Recovering from addiction is no easy task, no matter who you are. If you’re committed to overcoming an addiction, then you should know that the right now is the time to keep that momentum going. The period of time right after someone’s begun their recovery is typically a time of high relapse rates, but the more support you have, the better your chances of staying sober become.

To help you along your path to recovery, follow these tips and strategies for overcoming addiction and reclaiming your physical and mental health.

Create a New Life Where it’s Easier Not to Use

You can’t recover from an addiction simply by stopping using. Instead, you must create a whole new life for yourself, where it’s harder to continue using than it is to give it up. In other words, you adopt a lifestyle where your old addictive behaviors become obsolete, because they just don’t make sense anymore.

You don’t have to change everything about your life, of course. But you do need to change the unhealthy behaviors and negative thought patterns that have got you into trouble in the past. This can involve saying positive affirmations to yourself, choosing new hobbies and friends to keep yourself occupied, and avoiding people and situations that remind you of using.

If you don’t create a new life for yourself, then you’ll be living with the same factors that got you into trouble in the first place. Those factors will eventually catch you off guard, and you’ll risk relapsing into your old lifestyle.

Avoid High-Risk Situations

In the state of Ohio, more than 20,000 people are arrested for cannabis possession in a given year. It’s safe to say that if you want to overcome an addition to marijuana or any other substance, you’ve got to start by avoiding the people and situations that got you addicted in the first place.

As hard as it is to accept, your pot-smoking friends or drinking buddies probably won’t be supportive of your new habits. It’s all too common for the people you thought were your friends to drag you down when you start trying to improve yourself, just because they don’t like how they look in comparison to you when you start getting your act together. If the relationships go back long before your addiction started and the people really are your friends, then there is a chance that you can still be friends with them as you recover from addiction. But you should think carefully about whether that’s a chance you’re willing to take.

In addition to avoiding the people who used to get you in trouble, you should also avoid the locations and situations you associate with using. It may seem perfectly harmless to walk by the bar on your way home, but if you were used to going there to get drunk, your subconscious mind will relive those old experiences and hold you back in unhealthy thought patterns.

Finally, you should avoid items and paraphernalia that remind you of using. Besides the obvious drug or alcohol paraphernalia, other objects around your house may be closely linked to your old addiction in your mind. While you shouldn’t have to rip your home apart to get rid of everything that reminds you of using, you should make a sincere effort to at least put away the things that really remind you of your old life. This can make a full, relapse-free recovery much more attainable for you.

Take Up Healthy Habits and Activities

Practicing self-care and prioritizing your health are key during addiction recovery. Instead of hanging out with your old friends or in negative places associated with your addiction, find positive things to spend your time doing.

You should consider reconnecting with your family, especially since the strength of your relationships plays a big role in the success of your recovery. If your relationship to your family is currently strained, you might want to get the help of a counselor or family therapist to help make the connection and establish a healthy new start.

If your diet isn’t great, try learning how to cook satisfying, healthy meals. Feeling tired or hungry is a major at-risk time for those recovering, so begin feeding yourself full, healthy meals to avoid feelings of exhaustion or hunger.

You should also focus on your fitness. Many people find that exercise helps take their mind off of their addiction, and even gives them a similar “high” to what they experienced when using. If you need some structure and support to stay focused, you could take yoga classes or hire a physical trainer for working out at the gym.

If you find yourself triggered and wanting to use again, try channeling that frustration into other activities you may enjoy, such as music, art, or even jewelry shopping. Each year on average, around 38 million Americans buy fine jewelry or watches. A nice watch or bracelet can even serve as a reminder of your new life and the health goals you’ve set for yourself.

From making a new life to pursuing new healthy activities and hobbies, these are our top tips and strategies for addiction recovery. Hopefully you’ve found this list helpful and inspiring on your journey.