Landmark Recovery of Knoxville understands that entering back into the real world after the isolation of drug and alcohol addiction treatment can be challenging. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed with urges as a person in recovery when you are exposed to triggers or behaviors you no longer participate in. It can be especially hard to stay sober in a party city like gold old Rocky Top.
We want everyone who walks out of addiction treatment center to feel like they have the strength to combat these urges without experiencing the fear of missing out (FOMO) when they’re living their day-to-day lives with family and friends. Luckily staying sober in a city like Knoxville isn’t as hard as some people might think. It all starts with a commitment to recovery and doing what you can to avoid temptations that may lead to a relapse. This is a lot easier when you follow these steps?
So, you’re ready to re-enter the outside world after treatment – now what? Talk to your doctor about the best options for you to maintain your sobriety, whether that’s continuing therapy outside of treatment, finding a support group, or anything. Your sobriety is a vital part of your physical and mental health, so take care of it!
Continuing therapy after addiction treatment for as long as you need it is nothing to be ashamed of – in fact, it’s encouraged. A therapist specializing in addiction recovery treatment can help you stay on track and teach you coping mechanisms to deal with urges and peer pressure you may experience while trying to maintain sobriety.
Tell them upfront what you need from them. Whether you need them to hold you accountable in your sobriety, to be willing to participate in sober activities, or to just be patient with you as you navigate your new lifestyle – having a strong support system is vital in recovery. Ask them to watch over you and make sure you don’t give into temptation.
As mentioned earlier, a strong support system is imperative when maintaining sobriety and trying to get clean. Though easier said than done, you may want to evaluate the people in your life and whether they are holding you back from achieving your full potential. If your “friends” are still encouraging your old behaviors, it may be time to cut them off.
Experience the same “high” feeling in a healthier way by trying something new. There are four main happiness chemicals that are released in our brains – serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. Each one has its own impact on mood and when released, they create a positive “high” feeling. Picking up new hobbies, exercising, and being around people who make you smile are all ways you can release these chemicals and feel this sensation. We have a list of recovery-friendly activities in Knoxville for you to use as a resource to get these happy hormones pumping through your body.
There are many different non-alcoholic variations of your favorite drinks you could make. If you’re hosting a girl’s night or having friends over to watch the UT game, you search through Pinterest or check out Landmark Recovery’s blog for endless mocktail recipes. If you’re going out and still want to be a part of the fun, come up with a fun, non-alcoholic mixed drink to ask your server for. Just because you can’t have alcohol doesn’t mean your drinks have to be boring.
Antifragility is a great concept to understand for those in recovery. The core principle is that something that’s antifragile gains from disorder. Living an antifragile life is all about learning from everything and everyone around you by constantly developing new ideas and ways to stay sober while building up the strength to say no to participating in addictive behaviors. Antifragility is like emotional exposure therapy, but you continue to get stronger against your past addictions every time you say no.
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Interested in getting support while staying sober in Knoxville? Give us a call at Landmark Recovery of Knoxville today at 865-448-5174 for ways we can help you get your life back on track. We provide the resources you need to get sober, stay sober, and stay strong in the face of temptation.
We can help prepare you to live beyond addiction. Talk to a recovery specialist today.