The Best 4 Things You Can Do When You Get Home From RehabJuly 18, 2016 - Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Recovery - 0 Comments
Leaving rehab is a momentous occasion that may leave you feeling both excited and a little nervous. While relapse is likely at the back of your mind, it is important to remember that there are many things you can do to maintain your sobriety. As you prepare to head home, here are the four best things you can do to stay on the right path toward better health.
Create a Plan to Avoid Triggers
When you were in the throes of addiction, you likely had habits that surrounded your use of drugs and alcohol. For example, you may find that spending time with certain people triggers a desire to use again. Alternatively, you may have a special chair where you did drugs or a special glass you drank out of each night. Upon returning home, remove any physical objects that trigger your addiction, and stick to your plan to avoid people and locations that could make you relapse.
Implement an Exercise Routine
In your treatment program, you learned that developing healthy habits helps your body to heal, and the healing process will continue throughout your first years of sobriety. Whether you prefer to go to the gym or run on natural trails, it is important to develop a schedule for regular exercise. While you are at it, fill your fridge and pantry with healthy foods that will give your body the fuel it needs to continue in your recovery.
Develop a Support Network
At some point, everyone faces a weak moment when they are tempting to use drugs or alcohol. When this moment arrives, make sure you have a trusted friend or family member to call. It is also important to create a full network of support that includes sober people who can provide you with safe and healthy social opportunities. This way, you always have someone to talk to or a safe place to go when you feel like you might have a relapse.
Stick to Your After Care Plan
Before leaving your treatment program, you created a plan for follow-up care. Spend a few minutes making sure that you have the transportation and time you need to attend counseling sessions and support group meetings. If necessary, we can help you find a program that fits into your new sober lifestyle such as one with evening hours that you can attend after work.
The decision to fight your addiction and embrace sobriety is one that will lead to greater health and happiness. Yet, returning home from rehab is a vulnerable time when you will need some support. By implementing these four strategies, you can rest assured that you will be able to remain strong in your commitment no matter what happens after you get home.
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