Start with small goals: Instead of looking far into the future and thinking about celebrating your first year sober, take it day by day. Huge, long-term goals can be daunting. You may find yourself giving up before you start because a sober life seems impossible. Instead, take the small step of celebrating each day you complete sober.

  • Don’t test your willpower: Why make things harder on yourself by keeping temptation close at hand? Get rid of all the alcohol in your home. Even if it’s something you keep on hand “for guests,” throw it all out. If you just can’t bear to be wasteful, pass it along to someone else.
  • Avoid bad influences: Sometimes, you have to let certain people and situations go in order to be a healthier you. If you have friends who drink heavily and encourage you to do the same, steer clear of them. In some cases, the friendship will have to end. Likewise, avoid bars and other places that make it all too easy for you to fall into the drinking trap. In place of people you’ve cut off, surround yourself with positive influences who support your decision for staying sober.
  • Don’t live in fear: Instead of constantly living in fear of relapsing, focus your energies instead on the recovery process. Unnecessarily worrying about failure could derail your recovery, so think positive.
  • Embrace change: Change can be scary. It can also be the best thing to happen to you. Instead of holding onto your past and thinking that you can’t overcome it, envision the sober person you’re trying to become and embrace that new vision of yourself.

What We Offer

Maybe you need help. That’s why you should consider 1st Step Behavioral Health as your partner in sober living. The goal is for you to surrender the urge to “fix” yourself and instead participate in the natural healing process.

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, you’ll find:

  • A caring environment
  • Talk therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Dual-diagnosis treatments
  • Holistic therapies
  • Art and music therapy

Take the First Step

Our quality alcohol and drug treatment programs can help you overcome your addiction. We’re ready to help you get on the road to recovery because addiction should never control your life.

Take the first step by calling us today at (866) 319-6126

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.