I Hate Being Sober: What Do I Do?

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Are you struggling to stay sober  after an addiction to drugs or alcohol?

Remember that deciding to quit is a difficult choice to make. It can be even harder to cope with the withdrawal symptoms that frequently accompany that decision.

However, getting sober is all about taking back control of your life. You might be tired or not feeling like yourself, or just looking for healthier ways to deal with stress. Whatever the case, you need (and want) to feel good about being sober.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • How to seek help when you hate being sober
  • some tips for staying sober
  • Things you can do to help stay sober.

Let’s get started.

1. Seek professional help

The first step to seeking help is to reach out to someone whose job is to help you.

It might seem like a scary step to make, but it can be the most necessary. Professional help can help ground you and come to terms with your sober journey.

Try talking to your doctor first. They can help refer you to an addictions specialist or therapist. In extreme cases, seeking professional help might mean going to rehab.

Whatever the case, talking to a professional is a good first step to figuring out why you hate being sober.

2. Explore the root causes

What’s the reason why you hate being sober? Are you sick of the nasty withdrawal symptoms, or is there a deeper cause?

Try exploring the reasons why you hate being sober in the first place. Could it be because of stress, your career, family troubles, or even changes in your life?

Don’t worry if you can’t figure it out! There are plenty of other ways you can explore these issues.

3. Consider therapy or counseling

If you’re struggling to figure out the root cause of your problem, finding someone to help is the next step. Therapy or counseling are good ways to work out where you’re at and guide you through the next steps.

They can also be a good solution if you don’t feel ready for intensive treatment. You can see someone once or twice a week, or even when you feel comfortable. This introduces a safe space in your routine to talk about your addiction and other worries.

4. Join support groups

Another idea is to find a pre-existing support group. Meeting up with others who share your struggles is a good step to coming to terms with your troubles.

There are plenty of options, from finding local community groups to online sobriety forums.

You can also start your own support group if you have mutual friends in the same boat. Try reaching out within your community.

5. Find healthy alternatives

If you’re still craving the taste of alcohol, why not find a healthier alternative? There’s plenty of 0% alcohol wine and beer on the market these days, and even more when it comes to mocktails!

If you’re a social drinker, find other activities you can do that don’t involve alcohol. For example, go see a movie, visit a theme park, or even try out a new sport.

6. Set goals for sobriety

Quitting cold turkey can be a real challenge. It can hurt your mental and physical health.

Start by setting goals to help you stay sober; this could be anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Don’t forget to celebrate your milestones with friends and family!

7. Surround yourself with positive influences

Make sure you hang around the real ones, not the ones who’ll encourage your bad habits. You don’t need to cut off entire friendships, just understand who’s helping you stay sober.

Try to find supportive friends to surround yourself with when you need them. You can invite them to join you in sober activities and discuss your journey if they want to lend an ear.

8. Practice self-care

While you’re on your sober journey, make sure you’re taking care of yourself first and foremost. There are plenty of ways you can take care of yourself.

For example, you could try out a new skincare routine, start going to the gym, or even eat healthier. Start with whatever makes you feel good about yourself.

9. Learn a new skill or language

Another way you can make being sober fun is by learning new skills or picking up different hobbies. Surround yourself with sober activities that’ll encourage your sobriety.

For example, you could try attending language classes. Or practice following knitting tutorials on YouTube. What about baking? There are lots of new skills out there ready for you to explore!

10. Enjoy nature and outdoor activities

Finally, don’t forget to reconnect with nature. Getting out into the great outdoors is a good way to return to sobriety. Breathe in fresh air as you go for a nature walk; the world’s your oyster!

You could also try new outdoor activities. Go camping, hiking, climbing, or even swimming – whatever helps you feel most at peace with nature.

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