Completing a treatment program is a significant accomplishment, one that you should relish. As great as it is, it is not the end. Addiction does not have a cure. You must continue to develop and grow without drugs and alcohol. That means a new start. Many wish that they could just start over. While this is not a ‘start-over’ per se, it is a new life. Life after rehab can be tough. The structure that helps addicts stop using and grow rescinds, and now they are on their own. The treatment center will provide an excellent map for moving forward, but here are five ways to start over with your new life after rehab.
Avoid Addiction Relapse
The goal of treatment is to stop using and abusing drugs and alcohol. After you achieve that goal, treatment provides recovering addicts with the tools to remain sober over the long term. Relapse is the term used for the action of returning to substance use and abuse after a period of sobriety. Individuals often view relapse as a failure, but they should not view it this way. Is it disappointing? Yes, but it is not the end. More treatment might be necessary. You should try to avoid relapse, but it should never force someone to lose faith in their progress and treatment.
Recovering addicts who fear they may relapse should speak to family, friends, and sponsors from AA or NA meetings. Per Wickstrom, the founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rehab Center, prides himself on developing a program for the individual. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services believes in continued growth after treatment and can guide and ensure long-term sobriety.
Avoid Relapse with the Right Friends
The best way to prevent relapse and continue a sober life is to surround yourself with trustworthy friends and family. Towards the end of treatment, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services encourages clients to begin creating a strong support network. An active support system consists of a group of loving, trustworthy individuals that you can call upon in a time of need. This includes joining a local support group. During these gatherings, recovering addicts can share their feelings. Sharing provides them with an excellent opportunity to release tension, depression, and anxiety. The support and knowledge from group meetings with those who have similar problems can be a great way to continue to grow into your life after rehab.
Plan Your Life After Rehab by Planning for the Future
Recovering addicts must always continue to move forward and strive for more. Outlandish dreams and aspirations should be placed on the back burner so that you can focus on more realistic goals. Little victories can help to build self-confidence and self-efficacy. These achievements include living arrangements and social circles. Anyone or thing that can trigger a craving or enables substance abuse, you should avoid altogether.
Develop a Hobby for Your Life After Rehab
The best thing that a recovering addict can do is to find a healthy hobby with which they can fill their time. Healthy activities such as running, yoga, racquetball, surfing, softball, golf, tennis, painting, reading, writing or any number of healthy activities will work. These hobbies can help take away any ‘down’ time that you might otherwise use to abuse drugs or alcohol. Hobbies encourage healthy relationships and activities that better the health of a recovering addict both mentally and physically.
Finding some spirituality can be unbelievably helpful in your life after recovery. Recovering addicts who learn more about themselves are better equipped to maintain sobriety. Spirituality helps recovering addicts control their emotions during trying times and find healthy outlets for bad feelings.
100% Sober Living
It is critical that you as a recovering addict return to a 100% sober living situation. If you are returning to a home or area where substance use and abuse is accepted, then you must move. These are unnecessary temptations, which are of no help to your continuing growth in your new life after rehab.