What it Takes to Be a Sober Warrior (In Pictures!)
I’ve always admired the term ‘sober warrior’ because it’s so true to life. Living sober is waking up each day with the spirit of a fighter, determined to win the day’s battle.
Don’t misunderstand- sobriety isn’t about who can endure the most or gritting and bearing through triggers and urges. Sober warriors know that playing it smart is the best tactic for long-term sobriety. Here’s what it really takes to be a sober warrior:
Addiction can harden us against the world. Rather that’s because of the harsh criticism and stigma we face for our illness or because of the way our minds work while under the influence, being closed off and guarded in recovery and sobriety is a setup for potential relapse. Learning to connect with others and show and receive compassion is vital to success in long-term sobriety. Let others on the recovery journey help you in your first few steps; return the favor with others who are new to the sober path. Support your fellow sober warrior so we can all move forward in the fight to end substance abuse everywhere.
This goes hand-in-hand with compassion. Community in sobriety helps to combat those feelings of loneliness and solitude. It also has the added bonus of opening up doors and opportunities you may have never had before to do things you could only dream of- you never know what kind of connections sobriety has for you. Join forces for awareness events, creative sober celebrations, and the like. Stand in your truth to give others the courage to stand with you.
The strength of a sober warrior is quiet. It’s less about enduring the storm, and more about knowing how to find the calmest route through it. There’s strength in surrendering to the recovery process; in recognizing and accepting the help you need to achieve sobriety. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to suffer through urges to prove a point. Keep your focus on your sobriety and continued growth as a person.
At the core of every sober warrior is devotion: to making the next step the right step for your continued sobriety. Dedication means waking up each day and choosing to remain sober. It’s continuing to make choices throughout your day that will safeguard your commitment to sobriety. Sober warriors know that motivation is fleeting and unreliable. Nothing is achieved if we rely on motivation, but with dedication all things are possible.
We want to know: what makes you a sober warrior? Leave your answer in the comments!
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.