Daily steps to control alcohol or drug addiction
It's often said that recovery from alcohol or drug addiction happens one day at a time.
This is true not only for newly sober addicts but also for people who have been in recovery for several years. As a complex physiological and psychological condition, addiction can not so much be controlled, but it can be managed on a daily basis.
Attend 12-step meetings
Attending 12-step meetings is an important daily step to take in the recovery process. Whether it's Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or some other type of 12-step group, these types of gatherings can help an alcoholic or addict find consistent support and encouragement within a community of caring people.
Some 12-step veterans even go so far as to say that going to a meeting every day can keep a person sober for life. The advantages of 12-step meetings are that they're free, anonymous and can be found in virtually any city or town.
Check in with a sponsor or support person
Another helpful daily step in controlling addiction is to check in with a sponsor or support person. You can find a sponsor through a 12-step program, and this person will essentially hold you accountable during your process of recovery.
If you don't participate in 12-step programs, just having a supportive friend or family member to talk to on a daily basis can be helpful. A sponsor, however, will tend to empathize more with your struggles while also being able to provide sound advice about ways to cope with daily challenges in the recovery process.
Eat a balanced diet
Some studies have shown that addicts and alcoholics are more sensitive to things like caffeine, sugar or chemicals in their food. While it can be tempting to go overboard on things like cigarettes or candy when you're newly clean and sober, try to avoid substances that might make your body excitable. This will not only help with cravings but also promote a general sense of well-being.
Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamin B12 – an important nutrient that can help minimize alcohol and sugar cravings while also stabilizing brain chemistry. Along with a healthy diet, make sure you're getting plenty of vigorous exercise and sleeping well. A well-rounded approach to health will help to improve your mood and reduce your risk of relapse.
Connect with other sober people
Changing your lifestyle will be paramount in recovery. It is vital to find friends and support people who are also clean and sober. These people will provide daily support and assistance in recovery, so make every effort to connect with people who are committed to a drug- and alcohol-free life.
Take advantage of online support communities, 12-step groups, Meetup.com and other resources that might be in your community. One of the best ways to make a commitment in this area is to volunteer for a position at a 12-step meeting, like being the person who makes coffee, greets participants at the door or reads meeting announcements.