To get and stay sober an individual must adjust his or her lifestyle and
remove acquaintances, behaviors and places associated with their using.
Places such as sober living houses give the addict a place to live, and
AA/NA meetings give the recovering individual a drug and alcohol-free
place to make new friends and assist in finding places where they can
enjoy activities and even work in a sober environment. Recovery group
meetings also allow the person to find a place where they share their
story with others who are going through, or have already gone through
the process of recovery.
The support of other recovering users experienced in the recovery
process is vital to the newly sober individual. To be successful at
staying sober, the individual must learn the proper coping skills and
have a solid support system in place. In meetings like this the addict
can also find a “sponsor” or guide, to help them along the road to
When the need to use again rises, the presence and support of another
sober person who has been through a similar experience, known in the
AA/NA community as a “sponsor,” is invaluable. The role of a “sponsor,”
is to give advice and assistance to a person when the urge to use
surfaces, and physically be there for support during a crisis. With the
assistance of a sponsor, and continued participation in group meetings,
most people will soon find the skills, strength and knowledge to become
independent and lead a sober, positive life.