“Believe you can and you’re half way there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Sobriety does not happen in a wink of an eye. It takes hard work, dedication and a lot of coffee. However, if you follow simple steps on how to get sober and stick with those steps, you can stay sober for good.
With the new year approaching, it may be tempting to start your live over and make better decisions. These decisions may include eating better, reading more or finally making the decision to live without Meth.
Living without Meth may sound like a scary prospect. It is possible you may feel that Meth is the only thing that makes life worth living. Though life may seem hard now, drugs and alcohol would only make it worse.
Once you detoxify your body and follow a treatment program, your life will blossom before your eyes. This blossoming will not happen overnight. However, each day you wake up and realize you’re living without what has been bring you down the past few months or years, the happiness the drugs made you feel will not compare to the happiness you feel when you realize you are really sober.
In order to feel this happiness, you will need the 12 steps to help get you there. You are going to start living in the now and embracing the change, removing yourself from toxic people and working a 12-step program. These three simple steps combined will help you live a life worth living for.
Embrace the Sober Life
“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Mary Kay Ash
Changing your life is intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to move across country or stop using Meth. It is natural for us humans to want to stay in our comfort zone.
Getting out of your comfort zone is what will save your life and help you get sober. When you have lived your life using Meth for years, taking it away will be a shock to your system. This shock is not just a physical shock- it is also a spiritual, mental and emotional shock.
With the physical shock, you will be able to detox your body with the help of medical professionals. When it comes down to the emotional, spiritual and mental shock, you can have others help you but recovery is entirely up to you. If you want to be sober you can be sober. All you have to do is take that initial step and embrace the beautiful change your life is about to take.
Going through this sober change, you may experience anxiety regarding what life is going to look life without Meth in a few years. However, in reality, all you have is today.
You live one day at a time. Who knows what is going to happen tomorrow and the past is already done. So instead of excessively focusing on the things you can’t control and will never be able to control, look more into the now and what you can do to be better for today.
Being better doesn’t have to be doing ten more push-ups than yesterday. Being better means doing good things for yourself and your life. Among one of these “good things” you can practice on a daily basis is removing toxic relationships from your life.
Out With Negative, In With Positive
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
When you rid your life of negativity, you’re allowing positivity to flow through. With the changes you’re going through, you need positivity to help keep you moving forward. Negativity lies in many toxic people, places and things.
An example of a negative person is someone who can be daunting to your recovery. This could be someone you used to drink with or the dealer who sold you Meth. Sometimes letting go of these people are hard because, once again, being comfortable is easier than being uncomfortable.
However, once you are strong enough to let go of these people, you are allowing yourself to grow.
Growth is an essential part of your sobriety and will teach you how to get sober. A great way to learn how to grow is by using the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
The 12-Steps Work
“Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.” -Dean Dauphinais
Working the 12-steps is what will tie everything together. You are going to learn how you are powerless over drugs and alcohol and how to live without them. You will also meet many, many people who are finding a new way of life- just like you.
Going to 12-step meetings doesn’t just help you live a better life, it teaches you that life doesn’t have to be perfect but Meth will not make it better- no matter how bad you want them too. You will learn, through the 12-steps, that all you need is a Higher Power.
This Higher Power can be nature, a large group of people, your pet hamster or Jesus. As long as you know in your heart there is something greater than you, getting you through the day without taking a drug, you’re on your way to a lifetime of sobriety.
You Can Get Sober
“Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow – today. Let it be a small beginning – a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today – every day.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
A lifetime of sobriety is a lifetime of happiness and a lifetime of happiness is something to be grateful for. Not many people make it out of Meth addiction alive. In fact, according to American Addiction Centers, in just 2014 alone, there were a total of 3,400 deaths due to Meth overdose.
An overdose can happen to you, it can happen to anyone. Which makes it all the reason in the world to get sober and stay sober. If you live in the moment, remove the toxic out of your life and work a 12-step program, you won’t have to worry about becoming a statistic.