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How To Stay Sober After Rehab

The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life


Achieving sobriety after therapy is quite a feat and the real work of staying sober is just only starting. Engaging in routine activities and committing to goals are few of the good distractions in order to stay clean from day to day.

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.


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.


Being able to recognize your stressors or triggers proves very helpful in maintaining status quo. Abstinence maintenance is made less difficult by this fact.


Managing And Staying Away From Temptations After Rehabilitation

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

Once you are back in the real world, time and again triggers and situations that pushed you toward the path of addiction might confront you again.

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 A 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.
  • Whenever you are faced with enticement, you should look for a person or meeting around you that is accessible.
  • Your Atmosphere Should Be Altered
  • Ensure your house is free of any traces of drugs before you move into it after completing rehab.
  • Make an attempt to avoid places, which can spark feelings of interest in the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Commit To Realistic And Achievable Goals
  • It makes it less difficult to resist when enticed if there are objectives to follow.
  • Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
  • Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • At times, you might want to miss the appointments or handle your affairs on your own, but staying clean is easier when there are professionals giving you support.
  • Always be grateful for how far you have come in your recovery journey.
  • 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.
  • Five circumstances that bring joy and satisfaction should be documented every passing day.
  • Change Your Lifestyle For The Better
  • The European Journal of Social Psychology reported on a study indicating that people require at least 60 days to form a habit so it is important to start a new one as soon as possible.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

Forming positive habits and participating in healthy activities to pass time are highly recommended forms of distraction.

In the absence of alcohol and other substances, non-indulgent habits can still be interesting.

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

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Take part in games
  • Reading
  • Developing a hobby on crafts or art
  • Pursuing a degree or going back to school
  • Studying a new language
  • Cultivation
  • Help in communal activities

Register With A Support Group

Seek for the nearest available support organization in your area and take advantage of the services offered. Mingle with positive people and sign up for personal or group discussions.

Involvement in other therapies like individual care, follow-ups, anonymous meetings and other form of self-help gathering can equally be done.


The Ability To Be Around Drugs And Alcohol Without Falling Into Old Habits

This could just be one of the trigger situations that could test your control where it is best to just skip altogether. It will be difficult for newcomers completely to stop thinking about their old habits and therefore, the problem of resisting a temptation can be challenging.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself in a compromising condition (such as get-together of closed ones), these are some of the things you can do to ease the atmosphere.

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

  • Make sure you are there with a friend that neither use nor drink and be in company of dependable people.
  • Drink beverages free of alcohol and keep a glass of such a drink in your hand all the time.
  • You can also spend as little time as possible in the gatherings where alcohol is available.
  • If you feel that the temptation is getting too much, you can leave that place.

The Benefits Of Getting And Staying Off The Alcohol And Drugs

Your health improves in more than one ways when you stay clean; your liver and heart start functioning more effectively and you sleep better. Physical health benefits apart, there are many other reasons to stay clean. Other benefits of staying sober:

  • Making new and sober friends
  • Having new investments
  • A clear and positive outlook
  • Always having a high life esteem
  • Having a positive look
  • Becoming an example and a source of anticipation for others who could be struggling with an addiction

Of all the battles you might fight, overcoming alcohol or substances abuse might be the most difficult. The devotion and struggle might be throughout one's life: it is never simple and fast. Overpowering situations that are challenging reveals power that you never knew you have when you fight for abstinence.

Direction is more important than speed when you start your recovery. Whenever a temptation beholds you strongly, divert your mind and focus on the reasons which encouraged you to become and stay sober in the first place.