This post is a guest post by Joe Gilmore of Renaissance Recovery, and I feel the content is so important. It was helpful for me to read it and I have a good amount of time in recovery! Thanks Joe!
When it comes to addiction treatment, the process doesn’t stop when you leave the rehab or treatment facility. Addiction is a lifelong disease that you need to be conscious of every day. To help with this, clients are often taught a number of relapse prevention methods to help keep them in control of their mind and urges.
For some, these come in the form of meditation or mindfulness exercises. More and more treatment and rehab programs across the nation, like this Laguna Beach rehab, are teaching mindfulness curriculum to help with continued sobriety and help fight addiction long-term. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common mindfulness exercises that can help with sobriety.
These are just a few of the common mindfulness and meditative exercises that you can do to help you stay sober. But there are other things that will help with your long-term sobriety.
Other Activities to Help with Long-Term Sobriety
Long-term sobriety is a hard thing to achieve and there can be slip-ups at any time. However, there are some things you can do to put yourself in the best position possible for success. Let’s take a look at a few:
Support Meetings: Attending regular support meetings is a great way to stay accountable and to be around others who are in similar situations as you. These meetings can provide invaluable support and allow you to share your experiences with others.
Find a Sponsor: A sponsor is someone who has been through the program themselves and can help guide you through the recovery process. They can provide support and advice when needed and help you stay on track.
Make a Commitment: One of the best things you can do for your sobriety is to make a commitment to yourself. This means committing to abstain from alcohol or other drugs, attending regular meetings, and staying involved in your recovery.
Get Involved in Your Community: Getting involved in your community can help you feel connected and supported. There are often sober events and activities happening in most communities. Getting involved can help you meet new friends and stay connected to your sober support system.
Again, these are just a few examples. Regardless of how you choose to do it, maintaining sobriety will be something you have to consciously think about and act on a daily basis.
Joe Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for nearly half a decade and currently works for Renaissance Recovery, an evidence-based treatment center in Southern California.”