Woot woot! You are a fighter. Being able to overcome your addiction and change for the better is one hell of a triumph. But your fight isn’t over yet. You have a lot of work to do. One of the first things you must do is know exactly how to take care of your sober self.
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Overcoming your addiction and staying sober is badass. There’s no other way to describe such a miraculous feat.
By choosing sobriety, you have put yourself on a much healthier path. If you would have stayed on your path of destruction, the outlook was grim. Sickness, diseases, mental health issues, poverty, overdose, rape, self-harm, abuse, and the list goes on.
Aren’t you glad you chose sobriety instead of all that harmful shit?!
4 Ways To Take Care of Your Sober Self After Addiction
Do yourself a favor and take your sobriety seriously. You went hard during addiction, nothing or no one stood in the way of your next fix. amiright?! Do the same in recovery.
Go hard. Go all in. Come on, it’s a second chance at life. It could be your last chance so, don’t do it half-assed.
The Healing Process
Narcotics, alcohol, or any mind-altering substance has no place in your body.
You put these chemicals in your body on a daily basis, continuously. These substances wrecked havoc on every part of your body, from the inside out, mentally and physically.
It’s going to take time to repair. That’s even if it can be repaired. Your sober self can begin the healing process once you choose to stop using drugs. It’s not going to be a quick fix.
I know that you don’t think about your health while in active addiction. I sure as hell didn’t. But once I got clean, I thought about it constantly. I don’t want to die. Just thinking about how nasty I was to myself made me sick. I knew I had to do something about it and I did.
Don’t wait. Get your ass in gear. There are things that you must do to take care of your sober self after addiction. Start now by doing these 4 things.
Have A Full Health Checkup Asap
Drugs and alcohol can and will cause serious damage to many areas of the body.
Obviously, the drugs and alcohol are toxic so partying on a regular basis is certainly not good for you.
Now add in the risky practices you participate in while under the influence and you could be in serious trouble. Anything from sharing needles to having sex you don’t even remember. You are now at risk for serious diseases or infections.
Don’t bury your head in the sand. If a similar situation occurred during your addiction then you need to get checked. No matter how long ago it was. Go to your doctor, local free clinic, or search ‘hospital near me’ and have a full health checkup performed asap.
At your health exam, you need to be screened for possible diseases, have your vital organs checked and generally be checked over to make sure everything is working as it should be. If any issues are flagged up, the doctor can recommend lifestyle changes along with the right care to ensure everything is managed as effectively as possible.
Hopefully, all goes well and you get a clean bill of health. Yet, as a recovering addict, you are most likely lacking certain vitamins and minerals your body needs. There are vitamins and supplements you can take.
Also, be sure to get a dental exam. Recovering addicts always have dental issues and dental pain is the worse.
Attend your future screenings
Besides having a complete physical right now, it’s just as important to take care of your sober self in the future too. Schedule regular appointments with a health professional and actually go to the appointments. Seriously.
Unfortunately, as a recovering addict, you are at high risk for many health issues. Being an ex-drinker or drug user, you will be at higher risk for certain conditions and cancers.
The best thing you can do is create a healthy lifestyle and stick to it.. You need to exercise, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and stay hydrated. This will give your body everything it needs.
On top of this, attend any health screenings you’re invited to based on your age and gender. Find out if there are additional tests your doctor would like to refer you for on a regular basis. This way, an illness can be caught early. The earlier an illness is detected, the easier it is to treat.
Keep tabs on your mental health
There are tons of reasons your mental health is affected as a recovering addict.
One reason is that drugs and alcohol can deplete the brains happy chemicals as well as send hormones out of whack for a while which can take time to recover from.
Another reason is having to deal with the destruction of your addiction, the wreckage of the past, and the pain without numbing yourself with chemicals.
Let’s not forget, that many recovering addicts have a dual-diagnosis, meaning they suffer from both drug addiction and mental health issues.
Get Real with yourself
How you choose to recover from your addiction is up to you. Yet, one thing is for sure. You have to go below the surface and get real with yourself. Dig deep and bring up the good times, the bad times, the pain, the sorrow, and the joy. All of this can be down with therapy.
In my own opinion, I think that everyone should have a therapist. An outside perspective from a qualified individual who does not know you on a personal level can provide you with insight that you can’t get anywhere else.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to another person about your deep dark secrets, then go another route.
WRITE. Writing is extremely therapeutic. Plus, it allows you to go back and examine your thoughts and feelings. You will be surprised at how much writing in a journal can and will help. Give it a try. You got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The truth of the matter is that no one knows how long they got. Life can be gone in an instant. Nobody knows when their time is up. You don’t have 9 lives.
You and I both wasted so much time killing ourselves. Did you ever read the following quote/saying?
Addiction is suicide on the installment plan.
It’s the sad truth. But…But…You can’t sit around feeling bad about the time you lost. You can never get it back.
This is your second chance. A change to really live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Start by doing these 4 things to take care of your sober self and go from there.
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