Congratulations and welcome to this new chapter of your life!

Hard work pays off, isn’t it the best feeling in the world? You set a goal, you stuck to it and you did it! Soba Mesa would like to extend our warmest congratulations to you and welcome you to the next chapter of your life, a chapter where you are the one who takes control and is always present. 


So, What’s Next When Staying Sober?

Now that you’ve done with the most challenging part of the journey, you might wonder what’s next for you. Be assured that you are not alone during this journey. Just as we have promised you that we will be there for you every step of the way, the same will be applied for this next chapter of your life. Soba Mesa has all the tools and resources to guide and assist you. 


Lifelong Recovery Is the Goal

Your success is our success. When we start this journey together, we have committed to make you lifelong recovery our number one priority. We are extremely proud of the progress you have made. What a milestone, be proud of yourself! We can’t imagine the excitement you are feeling at this moment, because we are excited for you. You probably want to jump headfirst into this new life. One advice we have for you about that, you should start slowly, surely, and steadily. That is the first key for long term success. The first year of sobriety plays an extremely crucial role in your sobriety journey and ways to stay sober. The success of this first year will set a foundation for many years to come. Below are some of the main tips that you should follow during the first year. These tips are recommended by our expert clinicians, they are also been testimonies from our former patients. 


1. Your Physical Health Is Important

Let’s be honest, your body has been through a lot. Now that all the toxins have been eliminated from your body, you probably are feeling a lot better, physically and mentally. It is important to have a well-balanced, healthy diet. This is the key for you to continue to feel well and keep your energy up. Put some time aside on Sunday to plan your menu for the coming week. By doing that, you save time and money with grocery shopping. In addition to that, having a meal planned out will also help you from snacking on unhealthy junk food. Exercising is the other essential part of keeping you healthy. Thirty minutes per day, at least five day a week of moderate to intense cardio will keep your heart healthy.


2. Mental Health Is Also a Focus When Staying Sober

At Soba Mesa, we treat our patient holistically. We would like for you to continue the holistic methods at home. Start your day with meditation, keep your heart and mind open. The practice of meditation is helpful with reducing depression and anxiety. Other modalities that will help you stay sober are yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy.


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3. Build Relationship With Your Sponsor 

A sponsor is your accountability buddy. After addiction treatment, everyone is advised to get a sponsor, which is a great idea. But here’s the thing, keep in mind that how successful you are with this sponsorship depends on how much effort you put into it. Build a relationship with them. Be a part of the 12-step program. Keep in mind that how much you put in will determine how much you get out of this partnership!


4. Find Your Purpose and Passion

You might have had a career prior to the treatment program, if that’s where your passion and calling are at, go for it. If not, maybe this is time for some soul searching. Think about what you would make you feel fulfilled. Think about a career, rather than a paycheck to paycheck job. Once you have a purpose in life, you are less likely to relapse. If furthering your education is what you need to get the career you want, this is the perfect time for it. 


5. Who Says Sobriety Is Not Fun?

You should make it weekly meetings mandatory, that way you have something to look forward to. Also, this is an excellent opportunity to meet people who are in the same unique situation as you. Meaningful lifelong relationship can be made here. In addition to your sponsor, friendships made at weekly meetings can be a part of the accountability system. And who says being sober can’t be fun? Be creative! Think about fun, outdoor activities, or you can share cooking recipes, then have a get together where you can show off your culinary skills and maybe even watch a movie together. 


This Is Just a Beginning When Staying Sober

Those are just a few tips to be successful in your sobriety journey. Remember, the key is YOU. You have made it this far, and that’s bravery. Keep up the good work, if you have any questions or concerns, Soba Mesa is always here to assist you. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact our drug rehab in Mesa, AZ today.