Maintaining recovery

Are you worried about staying sober or maintaining positive changes this summer?

These things can help you stay on track:

  • Make a list of things and people that are important to you.
  • Think about what your warning signs are when staying at home or out and about. Think about your ‘soft limits’ (early warning signs) and your ‘hard limits’ (signs that you need to do something different straight away).
  • Think about what you can do to destress or relax without using alcohol or other drugs. It’s ok to be bored – you may need a bit of practice to get used to it.
  • Keep an eye out for unhelpful thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
  • Go outside for some fresh air and sun.

Create support networks

Staying in contact with supportive people can help. You can choose who you want to connect with. Connect with people who care about you.

Here are some ways to connect:

  • Call, text, or use social media to contact people.
  • Meeting up for a coffee.
  • Visit local attractions (cinemas, museums, parks).
  • Have ‘virtual’ dates with friends and whānau who are further away.

Access support

There are many alcohol and other drug services that support people in recovery. To find out where to go, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681.