As you think about no longer drinking alcohol, it may seem strange. What will you do? What will experiences be when it comes to socializing? The first year of sobriety is one of the most challenging times, but that doesn’t mean it has to be bad. In fact, there are many outstanding opportunities that are available to you. At Archstone Behavioral Health, our alumni program provides a way for you to remain in contact with your support system for community service projects and other activities.
First Year of Sobriety? What Does That Mean?
Make the decision to stop using alcohol. Once you do, you’re starting that first year of sobriety. There’s a lot of work that goes into this process. What you’ll find is that every day that you stay on the right track, the process will get easier and more rewarding. Consider a few expectations during this time.
- Triggers will happen. Triggers are people, places, experiences, and memories that make you think about or want to drink again. In treatment, you’ll learn how to recognize and overcome these.
- Stress will be a part of your life. There’s no doubt about it since stress is a part of most people’s lives to some degree. This time, you’ll have strategies to help you to manage these strategies.
- You may feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and feeling frustrated from time to time. In treatment, you’ll develop coping strategies to help you to get through those tough times.
- Support will be a big part of the process. Often, people in recovery need ample support even for small situations so they can move beyond those complications. That’s where our alumni program comes into play.
- Expect to feel better. As your body heals from the damage of drug and alcohol addiction, you’ll start to feel more energy and more alive. Take advantage of those times.
The first year of sobriety is a period of learning and growth. Many people will spend a lot of their time questioning the decisions they made before. You may feel anxious but ready to burst back into life with newfound motivation. At the same time, you may be terrified of facing the same challenges again or dealing with the relationships damaged by addiction.
Sober Living Means Recognizing the Need for Help
To be successful with sober living, you’ll need to have a plan to help you deal with all of these ups and downs. There will be times when you are thinking about using substances again. Having a plan to address this will be important.
During your time with Archstone Behavioral Health, you’ll be involved in numerous therapy sessions designed to provide you with real strategies for dealing with all of these situations. You’ll have the tools to rebuild relationships and strategies for managing stress.
In addition to this, we provide ongoing support through our alumni program and sober living program. Here, you’ll have a way of getting help and supporting others on their own journey. Having that connection allows you to remain connected to the healing and growth of addiction recovery.
Ready to get started? The key to sober living that first year is getting into treatment. Don’t try to do it alone. Instead, let our team and programs, such as the following, help you:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Residential treatment programs
- Psychotherapy program
Find the Support You Need at Archstone Behavioral Health
Look forward to the first year of sobriety. Even with ups and downs, it is the first step towards living a healthy life. Archstone Behavioral Health wants to help you get to that point. To learn more about the master level clinicians and beachside resort-style treatment center we offer, call us at 561.631.9478 or reach out to us now online.