Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is no easy feat, but fortunately, there is a variety of widely available tools and services that can help you succeed. Actively working on maintaining your sobriety can help with recovery; useful self-help tools to avoid relapse include support groups, smartphone apps, helplines, and books on addiction and recovery.
- Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
AA and NA are among the largest recovery support movements in the United States. They offer participants a wider range of helpful tools and teach important skills that help people overcome the struggles of recovery.
The free programs host thousands of meeting across the US, all with the goal of building a community of peers focused on staying sober. Members gather to receive support and perspective from others who understand their situations and maybe even experienced them firsthand, but also to offer support to those in need.
Both AA and NA are part of a 12-step movement that focuses on self-improvement and realization. Members follow these steps and try to focus on beneficial actions for their recovery, such as making amends with people they’ve harmed in one way or another during their periods of drug or alcohol abuse. The steps help members strive toward positive goals, making recovery easier.
The programs also connect people with other members called sponsors, who have very good knowledge of the challenges that recovery poses. They are always available and offer critical support to members who are struggling with staying sober.
- Smartphone Apps
The smartphone has arguably made life easier for the most of us, so why shouldn’t we use these tools to help make life easier for those among us who need it the most? There are numerous apps that can help with issues related to addiction, finding sober friends nearby, tracking your sobriety progress, and much more.
Among these apps are Sober Grid, Quit That!, and SoberTool, which can prove very useful to someone in the process of recovering from addiction.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Hotlines
There are a number of free national and local helplines that offer confidential assistance to people in a crisis related to substance abuse or mental health disorders. Among those are the SAMHSA National Helpline (1-800-662-4357), the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line (800-622-2255), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine (800-950-6264).
These helplines offer easily accessible assistance to people who have nowhere else to turn to, and SAMHSA and NCADD provide their services 24/7.
- Books on Recovery and Self-Improvement
Books are a great resource for people who want to work on self-improvement while recovering from addiction. They give them the chance to better themselves on their own time and at their own pace.
Among the most popular books among people recovering from alcohol abuse is “Back to Basics” by Wally P., which presents readers with the original AA program that had a 75% recovery rate among its members. The book goes into detail about the 12 steps and teaches readers how the AA program can help with their recovery.
Recovery can be a very stressful period and looking into different meditation techniques allows people to clear their minds of worries and discomfort. It can also provide perspective and help people more easily overcome their addiction.
The path to sobriety is a difficult one and maintaining it while you get there has its own challenges. It takes hard work and dedication to successfully go through recovery and it’s important to use whatever tools at your disposal to achieve your goal.