5 Ways to Create Sober Routines in Recovery

Individuals addicted to cocaine become fixated on their use and supplying their addiction. Because of this, they often lose sight of their priorities and start to engage in behaviors they once deemed inappropriate. These behaviors and actions then become routine for the addict, who soon develops an entire lifestyle, including habits and routines, all based on finding and using more of the drug.

Tackling the task of integrating sober routines into one’s recovery is an essential step for all recovering addicts. Some individuals may feel extremely overwhelmed at this task but taking the adequate time to decide which behaviors could jeopardize one’s sobriety is vital to success. Not all of the addict’s actions and/or routines are harmful. However, many seemingly harmless activities may in fact trigger cravings and relapse.

Incorporating Sober Routines in Recovery

Sobriety is not easy and requires a lifelong commitment in order to be successful. Healthier choices may become easier the longer one is sober; however, temptation is always right around the corner. Learning effective ways to incorporate sober routines into one’s life can take time and be a trial and error process.  Routines that work for some recovering addicts may not work for others. Included in the following are five ways an individual can incorporate sober routines into her recovery:

  • Prioritize your sobriety
  • Slowly incorporate new routines and habits
  • Make a lifestyle change
  • Set boundaries
  • Take time to process

One of the most difficult aspects for recovering addicts is learning to prioritize or learning how to say no to social obligations. Although it is common for recovering addicts to want to fill the time that they once spent acquiring and abusing cocaine, being too busy can cause undue stress and anxiety.  This added stress can cause the recovering addict to crave the drug again and can even lead to a relapse.  Also, recovering addicts frequently want to instantly fix their lives. Although instant gratification is rewarding, learning to prioritize which changes should be make first and working through each one successfully will ultimately lead to a stronger and longer lasting recovery.

Committing enough time to give each routine a chance to take root is essential for any individual developing a healthy lifestyle.  By taking their time, individuals are able to work through any kinks or hiccups they may experience and make adjustments to fully incorporate these changes. It’s also important to make sure that the healthy routines incorporated into their lives are ones that they can continue to succeed at throughout their recovery.  If an individual has issues that could limit the amount of exercise she can do, incorporating a vigorous exercise routine into her recovery may not be the best choice for her.

Sobriety requires a complete lifestyle change.  This does not mean the individual can’t speak or socialize with old friends, it just means that anything which reminds him of his cocaine use should be avoided to help eliminate any and all forms of temptation. Lifestyle changes can be anything from eating healthier to getting a new cell phone which doesn’t have all the past drug-using friends contact information in it.

Setting healthy boundaries gives both the recovering addict and his loved ones a sense of relief.  By setting these boundaries recovering addicts are able to inform others of their limits along with what is and is not acceptable behavior while they are around. By setting boundaries recovering addicts can assert their needs, make themselves heard, and show that their sobriety is truly important to them.

While in a recovery program, addicts are given the tools and knowledge to help them once treatment is completed. However, after the completion of treatment some recovering addicts have a hard time incorporating what they learned and fall victim to temptation, while others are able to create a new sober lifestyle and succeed.  Taking the time to make the changes, while maintaining one’s sobriety, can give the recovering addict added self-confidence and boost her self-esteem so she can overcome any obstacle she encounters.  This mindset will be what helps her continue to make healthy choices even when the cravings become severe.

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If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine and is having a difficult time integrating healthy non-drug using activities into his life, please call our toll-free helpline today.  Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call can save an individual’s life, so call us today!

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