Tips to Prevent Alcohol Abuse Relapse

You’ve come a long way in your recovery from alcohol abuse, but staying sober is going to require conscious, dedicated effort for quite some time. Luckily, there are plenty of strategies that can help you maintain your sobriety and keep your life in order.

Stay busy! Many people in recovery have said that cravings tend to return when they’re bored. Since an idle mind can lead you into temptation, keep it busy. Rekindle your love for an old hobby, or dive into something that you’ve always wanted to try. When you’re busy you have less time to dwell on problems and become tempted to indulge in bad habits.

Exercise and eat healthy foods. The exercise will help you with the goal of keeping busy, but aside from that, feeling healthy will change your perspective on how you treat your body. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and fight depression. And when you’re eating healthy foods you’ll look and feel better. Remind yourself that alcohol is poison and will undo all your hard work.

Make the right friends. It’s probably pretty obvious that hanging out with people who abuse alcohol or tend to enable others will lead you bad down a bad path. But being around positive, supportive people will not only help you avoid temptation, but also help you fight it. Make friends with people who enjoy hobbies or activities that don’t involve alcohol. Others who are recovering from addiction can also be a source of support, provided you don’t dwell on the topic together or enable one another to slip up.

Stay positive. Negative thinking can lead to depression and relapse, while positive thinking keeps you moving forward and making healthy, responsible choices. If thinking positively is a challenge, seek out a good therapist who helps you learn to recognize signs of negativity and manage your thought patterns. This skill will not only aid your recovery, but will benefit the rest of your life as well.

Change your environment. If you return to your same patterns and go to your same old hangouts, you could be more likely to relapse. This is where a sober living environment comes into play. After you get clean, staying somewhere different to establish new patterns and a new lifestyle can help you to avoid falling right back into the same old mistakes.

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