10 Things to Remember During Early Sobriety
Being a woman in early sobriety can be very hard at times but it does get better. There are many tips on how to stay sane and sober. I made a list of 10 things to remember during early sobriety.
10 Things to Remember During Early Sobriety:
1. It’s all about progress not perfection; take a look at how far you’ve come.
2. It’s okay to be selfish at times; this is the time to do it.
3. Remember that yes and no are complete sentences. (Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to things and people that stress you out – Thema Davis)
4. An ungrateful alcoholic or addict is a high/drunk alcoholic or addict, stay grateful.
5. There are a lot of changes in early sobriety and they can be uncomfortable at times, keep putting one foot in front of the other.
6. Feeling your feelings again can be difficult, but you can get through it.
7. Learning how to deal with your emotional sobriety is something that takes time, be patient.
8. If you have one hand on another alcoholic/addict and the other on your higher power, you have no hands left to pick up a drink or drug, stay involved in the program and fellowship.
9. Go to meetings regularly and get a lot of female supports, the women in recovery are amazing and very good to have to support you
10. Remember that you are worth it, you are important and you are enough; strengthen your relationship with yourself!
Staying involved and connecting with other women is something that really helped me when I first got sober. It’s important to develop relationships and create a strong support system. Guys will grab you’re a**, but women will save it! Something else that really helped stay sober is to remember that I don’t know everything and to set aside any thoughts or judgments I had about the recovery scene and just be open to listening and willing to change.
Change can be scary and if you don’t have an open-mind and people around to support you, it can be near impossible to go through all of that change. Being sober is so new and different for an addict or alcoholic. We are so used to using drugs and alcohol to cope with all of our problems and now that our coping mechanisms are gone – we don’t know what to do! It can make a person go insane, so staying in the middle of the fellowship can definitely help.
Working with a sponsor and going through your steps is very important to get started on right away. For me, I needed to go through my steps immediately or I wouldn’t have stayed sober. Just sitting around in my halfway house would have made me even crazier than I already was. Going to meetings helped keep me out of my own head. This program is about helping others but in the beginning it is okay to be a little selfish. Just stick with the women with time and do what they do, and you’ll get what they got – sober and happy! If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-777-9588.