Substance Abuse and Addiction - Recovery
Deal with stress
Some people find that
relieving stress helps them during recovery. Although
there is little research to show that managing stress helps you stay sober, you
may find that it helps you feel better overall.
You can find ways to deal with stress, such as sharing your feelings with others or writing to express your journey through recovery. Do something you enjoy, like a hobby or volunteer work. Learn how to relax your mind and body with breathing exercises or meditation.
You can do many things to reduce stress. To learn more, see the topic
Have a healthy lifestyle
When you abuse or are dependent on alcohol, you often get away
from some of the basics of good health. Part of recovery is finding your way
back to a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise and be active. This may give
you something to do instead of thinking about alcohol, and it also can help
reduce stress. People who are fit usually have less anxiety, depression, and
stress than people who aren't active.3
- Get enough sleep.
Eat a balanced diet. This helps your body deal with tension and stress. Whole
grains, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and protein are part of a balanced
Talk to your family about your drinking
dependence can harm your relationships with family and
friends. You and your family may feel you have turned against each other. You
may be angry at your family and friends, and they may be angry at you.
If you can, talk with your family and friends about your drinking
recovery. Your family and friends need to know that
they did not cause your alcohol problem but that they can help you during recovery.
- Try to be open and honest with loved ones
about your drinking. This will help them understand what you're going through
and how they can help. Many treatment programs offer
counseling for families to help you solve problems at
- Talk about what may cause a
relapse and discuss your