Sobriety isn’t always easy. It isn’t something that you can just snap your fingers and wish for, but rather it takes concerted effort and willingness in order to obtain and maintain. It involves a total change of attitude and lifestyle, the likes of which most people never experience. And because of this, getting and staying sober presents itself with a number of unique challenges that can be difficult to contend with.
In the beginning, sobriety requires great physical dexterity, as you have to deal with the inevitable withdrawal symptoms that come about. You will more than likely feel terrible and if that is not enough, you will more than likely feel depressed, lethargic, and may even experience an obsession to use again.
Once this initial stage is over and you start to feel better both mentally and physically, you then enter into the second stage of recovery. The one where you are required to do work towards your sobriety— learning coping skills that will be necessary for your continued success. During this stage, you may have to dive into your past and revisit uncomfortable or traumatic experiences, and you will have to begin to learn how to navigate life without the crutch of drugs or alcohol.
As you move through this stage and build a foundation for your recovery, you will more than likely begin to reintegrate yourself back into society, which presents itself with a new set of challenges. You will have to learn how to deal with co-workers, financial issues, relational problems, etc., all without drinking or using drugs, and doing this can be tremendously overwhelming.
As difficult as all of that sounds, sobriety is worth it. Living a sober life is infinitely better than living a life consumed with substance abuse. Having clarity of mind and body and not having to be ruled by drugs or alcohol is the way that we are supposed to live. We were not meant to live drug to drug or drink or drink, but rather we were meant to be free. Free to choose the life we want, and free to be anything that we want to be.
However, sobriety does take work, and at times when it is difficult, it’s best to remember the 3 P’s of sobriety—perseverance, patience, and positivity. As corny as this may sound, the 3 P’s of sobriety are what you will need in order to have a successful recovery. You will need to persevere through the tough times, putting your head down and just making it through. You will need to be patient, as your life changes before your eyes, sometimes slower than you may want. And you will need to be positive because negativity does nothing but hinder your ability to change, and hamper your possibility at happiness.
The 3 P’s of sobriety are traits that most people who come into recovery lack. Many newly recovering people do not know what it means to persevere through hardship because when the going got tough in the past, they got high. They also do not know what it means to be patient because they have spent years chasing the instant gratification that substances offered. As far positivity goes, many have been depressed for years because of their substance abuse, and in the grimness that is addiction, finding the silver lining was all but impossible. But just because they initially lack these skills does not mean that they can’t be cultivated over time.
The first of the 3 P’s of sobriety, perseverance, is really just a state of mind. It is having a willingness to continue even when things get difficult. A person who is willing to get sober at any length will find perseverance an easy trait to come by, as they know that they do not have another option besides remaining sober. This does not mean that persevering through recovery is always easy, but a person who wants to stay sober will be able to preserve through anything.
Patience is something that no one really likes. All of us want what we want when we want it. We don’t like waiting for things, especially in this modern age of instant results, but recovery requires patience. It requires you to take things step by step and build on a firm foundation, rather than just jumping in headlong and hoping to change right away. The type of change required for sustained recovery takes times and the best way to make this process easier is by being patient.
Positivity is also a state of mind. It really is just a conscious effort to look on the bright side. This is not most people’s natural inclination and doing so, in the beginning, can be rather difficult. It can be tough to be faced with a difficult situation and choose to see the positive in it, but when a person does this, their life usually gets better. The reason for this is because choosing to be negative about situations in life doesn’t help the situation. It doesn’t make the situation any better, but rather it just makes you angry or sad, but by choosing to be positive, you can at least control your response to negative situations, even if you can’t change the outcome.
By having perseverance, being patient, and remaining positive, you can affect the outcome of your recovery. By simply cultivating these three attributes, you can learn to deal with even the most difficult of life’s problems, and you can maintain your sobriety through just about anything.
Seeking Treatment For Substance Abuse
If you find that you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from an addiction. Addiction is an actual recognizable disease and as such, you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. There are millions of people every year who need to seek help for addiction and alcoholism, and many have made it through their struggles to a life of recovery. So if you think you need help, then call the professionals at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call, to help you in any way they can.