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Friday, December 1, 2017

Don’t Make Any Big Life Changes in the First Year

Don’t Make Any Big Life Changes in the First Year

Don’t Make Any Big Life Changes in the First Year

Getting clean and sober after you’ve spent your whole life addicted is a giant leap into a whole new world.  Your life was once governed by addiction and run by chaos, which made for complete mayhem.  Many people have no idea what unspoken rules come with sobriety.  Lingering dense fog from addiction and an entirely new world to learn can be immensely overwhelming during the early stages of recovery.

Obtaining a sponsor or mentor when you’re new to recovery is highly recommended.  They will help guide and teach you right from wrong in sobriety.  Many times, whether you have 2 months or 20 years clean, it’s hard to see your part in situations.  A sponsor serves as an objective view to help understand and work through situations.  You may hear your sponsor or others say not to make any big life decisions within the first year of your sobriety.  Although there is no rule in the big book that states this, it can be very valuable advice to someone new to recovery.  When you’re just beginning your journey of recovery, you are at one of the most vulnerable times you have ever been in your life.  For months and maybe even years, your life has been run by addiction; the obsessive, compulsive, death-seeking insanity that convinces you to keep repeating the cycle.  

Addiction, while it does have some genetic predisposition, is typically brought on by stressful life events.  Worry, tension, and fear can be too much to handle for someone who has not developed effective coping strategies.  Steering clear of these avoidable stressful situations within your first year, or at least until you feel confident to defend your sobriety to anyone and anything, can be imperative.  

Romantic situations such as beginning or ending an important relationship can bring on a great deal of anxiety to any person, so eschewing would be wise.  Having a child, while it can obviously be unplanned, can be overwhelming, as well.  Career changes and even moving could be considered significant life events that can trigger relapse.  No one in recovery is telling you to sit home and not do anything.  Rather, it is simply important to pay attention and listen to your internal instincts and external advice, as they will guide you away from certain stressful situations until you have procured skills to be able to face them without the potential of jeopardizing your sobriety.  

The answer to recovery is Simple. Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.

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