Adjusting to a sober lifestyle for an addict can be a scary transition. Of course, everyone’s sober journey is unique to them. Whatever we had been addicted to was a crutch and as soon as we get rid of that crutch, we have to face reality. Those who look at this as a negative experience are missing the very point of sobriety. Sobriety is positive; Reality is freedom.
Setting goals while in recovery and getting sober can make a huge difference. Use the SMART Goals acronym. Create specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. You can make goals that are short-term and some that long-term. Short term goals are typically around a month, while long-term goals can be a year or more. Going to an alcohol treatment center or addiction treatment center may be your first step.
Have you found yourself asking around for opportunities as a woman in recovery? Talbot House hosts a monthly potluck on the first Thursday along with a Women’s Recovery speaker. This gives an opportunity for the women of the recovery community to come together and support one another. The speakers give words of encouragement and stories about their experiences to help those going through addiction and recovery.
If you are in recovery, you know that staying busy with sober activities is crucial. Do not even give yourself an opportunity to start turning back to your addiction. With the beautiful weather appearing and the option of staying outside longer, gardening is a wonderful hobby that we certainly recommend! Think of the growth of your garden like the growth you have witnessed through your recovery journey.
Bird are chirping, flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer…. signs of spring are slowly showing themselves. Winter is finally over and to some that is glorious! The season change from winter to spring can remind us of our sober journeys. In the winter, our surroundings may be dull and depressing. Almost all of the plants have died and the bright colors of fall have disappeared.