Have you thought about relocating in recovery?
I made that choice and I know without a doubt that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
When it comes to being happy and healthy in life, you will often have to make sure that you’re making yourself and your sobriety a priority.
Yet, when there’s quite a lot that you have going on in your life, it’s going to be important for you to make sure that you’re trying to minimize distractions.
If you know that you have certain triggers. Then it’s always going to be important for you to either stay away from them or at least keep them at bay. Moving to stay away from drugs, people, and places are something that we have to do in certain situations. You need to make you and your sober life your top priority.
You Are The Problem
Before we dive into why relocating in recovery is a damn good option, let’s cover the problem with that. Everyone will say this and it annoys the hell out of me but it does need to be addressed.
If you aren’t ready to stay sober then you won’t. No matter where you go, you will be able to find the same type of people and the drugs that you crave.
I’m sure you have heard that “you always take you with you”. Until you are ready to heal and change, your problems will follow you.
Quality of Life
On the other hand, if you get sober and start doing better then relocating in recovery is a really great thing. You can get away from the people you got high with, the places you know all to well, not as many triggers, not as many bad memories, and you can make it a fresh start.
Yes, this will mean that you need to make quite a lot of changes. And yes, some of those will be more drastic than others.
Such as choosing to move to enjoy a better quality of life.
Get Out of The City
Yet, there is more HUGE tip that I have for you. If you truly are ready and choose to start over somewhere new. Then move to the country or suburbs, not the city.
It may even be in your interest to live in a remote location. Let’s take a look at why it might be great for you.
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1. Peace & Quiet
First of all, you may find that you the peace and quiet that you get with living out of the way of the hustle and bustle, is priceless.
A quiet, slower life can be so good for your mind and body. And when you want to stay sober, you can really enjoy the experience much deeper too.
2. Minimal Distractions
Another bonus to being in a more remote area is that distractions are minimal. You don’t have instant or easy access to bars or friends that drink. Or the ability to walk next door or call a jitney to your drug dealer’s house.
When you take yourself away from it all, it’s much easier for you to focus on your, your health, and your sobriety.
3. Quality Of Life
As a step on from that, you’ll also find that country living provides you with a better quality of life.
The chaos isn’t constant so you slow down. You’re enjoying better air and a better atmosphere. You are not in a stressful place so both physically and mentally, life is better.
Living out of the mix of things, you can now start to prioritize different interests and hobbies that you might have. Which will allow you to avoid focusing on toxins.
4. Health & Happiness
Once your sober life begins to fall into place and life is increasingly better. And being away from the crazy chaotic lifestyle will without a doubt improve your own health and happiness.
Because when you’re trying to stay sober, you need to make sure that you’re making the healthiest changes possible. And not being in the middle of the city will do that.
I’m not telling you to move to a place that looks like some remote location out of a horror flick. Places you are so cut off from society that the only emergency services you will have is access to air ambulance companies a sheriff that covers the entire county. That is unless you want to.
Truthfully, the difference between city life and country life is incredible. The improvement in your health and attitude will prove that.
5. A Complete Change
You may even find that you just need to have a complete change in your life. And when this is the case, it’s so important for you to think about doing something drastic like moving to somewhere completely different.
Relocating In Recovery Is A Change
It is a change for the better.
Hell yes, it can be really scary. But at the same time, you’re going to find that this change is what allows you to create a better life for yourself and to enjoy sobriety on your own terms too.
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