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How To Stay Sober After Rehab

Getting Back To Normal After Being An Addict


Achieving sobriety after therapy is quite a feat and the real work of staying sober is just only starting. Setting goals and adopting healthy hobbies can help you stay clean after you complete rehab.

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.


Moving on from rehab can bring along several new challenges when an effort is made to learn how to navigate an absolutely fresh and a sober lifestyle and this is although the individual could be overcome by excitement because of the movement.


It is possible for you to attain prevention and coping with the initiators by getting to know them well. Abstinence maintenance is made less difficult by this fact.


Managing Urges And Triggers Post Rehabilitation

The transition of moving from a supported environment back to normality can be a challenging task for an addict who has recovered.

One constantly gets more desires to use the drugs after they have left rehab.

Finding yourself in old familiar places, situations and people that bring back those negative emotions may drive you back to the old habits.


Many things, like ones discussed ahead, help you dodge old temptations:

  • 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.
  • You can also join the groups in your locality.
  • Modify Your Environment
  • After leaving the facility and before reaching home, you should be asking a loved one or an individual you trust to discard any paraphernalia from your place.
  • Manage to stay away or redesign rooms or places to avoid rekindling old feelings that may trigger your substance abuse.
  • Set Objectives For Your Future
  • It makes it less difficult to resist when enticed if there are objectives to follow.
  • It provides you with the focus to hold on to when times get rough and makes it easier for you to keep on track.
  • Never Miss Your Follow Up Appointments
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • Always keep in mind that the experience and information you will get from your counsellors will equip you with skills and coping mechanisms that you may not figure on your own.
  • Take time to appreciate.
  • It greatly helps to pay attention and be thankful even to the smallest positive things that you have.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Create Fresh Healthy Habits, Replace The Old Ones
  • A study which has been published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology provides information that it can take in excess of two months before a fresh habit can become habitual, and therefore, you will be required to find a new and a positive habit which you enjoy and stay with it without exceptions.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

It is crucial to change old activities and lifestyles to fresh activities during treatment.

There are a lot of activities and new hobbies that you can take part in when you are living a clean life.

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Listed are suggested activities that keep the boredom and negativity at bay:

  • Running
  • Meditation
  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Visit a shop for arts and crafts
  • Join online classes
  • Study new cultures and linguistics
  • Gardening
  • Volunteer work

Seek Outlets That Provide A Community Sense

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. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


Chances Of Partying And Going To Bars Without Touching Alcohol

This could just be one of the trigger situations that could test your control where it is best to just skip altogether. Replacing old habits can take time and that's why people who have just achieved sobriety find it much harder to resist temptation.

In cases where you are cornered to deal with alcohol, you may just be able to save yourself from it.

What to do to resist urges in social gatherings:

  • Try not to go alone; instead take someone who's close to you and who doesn't drink.
  • Always go there with a drink devoid of alcohol to keep you busy.
  • 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 It Is Important To Get And Remain Clean

You can reap a number of his benefits if you decide to stay sober and these can include the improved functionality of your liver and heart along with enhanced performance in your everyday life and their activities and better sleep. However, more than your health are other important things that contribute to your well-being as a person. Other benefits of staying sober:

  • Making new and sober friends
  • Spend less money
  • Clarity in mind and new excitement for life
  • Improved energy to do more
  • Dressing nice and smart
  • For other users trying to be sober, you can be a role model

Perhaps saying that bouncing back and getting well from addiction is a very daunting task could be an understatement. It certain that it is not a straightforward and easy process. The will to be sober will help you in the recovery process in the long run even when it is a challenging process.

Rome wasn't built in a day. Recollection of reasons you decided to stop using at the beginning helps when faced with urges to backslide.