Stay Sober: How To Live After Opioid Dependence
We all know the sober life is hard. It can seem easy to some: just don’t use, but it’s more than that. It’s a constant mix of ups and downs. Learning how to handle the struggles life throws at you without self-medicating is a new endeavor for a lot of people.
Addiction isn’t a death sentence, not really, just a life sentence. That’s because, for many, the fight not to use is going on every single day for the rest of their lives.
A cure doesn’t exist, and relapses are common. But it’s not even about how long you stay sober, it’s that you keep trying. It’s that you want to be sober.
Paths to recovery are individual and can be hard to find or even stick to. Rehabs often are short stints of one to two weeks, unless you can afford a place to keep you longer. Then after that, it feels like you’re alone. You’re not alone though, not really.
Drugs can spend an entire life in a short amount of time, change everything. But it takes more than a quick trip to rehab to repair the damage left behind. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. They think it’s as easy as quitting drugs, leaving them behind. You have to really dedicate your entire life to turn yourself around, of finding new ways to cope.
Support groups exist to help out addicts. They’re there to provide support to everyone through all walks of life. Some people go maybe once a week, others go even twice a day. It’s a different formula for many people, but it’s almost necessary at times.
Obviously, it can take more than a support group, but knowing other people are also struggling can help you persevere. A lot of the time moving to a new city can help, away from old “friends” or contacts, or triggering places. A fresh start helps give that sense of starting over.
Changing up a diet, finding new hobbies, and working hard are all good ways to not only help your life after addiction but distract you. This is necessary so that you don’t fall back into your old ways.
Life is messy and complicated, and some people just don’t know how to deal with it without drugs. But staying sober is worth it when you realize there is so much to add to your life.