- Stay connected with your sponsor and others in sobriety.
- Set firm boundaries with old friends that may be weary of the new you. If they want you to “hang out” like you used to before you “went away,” say no. Real friends won’t try to drag you down.
- Maintain open communication, not only with your sponsor and friends, but with your parents and therapists as well. Recovery is a net: if you weave a wide enough web, you are more apt to create an environment of emotional and physical safety.
- Develop a healthy exercise program. Sometimes, a good run or a long bike ride can clear a muddled mind. This is a great area to create a buddy system. If you don’t do it one day, you didn’t fail!
- Make realistic goals. You don’t have to do everything at once.
- Remember to be kind to your body: just because you’re sober doesn’t mean you can start poisoning your system with junk food.
- HALT: never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
- Show up no matter what. You’re not only showing up for others, you’re showing up for yourself and your sobriety.
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