Taking that first step in recovery is one of the bravest things that you can do. Whenever you decide that you want to live a sober life, there are some things that you need to be especially mindful of in the first year.
1. Go to rehab if you need to. Find a rehabilitation facility like The Recovery Village (http://www.therecoveryvillage.com) that will work for you. The first thing you need to do is complete any sort of rehab program.
2. Go to 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people who are successful in Alcoholics Anonymous attends 90 meetings in the first 90 days. This can be one meeting a day or it can mean you attend two or three meetings a day in the very beginning and switch to every other day or once or twice a week after a few weeks or a month. The actual way that you accomplish this is up to you.
3. Schedule your time. Keep yourself busy by going to the gym, going to therapy, spending time with supportive friends and family, and going to meetings. If you don’t have as much down time, you will be less likely to end up at the bar.
4. Let your friends and family know you are not drinking. In the future, you will probably be able to hang around people who are having a glass of wine with dinner, but when you are early in recovery, you want to make sure that drinking is not a part of your social functions and events.
5. Find a sponsor and work the steps. Do the work in the program. Put effort into it, and you will see the results that you are looking for. If you complete the steps, you will be able to take back control of your life.
6. Continue seeing a therapist or doctor. Now is not the time to skip appointments. It’s important to see your therapist or physician regularly, especially when you are in early recovery.
The most important part of the first year is designing a support system for yourself that consists of meetings, family, friends, and counselors or doctors. With enough support, you will find yourself getting through your first year of sobriety successfully.