If you’re struggling to stay sober, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and recovery programs can seem like a lot of work with no good results, and you might feel that all your progress will be lost if you slip up just once, or you might not know where to go next for the support that is needed. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there are many people in recovery who have walked the path you’re on. Even if you feel like your life is falling apart, AA has a plan that can help you through. In this post, we will explore things to do when you feel overwhelmed in Recovery.
What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed in Recovery
Get A Sponsor
Staying sober often involves a lot of trial and error. When you’re just starting out in recovery, it’s easy to feel as if you’re going at this alone or that everyone else in the program knows something that you don’t. At the same time, it is true that people who have been in recovery for longer than you have insights into how to remain sober. They are also very aware of how difficult it can be to stay clean and sober at the start. They want to see you succeed as much as possible. That’s why many people do what they can to stay sober. They find the courage and determination to move forward with the help of a sponsor, who is someone in recovery who will be there for them and encourage them along the way.
Hang in There for as Long as You Can
Even if you feel like you’ve wasted a lot of time thinking about your recovery and working on it, it’s important to know that there are many steps along the way that are important. When you’re in the middle of it, you may not always want to push ahead with an action that seems small and inconsequential. When you look back, however, you will often realize how important they were and how they added up to being vital in your overall recovery.
Keep It Simple!
When it comes to sobriety, less is more. In fact, if you try to do too much too soon, it can seem overwhelming for everyone around you as well as for yourself. Start out by taking small steps at a time and focus on being sober for just one day at a time. As you grow in recovery, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of all the changes that will be necessary for you to stay clean and sober for life. The key is keeping it simple and starting with small steps. By setting small, realistic goals and working on them one day at a time, you can build strength as well as momentum in your recovery.
Have a Plan
Some people suggest that you write down five things you want to accomplish in thirty days. A lot of people who use this method do so because it gives them an idea of how long it will take to accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves. For some people, it may work, but others find it hard to remember their plans or goals when they don’t have a plan that they can keep on hand. In that case, instead of writing down what you want to accomplish, make a simple plan for yourself.
Try making a list of three things you want to do each day. Some people advise that you don’t worry about the days ahead when creating your plan. Just take some time to write down three things that are likely to happen on any given day and then draw up your plan based on what is happening throughout the day. You can also use your plan to help you remember. A good way to illustrate what you want to accomplish or what you’d like to achieve is to write it down in a journal or on pieces of paper that you carry with you all the time. If your goal is to get sober, make it a challenge. Put up mental notepaper, which reads, “I want to stay clean and sober.”
Pick One Thing to Work on At a Time
Staying sober involves a lot of changes. For some people, that means becoming involved in a lot of new things as well as trying to adjust to being sober. Although you may be able to make small changes in many different areas of your life at the same time, it takes time and patience. If you are overwhelmed by all you have to work on, concentrate on one thing at a time, such as having just one meeting at a time or only going out once or twice a week. In conclusion, there are some things that you can do to help yourself feel less overwhelmed in recovery. It may take some time and patience, but with the right approach, it’s possible to learn how to navigate the challenges that are involved in staying sober every day. If you need to talk to a someone, our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 614-705-0611.