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Staying Sober in the New Year: 4 Critical Points You Should Keep in Mind

Staying Sober in the New Year: 4 Critical Points You Should Keep in Mind

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For anyone struggling with an addiction, getting sober and quitting booze or drugs for good is often at the top of the New Year’s Resolution list.

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, this is a good one to have. However, it isn’t always as simple as quitting, so developing this mindset at the start of the year is a good place to start.

In this article, we will discuss some key actions to take as you begin your sober journey in the New Year, as well as how to keep your New Year’s Resolution sobriety promise.

1. Accountability is a Priority (Burn the Bridges)

When you decide to take your first (or re-step) into sobriety, this should be at the top of your to-do list.

Getting accountable entails telling others, such as close family, friends, or community groups, that you have decided to live an addiction-free life.

We can never quit on our own strength, especially when addiction has such a strong grip; in fact, it’s one of the most common mistakes people make when they first get sober.

Make this step simple; simply inform people that you will not be drinking this year. Something as simple as accountability burns bridges and reduces our chances of ever turning back.

Learn in greater detail how to burn your bridges in this article.

Understand Substance-cues 

After long periods of sobriety and while writing Hacking Your Addiction, I discovered certain scenarios or events that triggered or exacerbated cravings.

I reasoned that if we could better understand these substance-cues, or “triggers,” as I call them, we could improve stress adaptation and shift our coping mechanisms.

Substance-cues are simply opportunities for relapse, or familiar scenarios that your body associates with the addiction or the feel-good sensation that results.

I discuss more on substance-cue’s over in this article and provide more context and examples, definitely give this one a read!

Start the New Year with Good Habits

It’s all too easy to become so focused on our New Year’s Resolutions and our sobriety journey that we fail to fill the void that was once filled by alcohol-induced activities.

Getting sober is one thing, and understanding our substance-cues is another, but if we don’t cover some basic foundational habits, such as our health, our journey will be much more difficult.

In this article over here, I discuss 5 simple habits you should develop to maintain long-term sobriety.

Be-friend Failure

The last note to keep in mind is that failure is never a bad thing, and in fact, using it for positive growth will only extend your sobriety and create a successful sober new years resolution.

Failure is your stepping stone towards success, and when following the sober journey, can help you establish a monumental purpose.

Every time we make a mistake, it’s as if our internal compass is gently nudged in the right direction.

Failures define our efforts to achieve greater success, and our willingness to act regardless of the consequences.

To learn a bit more about this concept, read this article on Addiction Relapse: The Importance of Failure in Long-term Sobriety

Using Supplements during Sobriety Hardship

We’re all human, and at times staying sober can be difficult no matter the situation, especially when we’re just starting.

This is why using Supplements to our advantage can be a massive help, such as N-Acetyl-Cysteine or Glutamine, which can do wonders for cravings.

If you’d like to learn more about these supplements, I recommend some articles such as Alcohol Cravings: 3 Supplements That May Help You Stop Drinking For Good and Creatine: Could This Widely Used Sports Supplement Be Used to Curb Addiction?

The Takeaway

Kicking off the New Year with a goal to push alcohol and drugs to the side is absolutely life-changing, it’s like having a superpower.

I have never been a fan of setting New Year’s Resolutions, but when it comes to sobriety, it can be the best time to turn your life around, especially if you’re struggling with addiction.

We can achieve long-term sobriety if we take the right actions and steps, such as holding ourselves accountable, removing substance cues, and developing good habits.

If you have any questions regarding this article, reach out.


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