The supported living environment that rehab provides can be a wonderful boon to those wishing to throw off the shackles of addiction. One of the primary reasons for this is that rehab can provide a solid foundation of security, where one can learn the tools necessary to remain sober after they leave the facility.
Unfortunately, transitioning to normal living after spending time in a supported environment can be a tough transition for many. Life outside the facility is rife with many more temptations than one would find in a rehabilitation program that makes it difficult to stay sober. So many, in fact, that it is estimated that 80% of those on the way to long-term recovery will have one or more relapses during their journey.
However, it is still very possible for one to transform their life into one of long-term sobriety. As a guide, we’re sharing several tips that will help you with staying sober after your rehabilitation program.
If you are looking to stay sober for the long-term, then one of the first things you should do is change your environment so it is more conducive to sobriety.
Once you leave the facility you are likely to encounter plenty of trigger situations that may tempt you to relapse. It could be as simple as seeing one of your old friends, or as small as seeing a certain item in your home. You’ll want to remove anything that will be a temptation.
Some of the changes you’ll need to make in your life will be obvious. You’ll want to avoid any situation or remove any item from your presence that might spark interest toward you using. You may also need to make new friends that can be a positive support for you during your recovery process.
However, some changes will not be so obvious and may take some thoughtful investigation and contemplation on your part in order to create a sober environment for yourself.
One change that you should consider is your nutritional habits. Eating good nutritional meals can help your recovery process as it can help strengthen your body as well as lessen any post-acute withdrawal symptoms that you may experience.
When removing a bad habit, it is important to replace it with a good one. Developing and keeping to a strict schedule can be very beneficial as it can help you take control of your life.
When developing your schedule, you’ll want to fill it with wholesome activities that make a positive impact. One of the best things you can include in your schedule is a healthy exercise regimen. Exercise comes with a number of benefits, including:
Helping you to manage the stress that might have led to a relapse
Helping you manage boredom, a key relapse trigger
Bringing a sense of balance into your life
Improving your physical health overall
In addition to making a schedule, you should also set long-term goals for yourself. Setting goals such as going back to school or changing careers can help you maintain sobriety by giving you direction in your life.
This is arguably the most important tip on how to stay sober. As stated above, most recovering addicts will have a relapse during their recovery from addiction, so it is important to not only learn the signs that you might relapse but also how to deal with relapse if it does happen.
If a relapse does occur, it is not the end of the world. Try to see it for what it is: a temporary setback. Rather than being a cause for despair, a relapse can provide insight and experience that can assist you in the long run.
After a relapse, it is recommended that you seek professional help. Depending on the situation, you may not need to re-enroll for an intensive inpatient program. Sometimes, a simple outpatient refresher can be enough.
Remember, the road to recovery and staying sober is often long and difficult, but it is always worth it.
If you have questions about addiction, or if you would like support during your recovery, contact us today. We are ready to help however we can.