The Bible says to “hold fast to what you have attained” (Revelation 2:25). Let’s consider five ways to do that with your sobriety.
1. Celebrate milestones. If you’re in a 12-Step program, you understand this. It is important to celebrate the hard work of recovery and to use this as a motivation for further success.
2. Know your triggers. Relapse is the predictable outcome of not processing your triggers. Know and prepare for your triggers, which might include: stress, loneliness, anger, finances, hunger, and lack of sleep.
3. Avoid old habits. Change your route to work, the crowd you hang out with, the shows you watch, and the places you go.
4. Build healthy connections. Replace toxic relationships with connections with others who share your commitment to recovery.
5. Embrace structure. Structure is your friend. Plan a daily schedule that includes recovery activities. Then stick to that schedule.
Recovery Step: You can stay sober. But you have to be intentional. Start with the five suggestions listed above.