3 Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

3 Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

You have the power to control your life, and learning how to say no will keep you in control of it

The task of prioritizing tasks can be overwhelming, as many people go through life thinking there is too much to do and not enough time to do it. But prioritizing the different areas of life will help someone actually achieve her goals, which means she can lead her life the way she wants. Unfortunately, for those who abuse drugs or deal with addiction, life generally seems out of control: it is sporadic, disorganized and unpredictable. One of the biggest benefits of life in recovery is stability and order, and establishing priorities will lead to these benefits. This task is clearly easier said than done, as it will be hard enough to maintain a long list of priorities without adding addiction recovery into the mix. However, managing life while also staying sober is quite difficult, so your newly found sobriety must become your number one priority.

In that regard, relapse can put every other aspect of life into mayhem, so it is crucial that this quality remain someone’s top focus at all times. The inspiration is a life of recovery, so, to achieve the best health, wellbeing and overall health possible, you must balance tasks while keeping sobriety your utmost priority[1].

Listed below are three ways to make sobriety a priority:

  • Learn how to say “no.” This tip cannot be any simpler, and it can be so useful for many issues and challenges that occur during recovery. In short, be prepared to say no to problems and people you cannot handle. You have the power to control your life, and learning how to say no will keep you in control of it. Whenever an event, hangout, activity or issue will end up hindering your sobriety, then say no to it as soon as possible. If something will be too big for you to handle or cause anxiety or stress, then say no to it rather than risking relapse. If you learn how to condense the tasks in your life to manageable quantities, then you can prioritize sobriety without risking your health. In short, do not put yourself in a position where your sobriety is going to be threatened[2].
  • Walk the walk. You cannot simply want to lead a strong life in recovery without risking relapse, so you have to make it happen. You have to make your sobriety a priority and keep it your central focus in order to stay clean for the long haul. This process will involve an active lifestyle filled with events like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, support group events, counseling, therapy and etc. It will also help your sobriety efforts to build relationships with people who are also committed to a sober life. You could also read about addiction and sobriety as you take care of yourself and more. In short, you have to make recovery a part of your lifestyle, or it will eventually become overshadowed by all the other issues in your life[3].
  • Become a star juggler. Life does not stop during your recovery, so, to keep your sobriety as the number one priority, you must establish a sober routine. This task allows you to juggle well the other roles and responsibilities you have in life. A routine will help you stay on track, but it should only involve what issues you can handle. The stronger you become in your sobriety, the more aspects you will be able to implement into your sober routine. A healthy sober routine will create order and structure, which will help you avoid stress and feeling overwhelmed. This routine will also enable you to attend all the meetings and other recovery events that you need to continue staying sober.

With help, you can get and stay clean.

Find Help to Maintain Sobriety

When you decide you are ready for sobriety, there is no room for error. When you take on substance abuse or addiction, you must do it right. Seek the best help for your specific needs so you can stay clean for the long haul. Sure, you will experience slip ups here and there, but recovery is a process of trial and error, so, with the number of treatment options available, it only makes sense to find the best treatment possible. Make certain that you start recovery in the best way possible to prepare yourself for long-term sobriety.

Wherever you are in your addiction recovery, rest assured that you will always have help. To learn more about the options you have for getting and staying sober, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline at any time. Our admissions coordinators will answer your questions, address your concerns and provide all the information you need to begin rehab. Addiction does not have to control one more second of your life if you talk with a recovery professional today.


[1] Bohl, David B. (2008, March 11). The Critical Importance of Prioritizing to Live a More Balanced Life. The Positivity Blog: Happiness & Awesomeness Tips That Work In Real Life. Retrieved from http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2008/03/11/the-critical-importance-of-prioritizing-to-live-a-more-balanced-life/.

[2] Shallowhorn, Karl, MS. (2012, December 11). Making Addiction Recovery a Priority in the Holiday Season. Healthy Place: American’s Mental Health Channel. Retrieved from http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/debunkingaddiction/2012/12/making-addiction-recovery-a-priority-in-the-holiday-season/.

[3] Christopher, James. (2002, January). Unhooked: Staying Sober and Drug-Free. SOS Sobriety.Orghttps://www.amazon.com/Unhooked-Staying-Christopher-19-Nov-1989-Paperback/dp/B013PT1OB6