EARLY SOBRIETY: Tips for Success ($hits Not Easy)
Have you or someone close to you struggled with addiction? Since addiction is largely a disease of the brain, the biochemical imbalances associated with addiction create chronic symptoms that often lead to relapse. This means that staying sober can require living with emotional, mental and physical pain-unless proper brain chemistry is restored.
Staying Clean and Sober (Third edition)
If you have stopped drinking or quit your addictive behavior and you are serious about staying sober, you will want to do everything possible to avoid having a relapse. It may seem to you that a relapse is the last thing that you would do, but the truth is they are very common for people new to recovery. A relapse begins long before you actually pick up a drink or a drug. It stands to reason that if you quit your drug of choice but continue with your same routine, hanging around the same people and places, and not making any changes in your circumstances, that it will be much easier to slip back into your old behaviors and habits. If you are trying to stay clean for the long haul, it's important that you get away from your old routines, habits, and hangouts. Sometimes it is helpful for people new to recovery just to make changes.
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For anyone who is addicted or trying to stay sober and for those that love them. Perhaps you or someone you love has tried unsuccessfully once, twice or more to gain and maintain freedom from addiction. The truth is that many addicts make as many as 50 attempts to gain sobriety, only to relapse again and again. Many people say that these failed attempts at sobriety result from a lack of willpower. But this is simply not so. Addiction is largely a disease of the brain, and the biochemical imbalances associated with it create chronic abstinence symptoms such as confusion, anxiety, severe cravings, and depression that often lead to relapse.