Last Updated on September 18, 2018 by Dr. Alberto Solà

Tips to Help You on the Road to Recovery

Achieving recovery isn’t easy, but it’s possible, and you can do it. Here are some of our best tips to help you on the road to recovery, no matter where you are in the process.

Get help

  • Talk to a trained professional for medical support and insight.
  • Support groups help you share your burden with others who understand.

Do new things

  • Leave old habits behind.
  • Gain new friends with positive lifestyles.

Treat underlying problems

  • Mental health issues make recovery difficult or impossible if left untreated.
  • Talk to your doctor, therapist, or recovery counselor about your coexisting problems.

Keep a journal

  • Note your thoughts each day.
  • Gain deeper insight into past mistakes and triumphs.

Sober events

  • Attend sober events for support, fun, and community.
  • Bring family or friends with you.


  • Tell friends and family about your recovery so they avoid triggers and support you.
  • Don’t hide progress or setbacks.

Plan for success

  • Avoid toxic places you used, dangerous relationships, and other stressful situations.
  • Plan for when your sober, clean life happens, not if.

Stay positive

  • Notice when you’re too hard on yourself and having negative thoughts.
  • Stop negative self-talk as soon as you hear it and replace it with realistic, yet positive thoughts.


  • Volunteer for your favorite cause.
  • Gain a sense of purpose and healthy interactions with others.

Get fit

  • Exercise is a natural mood enhancer and energy source.
  • Increases ability to focus, sleep soundly, and maintain weight and good health.


  • Clears the mind, and helps avoid negative self-talk.
  • Reduces stress and allows you to let go of the past.

You can do it

You already made the choice: you’re going into recovery. Now, stay there with these tips, and add your own!