Staying Clean and Sober When Times Are Tough

The recent pandemic has been very difficult for many recovering addicts. In some cases, the intermediary homes they’ve been staying in have been forced to close; for others, the stress and anxiety of the situation has caused them to feel the pull back toward bad habits. For an addict, staying clean and sober when things are going well is hard enough, but when times are tough, it can be even more difficult. It’s in those times that you need to be sure you have the tools you need to get through.

A Strong Support System

Surrounding yourself with people who know how hard you’ve worked to get clean and sober and who support your efforts is important. This may or may not include family and friends, but it should always include your sponsor and your recovery team. Wasatch Crest has an active alumni program that serves as a bridge from treatment back into life and twelve-step recovery.

Attitude of Gratitude

We’ve talked about the importance of gratitude before, but we see it every day. Addicts in recovery who are able to recognize how far they’ve come, be proud of themselves for the journey they’ve endured, and can be grateful for not only the people who helped them get there but for their own efforts to recover tap into a power that can keep them going when times are tough. Think about where you were six months ago, a year ago, at your worst moments – and recognize how far you’ve come. Even if you’ve only just started the process of addiction recovery, you’ve taken an enormous and courageous first step.

Meditation and Mindfulness

In the worst moments – the ones that challenge you or make you reach back to old habits that no longer serve you – sometimes all you need is a few moments of turning inward. Breathe slowly. Slow down. Don’t allow yourself to be swept away by the constant barrage of seemingly unending bad news. Take a break. Go for a hike. Do something creative. Be mindful of how the world around you impacts what you feel and how you react.

We are dedicated to helping you overcome drug and alcohol addictions and reach full, lasting recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, or if you have a friend, family member, or other loved one with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call us. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Heber City, Utah, and to speak with a member of our experienced, caring team. We are eager to help you regain control of your life!

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