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Is it Difficult to Stay Sober?

Many people are under the impression that staying sober is a daily struggle with temptation, cravings, and triggers. Fortunately, this is not always the case. Through adherence to recovery programs that stress spiritual healing and growth, it is possible to reach a point in life where cravings and temptation simply do not exist. We can live each day to the fullest, without feeling the need to use any mind-altering substances whatsoever.

The idea that it is possible to maintain sobriety easily seems far-fetched in early recovery. However, through adherence to a recovery program of action, maintaining sobriety is a simple fact of life rather than a daily struggle. In the beginning of sobriety, however, it may be difficult. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Science has taught us that stress, cues linked to the drug experience (such as people, places, things, and moods), and exposure to drugs are the most common triggers for relapse.” In early sobriety, before one has developed healthy coping skills, there is an increased vulnerability to stress which may cause a person to relapse.

One of the greatest tools for overcoming cravings and triggers in early sobriety is experiencing a spiritual awakening. The spiritual experience that occurs as a result of 12-step recovery allows one to have a major shift in perspective and reactions to life events that make it easier to avoid the temptation of substance use. Dr. Elfie Hinterkopf, in Integrating Spirituality in Counseling: A Manual for Using the Experiential Focusing Method, explains, “a spiritual experience involves a transcendent growth process. ‘Transcend’ means to move beyond one’s former frame of reference in a direction of higher or broader scope, a more inclusive perspective. Such transcendence is essential to human growth. A transcendent growth process, found in all human beings, involves moving beyond one’s own unhealthy egocentricity, duality, and exclusivity towards more healthy egocentricity, inclusivity, unity, and a capacity to love.” Through the growth that results from the spiritual experience, a person loses their “unhealthy egocentricity,” selfishness, and self-centeredness.” As a result, they no longer experience the drive to use substance.

By experiencing a spiritual awakening and adhering to a recovery program, sobriety is not difficult. However, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous warns, “It is easy to let up on a spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.” By adhering to the simple and effective daily suggestions of a strong recovery program, one will not have to face the greater difficulty of struggling with cravings, triggers, and temptation. Sobriety is not difficult, as long as we stick with the simple suggestions of a recover program designed to maintain our spiritual fitness.

A happy, joyous, and free life in sobriety is possible. You can make the courageous decision to seek help now and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings the highest quality behavior and addictions specialists together with spiritual guides and holistic experts to help you heal. For information about treatment options, please call today: 833-change1 (833) 242-6431