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What Are Suggestions For Keeping It Simple?

They say Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is a simple program for complicated people. You can substitute the 12-step program of your choice – Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.), Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.), Overeaters Anonymous (O.A.), or any other – and the sentiment is the same. That idea also holds true for your program in a treatment center and in therapy: We addicts can complicate the hell out of anything. The first concept we must master is, “Keep it simple!”

Experienced hands at recovery like to offer a few simple suggestions for staying sober. Here are some of our favorites:

  • First and foremost: Stay in treatment! In 12-step programs, you’ll hear it expressed this way: “Don’t drink, and go to meetings.” The same principle applies if your addiction is to drugs, gambling, overeating, purging, compulsive sex, or shopping.
  • You’ll likely be introduced to the 12-step model during your stay at a treatment center, and your therapist may suggest it as well. Once you return to your daily life, you’ll hear, “Meeting-makers make it!” The idea is that if you bring your feet to a meeting, your head will follow.
  • Ask for phone numbers of sober group members, and call them. The telephone does not weigh 1,000 pounds. Dial your sponsor’s number and, after that, call someone else in your sober network. Repeat daily.
  • Men with the men, and women with the women. It is highly advisable that you not become romantically involved with someone new in your first year of sobriety. This will ensure that you’re focused first on your own recovery.
  • Remember to H.A.L.T: If you’re feeling hungry, angry, lonely or tired, STOP before you’re tempted to relapse. Or, simply put: Eat, pray, love, and sleep.
  • Be good to yourself. You’ve already spent far too long mistreating yourself in active addiction. Now it’s time to indulge moderately in life’s simple pleasures.
  • Beware of People, Places and Things. Be on the lookout for triggers. You’ll likely have to make a new group of friends and let at least some of the old ones go. You’ll have to go out of your way to avoid places where you used to practice your addiction. You’ll also need to purge your home of the “instruments of destruction”: all traces of drugs or alcohol, including corkscrews, wine or shot glasses, beer cozies and the like – in short, anything you associate with your addiction.  

Keep the journey to recovery simple by taking the first step today. Detox is the first step in the recovery process. The Gardens Wellness Center offers comfortable residential medical detox programs to fit your every need. Call us today for information:  (844) 325-9168