When you leave rehab, you might think the hard part of recovery is behind you. In some respects that is true, but, many challenges lie ahead of you as well. Staying strong in recovery takes dedication and the will to succeed. To help you achieve your goal of sobriety, apply the coping skills you learned in rehab. Also, there are several other suggestions to help you stay on track. Here are ten tips for transitioning smoothly into sober living:
Suggestions for Staying Strong in Recovery
After rehab, it is essential for recovering addicts to put their recovery first. It’s often difficult to avoid situations that might trigger a relapse because you don’t want to offend anyone. But, you must do whatever is necessary to stay sober. Other things you can try for keeping on the right path include:
- Know Your “Triggers” – Did anger, anxiety, depression, or discomfort cause you to drink or use drugs in the past? If so, do whatever you can to avoid these emotions to prevent relapsing. It’s easier said than done, but staying busy with sober activities can help.
- Build or Join a Support Group – There are many support groups for recovering addicts that you can join such as 12-Step meetings, SMART Recovery, or faith-based and non-religious groups. These groups help you feel that you aren’t alone in your struggle to remain sober.
- Make Positive changes in Your Lifestyle – Decreasing stress and cultivating wellness is a great way to avoid relapse. A healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and regular exercise are vital to helping you keep a positive outlook. A healthy mind and body is less likely to crave mood-altering substances.
- Practicing Mindfulness – When you have a tough moment try to focus on one thing only. Focus on deep breathing for a few minutes. If the situation is more than you can handle, get away by going for a snack or taking a nap. Do something to make yourself feel better.
- Find a Job – Being gainfully employed helps pay the bills, but it’s also a boost to your self-esteem. A sense of self-worth is one of the best weapons against relapse. Take is slowly in the beginning, work part-time for awhile until you’re comfortable with the responsibility.
- Set Goals and Track Your Progress – These goals can include personal goals, family goals, and career goals. But, be careful that you don’t set unrealistic goals that will cause you a lot of stress. Each time you reach a goal, you become stronger in your conviction to succeed in recovery.
- Hire a Life Coach or Recovery Coach – These individuals help people organize their daily routine to avoid boredom, which is a known trigger for relapse. They also help a person set goals and make plans to achieve them. A life coach will also assist with finding a job, a place to live and help arrange transportation.
- Show and Feel Gratitude – Don’t focus on the past. Surviving addiction is a feat you should be proud of, so don’t dwell on past wrongs. Reliving past wrongdoings can make you sad or depressed. Learn to look forward and see the beauty in living sober.
- Take Time for Yourself – It’s important to stay busy during recovery, but you also need a little downtime. If you don’t take time to relax and do something nice for yourself, you may start feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Remember, this is about you and your successful recovery.
- It’s Okay to Say “No” – Recovering addicts often feel the need to prove themselves or to make up for past poor choices. Before they know it, the obligations they’ve made take a toll and leave the person feeling inadequate. It’s okay to say no sometimes.
Other Ways to Ensure Long-Term Recovery
When you were attending rehab, your counselors worked with you to create an aftercare plan to assist you in transitioning back into society. It is important that you follow-through with this plan in addition to the above suggestions.
Many aftercare services can be valuable sources of encouragement and guidance as you learn to navigate through the day as a sober person. Someone is always available to offer advice or listen when you need to vent. They can also be valuable resources for information on finding jobs, transportation, daycare for your child/children, and more.
If you would like more suggestions for staying strong in recovery, contact us today. One of our representatives will be happy to talk with you.