One of the challenges for women who suffer from alcoholism is that while they’ve committed to stop drinking, their friends have not. This is a tough situation; there’s no minimizing the discomfort that one might feel when one is trying to avoid alcohol but it keeps showing up at friends’ get-togethers, dinners, book club meetings, holiday parties, etc…
A recovery coach can help you manage these situations and provide you with the support you need to make difficult decisions. Early on in your recovery journey, you may need to refrain from attending social gatherings where alcohol is present. It takes time to build up your stability and ability to manage your cravings to drink. Some women may need to pause their social interactions with drinkers for a few months, others for a year, and others may find that their previous social network was altogether unhealthy, and they may need to end those relationships for the sake of their health.
You can discuss issues related to your social group or partner with a life coach. Are your peers supportive of your sober living goals? If so, you’re in luck. However, you may find that some of your peers are not understanding and may not respect the hard work you need to do to keep relapse at bay.
How Can I Keep My Sobriety on Track?
To protect your sobriety, you can work routinely with a recovery coach. You can also embrace many other activities that you might already be enjoying. There are many things you can do to promote mindfulness and positive coping skills that will help you maintain your recovery plan. If you haven’t already incorporated any of the following into your lifestyle, you should consider doing so:
Exercise (jogging, walking, bicycling, etc…)
Sports league (join an adult softball league)
New hobbies (knitting, jewelry making, painting, etc…)
Your recovery coach can help you cultivate new goals, new passions, and new ways to lead a healthy life that don’t involve alcohol. The fact is, it’s extremely important to fill your life with healthy activities because you’ll need to fill the void that alcohol use left behind. Once you stop partying and recovering from hangovers, you’ll have more time to focus on new things. Be sure that you find activities to enjoy in order to prevent relapse.
Addiction Treatment vs Life Coach
Many women find that the more support they have, the better. Some people suffering from alcoholism transition from their rehab program to aftercare and meeting with a life coach. Others find that it’s helpful to combine their therapies. They might meet with their 12 step group one afternoon and their recovery coach a few days later. Having a robust level of support minimizes the risk of relapse.
Brooke Collins is a certified recovery coach who can help you maintain your recovery goals as well as other goals present in your life. She understands the complexities present in alcohol addiction recovery, and she can tailor coaching sessions to suit your specific needs and circumstances. Don’t put off getting the help you need to get and stay sober.