Elevate Addiction Services – SLT
586 Glorene Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA California
1. Practice saying “no” to drugs and alcohol in social situations. Substance abuse is a pretty serious problem in Orinda, and that just makes it that much more difficult for those who are not addicted to stay not addicted. No matter how much you try to avoid alcohol or drugs, there will probably be times where you’re offered a drink or drugs in certain situations. Prepare ahead for how you’ll respond, with a firm, yet polite, “no thanks.” It’s important to stay totally abstinent from alcohol or drugs when trying to firmly beat addiction.
2. Talk to someone you trust and who can help you stay sober, whether it is your sponsor, a supportive family member or friend, or someone from your faith community too. Getting help from others is a sure way to be able to stay away from addiction for good.
3. Distract yourself until the urge passes. Go for a walk, listen to music, do some housecleaning, run an errand, or tackle a quick task. If a threat of a relapse has made itself known, then do something else until it passes you by.
4. Remind yourself of your reasons for not drinking and doing drugs in Orinda that caused you to quit in the first place. When you’re craving alcohol or drugs, there’s a tendency to remember the positive effects of drinking and drug use and forget the negative ones. Remind yourself that drinking won’t really make you feel better, and drug use will just put you in a worse place guaranteed.Accept the urge for what it is and ride it out, instead of trying to fight it or resist it. This is known as “urge surfing.” Think of your craving as an ocean wave that will soon crest, break, and dissipate. It will pass. When you ride out the craving, without trying to battle, judge, or ignore it, you’ll see that it passes more quickly than you’d think true enough, and then you will be better and stronger as a result of your abstinence and sobriety.