There comes a time in everyone’s sobriety when the pink cloud dissipates, and the reality of what life is really like without the use of mind-altering substances sets in. Dealing with life head-on takes courage and stamina that has to be built up just like everything else you do although you may not know how to. Sure, logically you understand to show up on time, or that you have to pay your bills, but what probably confuses you the most is how to handle the stress and anxiety that continues to occur.
Figuring out how to function in the not-so-fun circumstances which continue to happen day in and day out can be daunting. Learning how to deal with unruly personalities that invoke hurt feelings, resolve your shame and guilt so that the smallest incidents will not make you want to curl up in fetal position, and work through the pain which can give you a more optimistic outlook are just a few of the attributes gained from living life on life’s terms. We have a few ideas that can help you to get over the never-ending bumps in the road that will only make you stronger if you get through them sober.
Don’t wait for the other shoe to drop.
Instead, take both shoes, put them on your feet, and keep moving forward. Things are bound to happen because life will get lively at times and how you respond to it all is everything. Try to be unafraid of what happens next and use your recovery tools to help you through the rough patches.
Don’t solely rely on others.
One of the main aspects of a recovery program is to be of service to one another, but this can be a slippery slope. You have to have the ability to navigate through the rough waters that lie ahead by from doing things for yourself with the support of others. Taking action is one of the things that will not only strengthen your sobriety but will also build your character.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Discerning what is important and what is trivial might be rather confusing at first. Find your person whether it is a sponsor, a trusted friend, a pastor, or a therapist and work out the issues, big or small, that plague you on the daily. Get rid of the baggage that is holding you back and set yourself free.
Living life on life’s terms is a good goal to work towards because being present in your life to handle situations as they arise just feels good. You might have some apprehensions along the way, but just know this is a normal part of living life on life’s terms.
Pinnacle Recovery gives you and your loved ones a safe, beautiful place to heal, with the knowledge and tools you need to make a full, successful recovery. We specialize in inpatient rehabilitation, trauma recovery, AA programs and AA alternatives, experiential therapy, dual diagnosis, family therapy, co-occurring and dual diagnosis addictions. We also offer a wide range of sober living and intensive outpatient treatment programs. Call 1-866-301-0573 today for more information.