It is definitely not easy to have a normal life especially if you are on your early stages of sobriety. What most people don’t actually realize is that the process is way more difficult for people who don’t socialize or go out much.
Introverts have the tendency to simply enjoy their own company instead of actually wanting to go out with other people. It is pretty surprising for some when they hear about an introvert having an addiction, experts actually believe that these kinds of people have a tendency to be more aware of what they are feeling, especially loneliness, being depressed, anxiousness, and even anger.
Most people would turn to alcohol or drugs when they are feeling down, introverts who usually spend time with themselves, are usually the ones who get pretty into it since they are not getting another person’s opinion on what they are doing. This is the main reason why most introverts find it incredibly difficult to work on their sobriety once they are out of treatment. However, nothing is impossible because no matter how hard it may be, it could still be done. Here are a couple of ways that may help introverts stay sober.
Learn To Accept Yourself
This has got to be one of the most important things that a person should focus on, whether they are a recovering addict or not. As an introvert, it is very important to have that kind of acceptance. Some people feel as if it is such a negative thing to be an introvert. Just because people see it in a different way doesn’t mean you can let it define you. You are the only one who knows who you truly are as a person, don’t let being an introvert be a burden to you.
Accept the fact that you don’t like being around people much, you would rather stay indoors and that is absolutely fine. If you are having self-esteem issues or self-acceptance, try working on it instead of pretending to be someone you are not. This is usually what drives introverts to addiction, not only life stresses them out extremely, they are also having a hard time accepting what kind of people they are.
Surround Yourself With Fellow Introverts
It may be kind of ironic to think about it, but for those who are trying to work on their sobriety, it would probably be best if you join a support group wherein it is involved with introverts who are dealing with sobriety as well. No one would understand your situation than those who are going through the same thing as you. This is a way for your to get to know different personalities that you can be friends with, it will also be easier since you wouldn’t need to be afraid of being judged since they are just like you.
Experts believe that when it comes to people going through sobriety, it is best to make them feel as comfortable as possible, that way there wouldn’t be any reason for them to go back to the old ways, wherein they are most likely struggling to let out who they really are.
Have Patience With Yourself
The last and the most important thing you need to remember is that sobriety is just part of your recovery, and recovery is a process. People believe that it is a lifelong process which means it is a commitment. It is a commitment not just to yourself but for the people you care about. It is not ideal to pressure yourself to get better or to practice abstinence, let it come to you naturally. Distraction could be something that will help you out.
There are so many fun ways for you to spend your days being sober without having to leave your house, you can start a new hobby such as cooking, painting, and more. Bear in mind that it may take you some time to get used to things but as long as you focus on getting better, then you will be fine in due time.
Being an extrovert or an introvert have different ways to deal with their sobriety process, this simply means that there is no right or wrong when it comes to recovery.