How to stay sober?

You decided to quit. Not on your job, but on your bad habits: taking drugs or heavy drinking, or maybe both. How to be successful in staying sober?

How to stay sober?
Get sober, stay sober, live sober!

You decided to quit. Not on your job, but on your bad habits: taking drugs or heavy drinking, or maybe both. How to be successful in staying sober?

Rule number one: Stay away from people who drink or do drugs. If you think that you can keep old friends and gain new habits, you are wrong. For people who try to stay sober, people who drink or do drugs are a trigger to go back and continue from where they stopped. Don't expect those people to talk about spending the weekend sober or without drugs. They will talk in front of you because that is their life. At some point, you might hear the following: Ok, I support you but let's take one more line this weekend because it is going to be the last one! Let's have fun because you are boring now. WRONG! Your last time was the last time you decided to stop. You don't plan how to get wasted and that to be your last time. Same as it is for the people who want to go on a diet. This is going to be my last KFC meal. And it is never the last one. That is why it is called addiction. If you want to succeed in this you have to be clear with yourself. 

Rule number two: Spend more time with people you love and people who support you. Spend time with your wife. Spend time with your father and help him fix the sink. Spend time with your children because in their smiles you will find a million reasons to stay sober.

Rule number three: Exercise. Run, or walk or hike. It will be hard in the beginning, but exercising will help you a lot. First of all, set yourself a goal. To clean the toxins from your body. Lose weight. Strengthen your legs. Over time, exercising will become your new addiction. Because once your body gets used to it, it will ask you for more of it, continuously, daily or weekly. After all, you will be tired because of the exercise, you will fall asleep easily instead of thinking endlessly about how to stay sober.

Rule number four: If you don't work, start working immediately. Walk the dogs of the neighbors to get a job at IT company if you are skilled. 

Rule number five: Help others who are in the same trouble as you are. Those communities are made for people to help each other. By helping others you will help yourself. 

Rule number six: Reach out for help if you need it. The AA meeting is just around the corner.

 

And there are many other things that you could do. Fell free to add something in the comments. We are here to help each other.