During addiction, many of us engage in unhealthy lifestyles. As we experience the pull of addiction, we find our lives fall out of balance, leading us to environments, behaviors and social circles that undermine our full happiness and potential. Once we overcome drug or alcohol addiction, we can experience a life that carries deeper meaning, healthier interactions, dignity, and achievements we never before thought possible. At Sober Place, we recognize the impact addiction can have on all areas of our lives–and the challenges and opportunities sobriety brings. From discussions on addiction issues in the workplace to step-by-step guides to building your new sober environment, we offer practical resources to help you build a satisfying sober lifestyle.

Addiction Recovery in the Workplace

Coming to terms with an addiction can have an impact on your work life. From the decision to tell an employer about your drug or alcohol addiction to drug testing at work, dependent individuals can find themselves fearful when an addiction comes to light. After addiction rehab, dealing with workplace pressures, clients and coworkers can also pose unique challenges for those recovering from addiction. From interactions with Human Resources to explaining time away from the office for treatment, we offer practical advice for dealing with your recovery on the job.

Finding a Sober Network

The changes we make during addiction recovery sometimes mean changes to our social circles. As we step away from relationships that involve drugs, alcohol or abuse, we may find ourselves without strong social support. Finding a sober network allows us to forge healthier relationships with those who understand our addiction and can help support us in recovery. By finding emotionally healthy activities, friendships, mentors and partners, we can find satisfying and authentic interactions as we embark on our new, sober lives.

Creating a Sober Environment

After we find sobriety at inpatient rehabilitation centers, the next step is creating a sober environment at home. Creating a stress-free environment that supports your new, sober lifestyle begins with the removal of addiction triggers and continues as you build a safe place for healing. Whether you’re creating a healthier kitchen, organizing your home office, making positive music selections or redecorating for a more positive environment, you can learn to make the space you live in conducive to your recovery and continued healing.

Setting Sober Goals

During drug or alcohol addiction, we can feel that our lives are without purpose, or that we’ll never achieve the dreams we have for our future. By learning to set reasonable goals and break them down into actionable steps, you can begin to build self esteem and pursue long-held achievements. As we replace the crutches of alcohol and drugs with healthy coping mechanisms and heal our self esteem, we can learn to tackle any challenge that comes our way–and forge new ground as we actualize our newfound ambitions.

Establishing a Healthy Routine

When we struggle with addiction, our daily routines often end up affected as we schedule our lives around drug or alcohol use. While inpatient rehabilitation often helps us establish a balanced lifestyle, many people struggle with the creation of a healthy routine upon returning home.  Healthy routines start with regular sleep schedules and include scheduling time for all parts of sober living.

Learning Self Care

In drug and alcohol addiction, we often overlook our own needs–choosing instead to offer ourselves the shortcuts of drug and alcohol. During recovery, we relearn how to care for ourselves as we repair our self esteem and pursue healthier ways of filling our needs. In sober living, we learn not only to let others give to us, but to learn how to give to ourselves–whether taking care of our basic health and emotional needs, spending quiet time alone or pampering ourselves with small rewards.

Relaxation & Leisure in Sobriety

One of the most often overlooked parts of recovery is regaining a sense of true pleasure. Sometimes we have associated relaxation so frequently with drugs or alcohol that we feel at a loss for leisure activities once we enter sobriety. As we learn to relax and take pleasure in life’s simplicities, we reaffirm our self worth and allow ourselves to rejuvenate for the challenges and opportunities life brings us next.