5 Life Skills To Maintain Your Sobriety

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  1. Stress Management: Stress management is as much a skill in itself as it is many different skills. The primary purpose of stress management is to reduce the effect of stressors in everyday life which might trigger cravings for drug and alcohol use. Managing stress is an essential life skill to living sober.
  2. Self-Care Time: Living sober can become a full and fast lifestyle when you transition into school, work, or other activities that create a life outside of treatment. In between responsibility, therapy, outpatient care, and twelve step life, there has to be time for yourself. Self-care is an important tool in living sober after treatment. Many of the healing modalities offered in treatment like massage, yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic work are self-care oriented because they require time to focus on healing yourself. Since those practices won’t be offered to you regularly, it is important to make time for them throughout each week and month, in addition to other self-care activities.
  3. Exercise: Physical fitness is critical for maintaining health in mind and body. Many people don’t enjoy “exercising” or “working out”. Treatment programs can offer gym memberships and workout classes to supplement exercising. Sobriety is an opportunity to explore the world to your highest capacity. Getting physical fitness doesn’t have to include working out. Physical fitness can include any kind of activity that gets your heart rate going.
  4. Twelve Step Participation: Twelve step programs are a requirement for recovery according to most treatment programs. Since the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has served millions around the world. Sister programs like Narcotics Anonymous have given more people access to the twelve steps and the healing they provide. Beyond the twelve steps themselves, there are benefits to participating in the programs. Going to meetings requires discipline in schedule and planning, while also encouraging accountability. After meetings, many people in the fellowship go for coffee or to eat. There are opportunities to volunteer and be involved beyond attending meetings. Volunteering can take the form of mentorship, called sponsoring, which includes guiding others through the twelve step process.
  5. Staying Inspired: Everything about living life in sobriety can be inspiring. Inspiration can be found in friends, relationships, hobbies, passionate pursuits, and taking care of yourself. Read inspirational books, maintain your morning meditation, and talk with friends often about the experience of living sober.


Simple Recovery offers a three tiered system of treatment based on success and action. Standing out from other treatment programs, we focus on making sobriety simple. Focusing on developing life skills and social skills clients at Simple find a simple solution to staying sober. Call us today for information on our continuum of care for addiction and co-occurring disorders: 888-743-0490