Step 9: Going to Any Lengths For My Sobriety

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

Making the decision to become sober and remain abstinent from a substance that you have previously been addicted to is a life-changing decision.

group of friendsYour life ultimately depends on your sobriety and your choice to become sober is one that should be supported with appropriate help, treatment, and resources.

In the process of becoming sober, you may find that you are faced with difficult decisions, and it will essentially be up to you to make the choices that are upholding and supporting your sobriety.

Life-style Change

Many individuals recovering from addiction and choosing sobriety understand that this is essentially a life-style change. This may require eliminating relationships that had previously been toxic to your life or removing yourself from an environment that may have been triggering to your addiction behaviors.

Making these choices are not easy by any means, especially when you are forced to say goodbye to people or places that were a significant part of your life.

Having a strong support system is fundamental during your recovery journey from addiction. Surrounding yourself with individuals who are recovery minded and also making positive decisions to support their own sobriety can be the encouragement you need to do the same thing in your own life.

Staying connected to a mentor can also help keep you accountable, especially when you find yourself lacking the strength to make the tough decisions that will uphold your recovery efforts.

Protect Sobriety

guy leaning on chain link fenceAs difficult as this journey can be, know that you are doing what is necessary and of the highest priority in order to protect not only your sobriety but your life.

If you find yourself struggling to make decisions that positively support your sobriety efforts, be sure to get plugged in to treatment and support.

Having regular treatment can give you the much-needed structure you need to secure a strong foundation for your sobriety.

Know that your life is absolutely valuable and worth the efforts you are making to stay sober and in recovery from addiction.

Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!

Have you been in recovery from an addiction? If so, what are some of the most difficult aspects you have encountered in terms of maintaining your sobriety? What encouragement might you offer to other individuals in a similar situation?


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About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.


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