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Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Recovery is a lifelong battle.

There is no report card or final grade. A life filled with long-term recovery and a life in sobriety, is a life that will bring you happiness and joy. So much that it may leave you feeling undeserving of the gifts you have been given.

The trick to a lasting recovery is to constantly be growing. We must always be moving forward. If you are not growing, you are dying. This is especially true in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, or addiction of any kind.

Over the years, I have learned a few tips and tricks that enable me to keep growing and keep moving forward. I would love to share my experience with you in hopes that I may help someone in need.

Find What Works For You and Stick to It

Here is what works for me.

  • I call my sponsor most nights.
  • I go to the same meeting every Tuesday evening.
  • I exercise and I meditate after my runs.
  • I take care of my body.
  • I pray before I go to bed.
  • I stay connected to the people I love.

That is my recovery plan in a nutshell. Granted, there is a bit more to it than that, but I can safely say that as long as I continue to do those things, I will stay sober.

The real question is, what works for you?

Find what works, find what keeps you centered and keeps you spiritually fit and stick to it. There is always room for trying new things and we will get to that shortly.

Build A Routine

There is no question that my routine keeps me on the straight and narrow path.

I wake up at the same time every day. I go to bed around the same time every day. I get to work and leave work at the same time every day. Some days I stay late because I enjoy what I do, but my routine is important because when if I stay late too often, then I am missing out on other experiences that I enjoy.

Finding a balanced routine will make your life so much easier.

You won’t be wasting time and energy moving around. Your mind will be more focused. When I get off my routine, I notice that I get tired from all the extra thinking I have to do. I try to stay out of my own head as much as possible.

It took me some time to find my routine, and sometimes I admit I do feel like I get stuck on auto-pilot. When that happens it usually means it’s time for a vacation. So I unplug, I refresh and then I get back to it.

Take Care Of Yourself

My sponsor often reminds me that addiction is spiritual, mental and physical.

In addition, I abused my spirit, my mind, and my body. So in active recovery it is important that I take care of all three.

There is no question that physical health is usually what is lacking in recovering addicts or alcoholics. Abusing food, sugar or being slothful are all common replacements for the drugs and alcohol.

I am lucky because I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have always been interested in nutrition and how the body works. But this doesn’t mean you need to be a health nut to take care of yourself.

Be sure to get enough sleep. Be sure to eat vegetables. Be sure to exercise. You don’t need to run a marathon. Go for a mile walk around the block a few times a week.

Taking care of yourself is a bona fide method strengthen your sobriety, as well as improve your emotional and mental health. Exercise releases endorphins which creates a “natural high.” Not to mention it is a great stress relief.

Always look for ways to grow!

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Written by Tim S

 

Effects Of Long Term Drinking

Effects Of Long Term Drinking

Effects Of Long Term Drinking

The effects of long term drinking can be very damaging to the body and it’s important to know the risks involved.

Heavy drinkers often tend to miss meals or lack adequate diets and therefore suffer nutritional imbalance and have an impaired immune system. 

Alcohol gets transported to other parts of the body through your blood. The highest concentrations of alcohol are found in the brain, liver, heart, kidneys and muscles.

The amount of alcohol in a person’s blood is measured by the concentration of alcohol in the blood. The alcohol concentration is usually measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 milliliter (ml) of blood. This amount is considerably higher when someone has been drinking more alcohol than the body can handle.

The majority of alcohol a person consumes gets broken down in the liver. This is why liver problems are common with alcoholics.

Because most of the liver breaks down the alcohol, it is one of the principal body parts affected by alcohol abuse. One of the effects of long term drinking includes killing your liver cells which can lead to liver cirrhosis. Prolonged excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver cancer.

Approximately 90-98% of the alcohol is degraded by the body. Up to 5% is degraded by the kidneys via the urine. The rest leaves the body through sweat, breath and saliva (also through breast milk). When the body can’t handle all the alcohol and the liver is unable to break down the alcohol, you can go into an alcoholic coma (which can be fatal) and choke on your vomit.

The effects of long term drinking are devastating, not only to the body, but also to relationships.

Houghton House alcohol treatment center based in Randburg, South Africa, specialises in alcoholic treatment and recovery.  Houghton House has been helping patients to successfully beat their alcoholism for the past twenty years.

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Teen Binge Drinking: The Facts

What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism may cause a physical and psychological dependence.
Physical dependence: this form of dependence is due to two properties of alcohol.

  1. It is increasingly necessary to achieve the desired alcohol effect. This process is called tolerance.
  2. The body protests when no more alcohol is given. The protest is reflected in detoxification or withdrawal symptoms: feeling sick, trembling, feeling frightened.

The fact that alcohol can cause physical dependence means in practice that there is every chance the addict will continue to drink and also increasingly get used to combating the withdrawal symptoms.

Psychological dependence:
This is the real addiction. The alcoholic feels very uneasy if he/she is not intoxicated. There is a very strong desire (craving) for alcohol.

Both the physical and psychological dependency is partly explained by processes occurring in the brain. Chemicals get released in the brain when alcohol is broken down because a busy spot in cell metabolism is normally occupied by other substances. After a long period of non-drinking, the natural process in brain cells recover.

Chronic alcoholism:
We speak of chronic alcoholism when repeated attempts to drink less or stop alcohol consumption fails and the alcoholic always falls back into the old pattern of drinking.

The Houghton House Group drug rehabilitation treatment centre is located in Johannesburg (South Africa). The treatment programs that form the group provide specialist treatment in alcoholism problems and have been treating patients for over twenty years.

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