How to improve your chances of staying sober? Journal your sobriety.
One major problem with post addiction recovery is feeling very awkward and extremely uncomfortable around sober and normal people in social settings. Social awkwardness can be as painful as entering into addiction recovery. Not knowing what to say, how to feel and how to act in front of others in a social environment can throw you back into a relapse. Meaning in social situations you might feel dizzy, disorientated, sweating palms and forehead, anxious and sometimes frightened as well as hypersensitive and vigilant. This happens because all the years of isolating from social situations and people and addicts lose all his or her social skills.
1. Journaling enhances addiction recovery
The process of journaling can be the support mechanism that will let you forget for an instant your anxiety, pressure, stress or pain of being in an unfamiliar world until you gain enough confidence to venture into reality with others. Writing is powerful and once you write your anxiety will decrease.
Go purchase a cheap notebook and a pen that you like and express your true identity, thoughts, and feeling in your writing. Writing is very powerful and life-changing if used right.
Carry your notebook around with you all the time and free association in your writing, or chronicling your experiences of sobriety as well as express writing whether you alone or even in a 12 step meeting.
If you are consistent, diligent and give journaling some time, hopefully, you master being more comfortable with your thoughts and feelings. This will benefit your health both mentally, physically and socially. Take an expressive risk and your journaling will empower you to be healthier, more fulfilled and stronger with yourself while enhancing your sober journey.
Blessings in your journey out of addiction.