A Guide to Sober Living

When you have lived with addiction for months or years another way of life can seem foreign. Returning to normal life after rehab can be daunting, but staying focused on building new habits and staying in a healthy environment are keys to succeeding in recovery. Substance abuse takes up a large majority of your time when you are addicted, so it takes some effort to replace the hours you formerly spent intoxicated. New habits take practice, but once you incorporate them into your life, you will be happier and healthier.

Coping Without Using Drugs

A Guide to Sober Living

Staying sober after LSD addiction requires you to get rid of some old habits and find new ways to have fun

People use drugs like LSD for all sorts of reasons. You may start using it because it is fun or intellectually stimulating, but if you become dependent on it there are likely deeper issues. Many individuals use acid when they are stressed out as a way to unwind or check out. For the first few times it almost seems to make things better, or your problems make more sense. But once you have done acid a few times you realize the “insights” you gain on trips are more like drug babble. LSD alters your brain’s chemical state causing hallucinations and euphoria, but it can also have deleterious effects like psychosis and dangerous behavior. Acid is not a healthy way to cope with stress. If you keep using LSD instead of addressing the deeper issues your problems will continue to chase you. Speak with a therapist about your LSD abuse history and discuss whether addiction treatment is right for you. During addiction treatment you will learn to live without using LSD, including being taught healthy stress relieving activities to use as an alternative to LSD[1]. There are plenty of other ways to relax that stimulate the mind, such as reading, volunteering, or meditating[2].

Finding New Ways to Have Fun

LSD is a popular party drug, and people that use it recreationally may do so several times a week if they are part of the party scene. If you are accustomed to using acid when hanging out with friends or at a party it can be challenging relearning how to have fun without substance abuse. In order to succeed you may need to start by letting go of any friends that drag you down and steering clear of the party scene. Raves, concerts and other events offer plenty of opportunities to relapse; you should do your best to avoid the old places you used acid and other possible triggers.

Acid actually prevents you from enjoying lots of other pleasurable activities that add value to your life. Taking part in other, healthier activities will improve your wellbeing and how you feel. Social activities such as helping out in a soup kitchen, joining a club or playing intramural sports are a great way to meet new people and get involved in your community. Exercise can help you get in shape and relieve stress. It may take some trial and error to find the activities you enjoy most but there are tons of better ways to have fun than using acid[3].

Stay Involved In Treatment

One of the best things you can do to keep your sobriety is to take advantage of aftercare, support groups, and other ways to continue treatment. Addiction is a chronic illness, and while you can manage it the disease never goes away. Staying involved in some form of treatment will help you keep growing in your recovery and reinforce ideas you learned earlier. If you do not continue treatment after rehab the concepts you learned will fade and it will be easy to revert back to old habits. This may not mean immediately relapsing, but if you start living like you did before you quit, relapse can sneak up on you. Here are a few ways you can remain in treatment after rehab:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups
  • 12-Step programs
  • Aftercare services through rehab clinic

You can attend treatment or meetings on your own schedule so it does not dominate your time.

Need LSD Rehab?

Has your LSD use started interfering with your life? If you cannot stop using LSD, call our toll-free helpline to learn about addiction and what types of treatment options are available. Inpatient rehab can help you understand your addiction and teach you to live without abusing drugs. Our addiction specialists are here for you 24 hours a day to answer your questions. We will let you know if your health insurance will help pay for rehab and can direct you to an effective treatment facility. Give us a call now to learn more about recovery.


 

[1] http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/overcoming-drug-addiction.htm#learn Overcoming Drug Addiction: Learn Healthy Ways to Cope

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-is-2020/201204/after-rehab-5-ways-addicts-cope-avoid-relapse After Rehab: 5 Ways for Addicts to Cope and Avoid Relapse by Seth Meyers

[3] http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/12/5-ways-to-have-more-fun-in-recovery/ 5 Ways to Have More Fun in Recovery by Cindy Nichols