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What NOT to Do in Early Recovery

You may have been hearing a lot about what to do, what changes you need to make, and how to go about living your new life in recovery, but there are also some things that you should avoid. Sobriety is a life-long learning process and you will encounter bumps along the road, but you will also experience a lot of joy. To keep moving forward and on the strait and narrow, avoid the following:

  1. Dating – Don’t start a new relationship in your first year of recovery. It will go by faster than you know, and staying single while working on yourself will benefit you in the long run.
  2. Hanging around your old drinking/using spots – Don’t go to the bar to play pool or shoot darts, and don’t go to the club because you miss the music. There are plenty of other places that you can go that won’t threaten your sobriety.
  3. Avoiding gender-specific meetings – You may not be itching to attend a women’s or men’s meeting, but it is here where you will find your tribe.
  4. Turning into a hermit – Early recovery is awkward, but it is so for everyone. Don’t isolate yourself from the world; get out and go where the sober people are.
  5. Ignoring mental health issues – If you are depressed or are experiencing any other medical problems, see a doctor. People who don’t have a medical degree have no business telling you what to do about your mental and physical health. See your doctor and be sure to tell them you are in recovery.
  6. Going crazy with energy drinks – The newly sober seem to be enthralled with energy drinks. Studies have shown a possible link between their consumption and cocaine use, prescription stimulant abuse, and alcoholism. The caffeine in the drinks target the same areas of the brain that these drugs do, so keep this in mind the next time you feel like joining the energy drink bandwagon.
  7. Lying – Do not lie to yourself or others. The truth will set you free, and if you are accustomed to telling fibs, break the habit and start being honest. When you catch yourself lying, even it’s one that seems harmless, call yourself out on it, tell the person what happened, and let them know you’re working on honesty. They will appreciate your candor.

Are you struggling with alcohol or drug addiction? Call Resilient House today and begin a new life path tomorrow. We have the tools you need to live a successful, happy life in recovery. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Recovery is possible, and it can happen for you. Call now.