As your body got used to drinking several beers at the end of each day, you may have built up a tolerance to alcohol and found yourself increasing the amount that you consumed. Addiction can sneak up on an individual and begin to damage a person's body and mental state. If you have decided to go through with an alcohol addiction recovery program, prepare for the changes in your daily life and seek the aid of others who are also in recovery.
A Leave Of Absence Or A Reduced Workload
The length of time that you have been drinking, the severity of personal health or emotional problems, and how serious you are about abstaining from alcohol may have a bearing on whether or not you choose to take a leave of absence from work or request a reduced workload.
Some people are able to maintain their jobs while in recovery, but there are others who may find it challenging to give up alcohol and require a break from a routine schedule. Do what is right for you, and if you have feelings of uncertainty about your decision, speak to a counselor at the recovery center, to receive guidance.
The Ability To Forgive Yourself And An Effort To Come Clean
The guilt associated with binge drinking can be detrimental to your mental well-being. Mistakes may have happened, in which you hurt yourself or others in your life and it will take some time to come to terms with the reality of your situation. The first step to being able to move forward without alcohol is to forgive yourself for any wrongdoings. During your meetings with your counselor, take an in-depth look at yourself. Verbalize what you have dealt with in the past and what led you to begin drinking heavily.
New Friends And Healthy Activities
Being in recovery does not mean that all social activities need to be cast aside. Many people who have chosen to abstain from alcohol are happier in a sober state and have discovered a newfound love of activities that they didn't participate in when they were actively drinking. Recovery groups that are geared toward social activities outside of an outpatient center may encourage people to meet up with others and participate in some good, clean fun.
Rafting, hiking, team sports, swimming, singing, dancing, and crafting are some activities that people of all ages can enjoy without needing to consume an alcoholic beverage in order to appreciate an activity. If you lived a life of solitude during your active addiction or if you still feel somewhat uncomfortable in your own skin, take things slowly by signing up for one or two activities.