A mental disorder can seem impossible to face without help. Unfortunately, many people suffering from a mental disorder turn to alcohol as a way to self-medicate. It’s a dangerous practice and the professionals at Nebraska Mental Health Center in Lincoln, NE, want to provide healthy ways to cope with a mental disorder, instead of turning to alcohol. Here, they share three strategies for sobriety:
- Change Your Routine: If alcohol was woven into your life before sobriety, change your habits to avoid picking up a drink. If your sports team goes to a bar after games, suggest going to a restaurant instead. If you begin drinking in stressful situations, opt to take a walk instead of a swig. With time, little changes add up to a new lifestyle free of alcohol.
- Reward Progress: Once you’ve made progress, it can be easy to return to old habits. Track and reward small sobriety achievements. That might mean buying a new pair of shoes after a month of sobriety or treating yourself to a weekend getaway after three months without alcohol. Whatever it is, make sure you’re congratulating yourself on the achievement.
- Join a Support Group: Some people shy away from support groups because they’re embarrassed or think they can overcome their problems on their own. But with support comes accountability which means you’re more likely to stay on track. Support groups also put you in touch with people who are experiencing similar challenges so you don’t feel so alone.
The caring staff at Nebraska Mental Health Center offer the support and guidance for people suffering from a mental disorder, depression, mental illness, and more. They also offer counseling for couples and families. For a full list of services, including assessments for all ages, visit their website. You can also call (402) 483-6990 to schedule an appointment today.