The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life
Achieving sobriety is definitely an accomplishment which is incredible. However, remaining sober is another challenge by itself. Engaging in routine activities and committing to goals are few of the good distractions in order to stay clean from day to day.
It is easier to stay clean in a rehab centre because the environment is controlled, devoid of any factors that had earlier pushed toward addiction.
The environment in these facilities is one that can help a person stop the use or even the urge of taking drugs.
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.
The best way to prevent relapse is by recognizing the triggers that might tempt you. Abstinence maintenance is made less difficult by this fact.
Coping With Urges After Rehabilitation
The change to normal life after living in a rehab is something that is hard for many people.
After leaving the rehab it becomes easy for the individual to find himself or herself being put in trigger situations or conditions that can spark the thoughts of reverting back to the previous habits.
Matters like returning to the old neighbourhood, meeting family members or friends, along with certain emotions can trigger the temptations to revert back to using drugs or alcohol.
There are a few methods by which you can avoid or manage these temptations in your everyday life after the rehab such as
- Establish Positive Relationships and Support System
- Surrounding yourselves with sober people along with people who could have your best interests at heart and want to provide you the help needed to become successful.
- Ensure you are part of a local support group on whom you can count for help.
- Refresh Your Crowd and Everyday Surroundings
- Ensure your house is free of any traces of drugs before you move into it after completing rehab.
- Manage to stay away or redesign rooms or places to avoid rekindling old feelings that may trigger your substance abuse.
- Plans For Your Life
- You will find yourself better equipped to handle temptations after you have defined what you want to achieve in future.
- Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
- Go For Check Ups And Counsel Sessions
- Attendance of clinic visitation with your physician or at the place where you received treatment is important.
- The temptation to skip the meetings or beginning to feel that you can handle matters yourselves will certainly be there, but it will be easier to keep away or manage temptations when you receive health and support from the professionals who guided you in the first place.
- Find a reason every day to be thankful for the accomplishment you have achieved.
- It can be easier to recognise the many things that we can be thankful for when we develop a strong appreciation for the life we have been given.
- Maintain a personal journal in which each day write five things that made you happy.
- Create Fresh Healthy Habits, Replace The Old Ones
- Look for a fresh practice that is good and keep doing it over and over again because according to a research documented in the European Journal of Social Psychology, the time for a new practice to be second nature to one is about two months.
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Partake In Sober Activities Instead Of Using
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.
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Listed are suggested activities that keep the boredom and negativity at bay
- Mind reflections
- Get involved in sports.
- Visit a shop for arts and crafts
- Educate yourself
- Learn a new language
- Volunteering for community work
Join Social Groups For A Support Feeling
It will not be difficult for you to find positive outlets that can provide community and support during your life after the rehab regardless of where you are living. Mingle with positive people and sign up for personal or group discussions.
Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.
The Possibility Of Going Out Without Relapsing
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. When you are in a place where access to drinks or other possible substances is uninhibited, then you may just well forget about sobriety.
You can, however, resist this temptation when you are in such kind of an environment.
Social gatherings are tempting places but you can overcome it in the following ways
- Keeping a company that is sober is one of the best way to overcome this.
- Have in hand a non-alcoholic beverage which will keep your senses occupied.
- Minimise the time you spend within the party by arriving late or leaving early.
- If you feel that the temptation is getting too much, you can leave that place.
Why It Is Necessary To Get Sober And Remain That Way
Better state of the circulatory and hepatic systems, abundance of energy, and ability to rest well are some of the numerous health merits. However, more than your health are other important things that contribute to your well-being as a person. These include
- Make new, clean friends
- Enjoying your financial wealth
- Clarity in mind and new excitement for life
- Extra energy to indulge in activities which you enjoy
- Looking and feeling better
- For other users trying to be sober, you can be a role model
Of all the battles you might fight, overcoming alcohol or substances abuse might be the most difficult. The process will not be fast or seamless, and it is a lifelong commitment. Achieving sobriety will give you new confidence and you will find that you are now able to take challenges under which you used to buckle before.
Every journey always begins with a small step in the right direction. You also need to have an objective as to why you are withdrawing from alcohol and follow it to the end.