Creating a sobriety toolkit

Happiness comes at a price especially for those who have tasted bitterness for long. The path is full of challenges that test an individual’s grit and determination all through. When a person completes treatment for an addiction, he or she enters the recovery phase. It is during this phase that a sobriety toolkit can help a person to remain on the sober path. The toolkit is nothing but a coping mechanism—comprising resources— one can use during recovery and prevent a relapse.

Here are some of the indispensable contents of the toolkit:

Resources: These are the things, such as self-help books, printed positive affirmations, printed addiction recovery success stories, podcasts, audio files, YouTube videos, etc.—that can help one navigate through stressful times and not fall back into the addiction trap.

Support system: This comprises people who were instrumental in helping a person quit addiction and who continue to encourage him/her. These could be addiction specialists, mentors, counselors, team members, family members or friends. It’s a good idea to keep their pictures, videos and contact details so that during vulnerable times, one can reach out knowing they won’t be disappointed.

Activities of interest: These are some activities or hobbies that one discovers during the recovery phase. It is essential to stay busy and occupy the mind in meaningful activities that can keep the focus of the recovering person away from the triggers. The activities may include gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, volunteering or any sport.

Nutrition: It is extremely important to include a nutritious diet as it support’s  recovery. One must focus on eating wholesome foods, and fiber-rich items, fortified with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. One should avoid processed foods, sugar and caffeine. Daily intake of fresh and green leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach, kale and lettuce along with fresh seasonal fruits helps in building immunity and provide necessary strength to the body.

Tools for mental strength: Yoga, meditation, spirituality and mindfulness are some of the tools, which can help one build resilience over a period and overcome the possibility of relapse.

Relaxation tools: After a long day at work, one may feel tempted to have a single glass of wine or a puff of pot but gradually, one attempt changes into several and the risk of falling prey to addiction arises again. When the mind is relaxed, one’s decision-making abilities are better. Listening to soothing music, going on a long drive with a friend, watching a comedy movie, writing a journal or talking to a friend are some of the ways one can relax the mind if he or she feels the urge to try the substance again.

Other resources: These include attending group meetings, sipping non-alcoholic drinks, hitting the gym, using essential calming oils or shopping.

Leading an alcohol-free life

Many a times, despite the presence of numerous resources in the toolkit, one feels the urge and the desire to go back to previous habits returns. Self-help strategies do help in diverting the mind but they are not a substitute for proper medical care. It is essential to immediately get in touch with the addiction specialists to get back on the recovery track. Recovery is a life-long process and one might hit the roadblocks often. With the help of the toolkit and guidance of an expert, one can sail through difficult times.

If you or your loved one is addicted to alcohol and looking for help, contact the experts at Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline for immediate assistance. Call us at our 24/7 helpline 866-220-5381 to know more about the best alcohol dependence treatment in Florida. You may also chat with one of our online representatives for expert advice regarding credible alcohol rehab centers in Florida.

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