Sobriety Strategies: 13 Tips for Staying Sober

Prayer is a way to speak openly and honestly and put into words what you’re feeling in the moment. You’re having a good time because of the people you are with or the activity that you are doing, not because you are sloshed. You will no doubt have endured the pain of numerous “morning afters,” that horrible feeling of slowly coming to and experiencing the double whammy of a cracking hangover, and a multitude of regrets. And perhaps a rather large dose of fear, due to the fact that you can’t remember how you got home, what you said, if you texted that ex, if you locked the front door, if you remembered your handbag, and so on.

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You might take a new way home from work, for example, to keep from going past your favorite old hangout. By Buddy T

Buddy T is a writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. Because he is a member of a support group that stresses the importance of anonymity at the public level, he does not use his photograph or his real name on this website.

Follow Through On Your Thoughts Of Relapse

Individuals who experience withdrawal symptoms have become dependant on the substance. This means that the brain and body have become so accustomed to having the substance present that without it, they can’t function properly. The brain and body need time to return to functioning without the substance. Medical support can help keep you safe and as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Milestones in sobriety are celebrated to recognize the challenging work you are accomplishing.

However, there are methods to help reduce or relieve the symptoms. This can include maintaining hydration, eating nutritious food, and getting plenty of rest. Alcohol roughly leaves the body at an average rate of 0.015 grams per 100 milliliters per hour. This translates to reducing a person’s BAC level by 0.015 per hour. Nevertheless, while exercise will not help to sober a person up, they may become more aware after doing some exercise. A cold shower may make a person alert for a short period, but they are still impaired.


Don’t try to schedule every minute of every day, or you may get burned out. Work on your schedule until you feel you have reached the right balance of free time and scheduled activity for you. Many people find that all the new things to get used to can distract from the emotional symptoms of early withdrawal, such as anxiety.

However, when it has happened, I have to speak up to point out that I didn’t drink and I’m not subsidizing their drinking. I have always hated the feeling that I’m putting people out or being difficult. If you’re like most drinkers, you’ve likely surrounded yourself at some point with a group of people who also drink. I’d argue that many of us gravitated to a group of friends who have drinking habits that align with our own, and we did this because we didn’t want sober friends. However, many factors, such as gender, medications, and health, can affect intoxication and cause BAC to rise quicker and fall slower.

Question About Treatment

Those days are behind us, and now you have a chance to build beautiful relationships with those you love. My experience tells me that sobriety goes along side with taking your life and your finances more seriously. You can start a business, you can work hard and save money for nice vacations, you can provide for your family and even provide for yourself. For me, it’s not so much about saving my own life anymore.

  • Now that you are growing more confident in your ability to stay sober, it’s time to create a routine supporting that sobriety.
  • They receive 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.
  • Sometimes people think alcohol use is “heavy” or excessive only when the person consuming alcohol is passing out or becoming aggressive with others.
  • Somebody who was just a casual acquaintance can become one of your closest friends.

Finding happiness in sobriety is a process that takes time but is totally achievable with the right daily supports, priorities, and commitments. Healthy relationships, a regular practice of gratitude, finding your purpose, and living in the moment are some of the components of recovery that enrich the good feelings of sobriety. As anyone can tell you, you can’t expect a 30-day program to keep you sober for a lifetime. If you feel yourself struggling consistently each day, then check yourself back into a treatment center. For many people who complete their stay at a rehabilitation center, therapy becomes part of the outpatient program. It’s continual treatment to help you get better, continue checking in and isolate why you turned to alcohol in the first place and how to avoid triggers going forward.

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