Progress in alcohol addiction recovery

Living a sober life is about more than just quitting drinking or using. It’s about cultivating a healthy lifestyle and healthier coping mechanisms. You’ll be so emotionally, mentally and physically at peace that the desire to drink or use will no exist. Here are 15 ways you can do so.


1. Meditate for 20 minutes every day. Studies have shown this can prevent relapse.

Researchers at the University of Washington studied 286 people who had successfully completed a substance abuse treatment program, and randomly assigned them to one of three groups: mindfulness meditation, a 12-step program, and a traditional relapse-prevention program.

They found a treatment program that incorporates mindfulness meditation was more effective in preventing relapses over the long term, compared with traditional addiction treatment approaches, according to Reuters. One year after treatment, about 9 percent of participants in the mindfulness program reported drug use, compared with 14 percent of those in a 12-step program, and 17 percent in a traditional relapse-prevention program.

About 8 percent of participants in the mindfulness program also reported heavy drinking after one year, compared with about 20 percent in the other two groups. The findings appear in JAMA Psychiatry.

2. 1. Reach Out and Touch Someone – Literally
Being in physical contact with someone you care about is an automatic stress reliever. Hugs and holding hands with the people you care about are therapeutic for the both of you. In fact, a study conducted by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a massage can actually boost your immune system and make you more content.

3. Be Giving
Find ways, even if they are small, to give to others. Stop to talk with someone and lend an ear, offer to assist a friend in need, or volunteer at a local charity. You will begin to view your own problems with a new perspective, and you will feel better about yourself by realizing that you can make a difference in the lives of other.

4. Surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through

4. Keep a consistant schedule

Go to bed (9-10pm) and wake up early (6-7am).

  1. Sign up for a local gym and attend 3-4 times a week.
  2. Take weekly lessons for a sport you enjoy.
  3. Fill your bookshelf with new reading material.
  4. Stock up on delicious and non-processed food and beverage items (no sodas).
  5. Plan your meals each week without overdoing it.
  6. Attend local events (art shows, sporting events, live music).
  7. Travel to places you’ve never been before.
  8. Buy an assortment of herbal teas.
  9. Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  10. Distance yourself from toxic people who make you feel less than amazing.
  11. Pick up a new hobby such as photography, drawing, reading, writing, golf, tennis, or basketball.
  12. Utilize a daily planner and to-do lists to make the most of your day.
  13. Spend time outdoors and in the sun to get vitamin D and fresh air.
  14. Keep track of your goals and aspirations.
  15. Learn new skills to better your career.
  16. Spend quality one on one time with those you love and who make you laugh.
  17. Let go of regrets from the past.
  18. Maintain stable relationships.
  19. Keep a level head and learn patience when necessary so that anxiety does not get the best of you.