The first 60 days of sobriety can be challenging. Addiction impacts all aspects of a person’s life. The brain was physically and psychologically dependent on drugs and alcohol. In the first 60 days of being sober, there might not be any changes right away. Changes will happen when you continue to work on your recovery.
The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without drugs or alcohol. When in treatment, there are opportunities to learn from others’ experiences, reflect on yourself, and receive guidance and direction from therapists and counselors. Everyone’s situation and treatment is different and depends on the duration of substance abuse, the potency of the drugs or alcohol, genetic disposition, and mental health. Sometimes people need more than 60 days to notice any changes in their journey to recovery.
When you apply the strategies discussed in treatment, there might be some noticeable changes in the first 60 days of sobriety. Throughout recovery, your family and friends also need time to heal. Rebuilding relationships with loved ones requires trust and respect. Abiding by boundaries set by loved ones will help restore trust issues. How you see yourself substance-free allows you to sustain relationships that are more meaningful.
Staying active with healthy activities helps the recovery process. Immerse yourself in exercise, sports, hobbies, interests, reading, watching movies or other healthy activities. Clearing your mind of substances allows you to focus on yourself and explore healthy interests and activities. This will help to improve mental and physical health. Going out with sober friends and family can be fun. Laughter can help promote mental and emotional health while living substance-free. New sober friendships can form through AA/NAR-ANON meetings or group therapy sessions.
Triggers for relapse will be challenging in the first 60 days. Stay positive, have sober family and friends encourage and support you, and do not give up. During this time, you will gradually see your life change. Apply the techniques you learned in treatment to avoid relapse. A sober life will feel refreshing and gets even better as time goes on.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, do not wait. Get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment for mental health issues and addiction. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started:888-855-6877