The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life
You might want to celebrate once you achieve sobriety but don't think the job is done, because staying sober is just as difficult as, perhaps even more than, achieving sobriety. Identifying new activities to do will help a person keep away from the drugs.
It is way easier for a person to withdrawal from the drugs if they are in a rehab facility because they will be monitored there.
It offers a safe and conducive environment to heal and recover from addiction.
Getting back to your life can be exhilarating after spending considerable time in rehab, but expect new challenges to come your way as you try to stay clean.
Being able to recognize your stressors or triggers proves very helpful in maintaining status quo. This will enable them to stay away from drugs forever.
Managing Urges And Triggers Post Rehabilitation
The change to normal life after living in a rehab is something that is hard for many people.
Circumstances that may precipitate relapse to previous unhealthy lifestyle are often faced by going back home.
Finding yourself in old familiar places, situations and people that bring back those negative emotions may drive you back to the old habits.
In order to prevent and deal with promoters of relapse after rehabilitation, the following can be done:
Finding A Solid Support System
Those that have been able to maintain abstinence for a long time and also want you to do the same, are individuals you should be socialising with.
Participate in support groups or have a reliable confidant who will not only police your negative tendencies but also holds you accountable for your actions and commitment.
You need to change the environment in a way that you don't get the urges to use the drugs again.
Make an attempt to avoid places, which can spark feelings of interest in the use of drugs or alcohol.
Plans For Your Life
Having a plan for your life can be instrumental in helping you stay clean.
Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
Make sure to complete all counselling sessions and any post-rehab appointments to keep you in check.
At times, you might want to miss the appointments or handle your affairs on your own, but staying clean is easier when there are professionals giving you support.
Always be grateful for how far you have come in your recovery journey.
Make sure that you are grateful for your life and recognize the efforts you have made to become clean.
Maintain a personal journal in which each day write five things that made you happy.
Replace Old Bad Habits With New Healthy Habits
The change of lifestyle can take sometime to fully get the groove of it but it's all worth it in the end.
It is critical that you replace your old habits with new positive habits, which will be helpful during the recovery.
Activities which promote sobriety do not have to be boring because there is plenty of fun, which can be had without the use of drugs and alcohol.
If you are wondering whether you should be going back to the rehab or feel a need for some help to stay on a sober path after the rehab, please contact us now on 0800 772 3971 for the help you need.
You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:
Physical fitness activities
Get involved in sports.
Take part in art works
Pursuing a degree or going back to school
Study new cultures and linguistics
Take up farming
Enlist In Community Support Services
After leaving the rehab, there are many support group that you can register with and continue being clean. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.
There are also several avenues providing continuous care and support, like one-to-one therapy and 12-steps meetings.
Chances Of Partying And Going To Bars Without Touching Alcohol
Temptations are easy to come by during the initial stages after a recovery has been completed, and individuals at this stage will be more vulnerable to succumb to temptation, therefore, it is best completely to avoid getting into situations when the temptations could be triggered. It is harder for a novice to fight against the urge because they still pretty much have the same lifestyle.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself in a compromising condition (such as get-together of closed ones), these are some of the things you can do to ease the atmosphere.
Avoiding temptation to drink in social gatherings:
Surround yourselves with people that can be trusted and visit the setting with a sober friend.
Only pick non-alcoholic beverages and keep them in your hands to keep you occupied.
Arrive after schedule and depart before its end, to reduce time spent at the gathering.
At the slightest sign of urge to drink or use, exit the vicinity.
Why You Should Get And Stay Sober
Your general well being will be improved when you start being sober. Physical health benefits apart, there are many other reasons to stay clean. The reasons to remain sober include:
Make new, clean friends
A clear and positive outlook
Ability to focus on other pleasurable activities
Looking and feeling better
For other users trying to be sober, you can be a role model
Giving up an addiction, whether of alcohol or any other drug, is the most difficult thing. The devotion and struggle might be throughout one's life: it is never simple and fast. Simply by making an effort to remain sober you will have acquired new strength by overcoming the problems that you thought you would not be able to achieve.
Every journey always begins with a small step in the right direction. Whenever a temptation beholds you strongly, divert your mind and focus on the reasons which encouraged you to become and stay sober in the first place.