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Staying Sober After Rehab

Getting Back To Normal After Being An Addict


It takes commitment for a person to completely stop the use of drugs in their lives if they have been addicts. Setting goals and adopting healthy hobbies can help you stay clean after you complete rehab.

An atmosphere with good social backing that enables users to maintain abstinence by encouragement of security and contentment is the rehabilitation centre.

The environment in these facilities is one that can help a person stop the use or even the urge of taking drugs.


Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.


However, people get to learn about the best ways through which they can live a clean lifestyle after rehab even when they face the desires to use the drugs again. Abstinence maintenance is made less difficult by this fact.


Managing Urges And Triggers Post Rehabilitation

Getting back to normal life after staying in a protected, controlled environment is not easy.

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.


However, there are activities that can divert your attention from the drugs such as:

  • Establish Positive Relationships and Support System
  • Those that have been able to maintain abstinence for a long time and also want you to do the same, are individuals you should be socialising with.
  • Ensure you are part of a local support group on whom you can count for help.
  • Make Positive Changes To Your Lifestyle
  • 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.
  • Set Goals For The Future
  • You will find yourself better equipped to handle temptations after you have defined what you want to achieve in future.
  • One is bound to keep off the drugs if they have a plan for their future and will work to achieve it.
  • Religiously Attend Post-Rehab Treatment Schedules
  • If you have a set of follow-up appointments scheduled with your rehabilitation centre or the doctor you should not be looking to avoid the meetings.
  • Help from doctors and rehabilitation centres are important to sustain abstinence although sometimes they seem like lots of stress and you might be tempted to skip.
  • Always be grateful for how far you have come in your recovery journey.
  • Becoming aware of the good things in your life will make you realize that you are indeed lucky, and then you wouldn't want to throw them away.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Replace Old Bad Habits With New Healthy Habits
  • 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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Taking Part In Clean Activities Instead Of Using

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

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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You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:

  • Workout
  • Refection
  • Involvement in athletics
  • Reading
  • Spending time in museum
  • Join online classes
  • Taking courses in a new language
  • Cultivation
  • Volunteering for community work

Seek Outlets That Provide A Community Sense

In your post rehabilitation days, social groups that help to develop you can be found irrespective of your location. Involvement in jobs and hobbies with like minds, participation in social meetings, going for psychological consultations enables you to keep inspiring people within reach.

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


Partying Around Drugs And Alcohol While Remaining In Control

It may be challenging for a person who has just left rehab to resist the temptation to drink a little when they are in a bar. The urge to drink can overpower someone and make them relapse on their recovery.

However, there can be situations when some type of alcohol use will become inevitable [like for example a family holiday party] and they are certain steps which you can take that can ease the situation for you.

Social gatherings are tempting places but you can overcome it in the following ways:

  • Surround yourselves with people that can be trusted and visit the setting with a sober friend.
  • If you get the urge to drink, you can use a drink that is not alcoholic.
  • Arrive later and/or leave earlier to shorten your stay at the party.
  • At the slightest sign of urge to drink or use, exit the vicinity.

The Benefits Of Getting And Staying Off The Alcohol And Drugs

Your general well being will be improved when you start being sober. However, more than your health are other important things that contribute to your well-being as a person. This include:

  • The company of good friends and family
  • Having new investments
  • Enjoyment of living
  • Always having a high life esteem
  • Looking and feeling better
  • Give new hope to other addicts who want to quit

It is challenging to withdraw from the use of alcohol. It is a one step at a time undertaking: It is one decision that you will need more time to achieve. The will to be sober will help you in the recovery process in the long run even when it is a challenging process.

You must be willing to keep clean for you to be successful. You also need to have an objective as to why you are withdrawing from alcohol and follow it to the end.