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Pursuing Sobriety

The new year is always a time of promise and change – it’s when we reflect on the past several months and how we feel about them. It’s also an opportunity to look ahead and seize the chance for growth. If you’ve conducted a personal inventory, you may have realized that your substance use has spiraled out of control. Beginning the new year with the goal of finding recovery is a very brave decision. To help you, we’ve created a guide for pursuing sobriety in 2020.

Create Accountability

The first step to getting sober is to enlist your friends and family members into the recovery process. Tell them about your intentions to stop drinking or using drugs – odds are that they’ve been looking forward to this news and will be excited to help you in your efforts. From that point, they can hold you accountable and assist you with finding treatment.

Invest in Yourself

It’s difficult to manage your finances when you’re in active addiction (or if you’re going out every weekend). Instead of throwing that money away on drugs and alcohol, use it towards your recovery. For some, this may mean investing in a residential addiction treatment program. For others, it may involve creating a budget for therapy, self-care or a quick vacation. Research shows that the longer an individual spends in treatment, the better their chances of lasting sobriety. We encourage you to pursue professional, accredited addiction treatment.

Avoid Boredom

One of the largest factors in relapse is boredom. If you have too much time on your hands, it’s tempting to fall back into your old habits. You can avoid this obstacle by finding a new hobby. If you’re unsure of where to start, look back to your childhood. Did you look forward to painting in art class or enjoy team sports? Those can be excellent outlets in your adult life, too.

Put Your Health First

If you’ve spent any amount of time doing drugs or drinking heavily, you’ve doubtless noticed that it takes a physical toll. By getting sober, you’ve already taken a great step to restoring your health. You can continue this momentum by eating nutritious meals, joining the gym or spending time outside. As your body recovers, you may be surprised by how much you’re capable of. Be sure to focus on your needs in recovery – this is how you will build a strong foundation in the days ahead.

Participate in AA or NA

One of the most impactful steps a person seeking sobriety can take is to involve themselves in a recovery group. Whether you choose to attend AA, NA or a group provided by your local treatment center, you may be surprised by how important a sober support network can be. Not only will you create another layer of personal accountability, but you’ll hear stories of men and women experiencing the same obstacles as you.

Change Your Routine

If nothing changes, nothing changes. You can’t expect to live by the same schedule, go to the same potentially triggering locations and spend time with the same old drinking buddies, all while maintaining your sobriety. These factors can jeopardize your newfound recovery. Instead, change things up; take a different route to work or schedule dinners with another group of friends. If you’re worried about the temptation to call up a dealer, delete those phone contacts. By taking small, actionable steps, you’ll be more likely to succeed in the long run.

Recover Your Life and Find Sobriety in 2020

At Cumberland Heights, we understand that recovery is a journey. We’re happy to help you along the way. Please contact our helpful admissions staff for information about our detoxification, residential treatment or outpatient services.

There are going to be ups and downs in recovery – and if you’re in the middle of a dark period right now, you’re likely feeling a bit lost. Anxiety, hopelessness and depression can make it seem like you’re never going to get to where you want to be – so why try? First and foremost, you must remember that your perception plays a major role in how you go about recovery. Bad days are going to occur – but you shouldn’t make any drastic decisions when you’re feeling at your lowest.

Optimism is about finding hope in the darkness, and, while it might sound cliché, it truly works if you set your mind to it. Even the realm of addiction recovery as a whole has come a long way. The Surgeon General reminds us of several improvements that have been made for those in recovery, such as:

  • Greater research that has led to more effective treatment programs
  • Support services like 12-Step programs (ex. Alcoholics Anonymous) give those in recovery better chances than before at building a life of sobriety
  • More preventative measures are being taken in communities to help people regain their strength in recovery
  • And more

Within treatment, we have to hold realistic expectations – that not every day is going to be perfect. During these down periods, we have to practice self-care and maintain positivity in the fact that we’re here, and we’re healing. We’re taking the necessary steps that are needed and, while we may have some setbacks, we are surrounded by people who are rooting for our success in recovery. Helen Keller captured the essence of optimism by once stating,

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Utilize the tools that you’ve developed in recovery so far, and don’t give up. Acknowledge that today you may be struggling, but you still have the power to overcome that through your perceptions. Reach out to those who support you – and remember that with enough hope, anything is possible.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.


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