Finally, the time has come, the one you have been waiting for so long. That big soberversary is staring you in the face and it is really exciting (and a little scary). It takes a lot of time and commitment to break the bonds of addiction. Finding the right program, graduating, and working the program in aftercare is hard. Now is the time to celebrate your efforts and reward yourself for a job well done. Here are five ways to help you celebrate.
Doing something new and unexpected is a great way to celebrate your soberversary. People get involved in drug and alcohol abuse because it seems fun and exciting. For many it turns into a routine and is addictive, causing harm to themselves and others. When you want to put excitement into your life, try some skydiving, bungee jumping, parasailing, or other activity which boosts your adrenaline (naturally) and lets you have some fun at the same time.
There is no better way to put life into perspective than spending time with friends and family. Once you’ve overcome drug or alcohol abuse, people around you have seen you at your absolute worst. A soberversary is time to honor people who surrounded you and also spend quality time with loved ones to let them know how special they are to you.
Why not reward yourself on your soberversary by traveling far away. Overcoming addiction is draining, and a daily reminder you can relapse at any moment without the right focus. Travel can get you out of work, life, and your own space for a while to experience something new. Go on a pilgrimage, spend time by the beach, take a long weekend away, or hit some golf balls with friends at a nice course.
Even if you already meditate, there are things to learn about anything in life we do. Mindfulness and meditation are used in rehab centers for a reason. Learning to be aware of your sensations, feelings, and thoughts can help you realize your potential triggers to cope better. This is a gift that will give freely to you the rest of your life.
Mindfulness and meditation help you pause and reflect for a moment. When you reflect upon your achievements, you see how far you’ve come and learn how to set plans for the future. Recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is a continual process, with ongoing evaluation and reflection recommended every step of the way.
Sound Recovery helps you get present in the moment with our programs, services and resources. We are here to guide you through the steps to recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.