Early sobriety is typically the most difficult time for anyone in recovery on the journey to long-term sobriety. Simply put, adjusting to a completely new way of life is quite difficult in the beginning. For starters, addicts and alcoholics have grown accustomed to instant gratification that using provides.
This in turn causes many people in early sobriety to seek other forms of instant gratification to fill the void left by the absence of drugs and alcohol. This typically is dangerous for those in early sobriety, as it usually involves very similar behavior as before.
Here we break down the top five risky forms of instant gratification in early sobriety.
Gambling addiction surprisingly acts on the brain in ways very similar to that of drug addiction or alcoholism. Studies have even shown that gambling addiction and substance abuse typically go hand in hand.
Therefore, it can be quick tempting to replace drugs and alcohol with gambling, and thus it is recommended in early sobriety to avoid it.
Binge eating or hardcore dieting
Eating disorders have been shown to have high co-morbidity with substance abuse disorders. Typically it is a good idea in early sobriety to stick with moderation when it comes to our diets. This means avoiding binge eating, or extreme dieting that results in rapid weight loss.
Binge shopping is another behavior to watch out for in early sobriety. We are never short of amazed at how fast we can blow through money we actually need on things we do not.
Getting sober is certainly does not mean a vow of celibacy, nor do we consider ourselves saints. But in the short-term, it is often recommended to stay out of serious relationships that could get us distracted and possibly cause a slip. Besides, we typically have very little to offer anyone while in early sobriety.
Binge watching a new TV series, spending half the day sleeping, etc may be good from time to time, but is something we want to avoid doing too often. Free time very seldom is healthy for someone new in sobriety, and should be filled with hobbies, recovery, or other healthy activities.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.