In your active addiction, life centered around drugs and alcohol. As a recovering addict who is ready to start life over finding a new focus is a complicated step. You may have questions about what happens after you leave rehab. When is it okay to start a relationship? Can I continue my old friendships with people that use? What types of activities can I do to pass the time? Early recovery is a time to breathe and take things slow. There is a saying among the sober, “recovery is a process.”
Aftercare should be your primary aim upon completing rehab. The daily routine of a rehab program cannot last forever. You will need to find a way to maintain your long-term sobriety. Spend the first year in recovery focusing on you. Now is not the time to begin a romantic relationship. Avoid old friends that continue to use as they may trigger a relapse. One of the biggest worries among addicts is boredom. Explore new hobbies and places that you do not associate with drug use. An essential aspect to your aftercare is support from others. Some people in recovery see a therapist while others attend group meetings. To be successful, you need help to lean on throughout your recovery.
Steps to a Successful Recovery
Early recovery is a critical time in your newfound sobriety. You may feel lonely and vulnerable. Below are suggestions to keep your recovery on the right path:
Meeting people with years of sobriety is an excellent way to build support. It will also help you establish a network of friends with whom you can enjoy sober activities.
Visit the doctor and assess your mental health. As an addict, you were too focused on drugs to care for yourself. Now is the time to take care of your physical and mental health.
Watch out for anything that may trigger a relapse. Many addicts become too comfortable in their recovery. They think that it is okay to have one drink or one pill. Vigilance is vital to your recovery.
Recovery is a process that will last your entire life. Take things slow and enjoy the possibilities. If you are ready to start your journey towards recovery, please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day at 800-737-0933
You may be familiar with the old recovery cliche, “getting sober is easy; staying sober is hard.” Navigating your new life alone can seem like a daunting prospect. And now that you have given up on “people, places, and things,” it is natural to desire the closeness of another person. Many addicts new to recovery jump into relationships to avoid feeling alone. The sense of possibility that recovery brings you may make you feel ready for a new relationship. But most experts suggest waiting a year before diving into romance.
Early recovery is a time to work on yourself. It is a time to work on existing relationships still strained from your active addiction. One of the hardest things you will do in your recovery is facing your past mistakes to make amends. Romantic relationships are an easy way to avoid keeping the focus on you. But keeping the focus on you is crucial in the early months of recovery. Right now your recovery is so fresh that you may not be in the best mindset to pick the right romantic partner. Recovering drug addicts often attract other drug addicts. Two vulnerable people make for a problematic pairing in sobriety.
The Dangers of Dating
You may not realize it, but dating in early recovery poses a danger to your long-term sobriety. There are many reasons why:
Dating is a “high” like drugs and alcohol. Emotions you feel at the beginning of a new relationship are natural and healthy. The neurochemistry behind those feelings is like the effects of drugs and alcohol. You may be replacing one high for another.
Break-ups trigger relapses. Ending a relationship is tough for anyone. The pain is especially hard when you are learning to cope without illicit substances. A relationship that ends too soon may cause you to seek solace again with your drug of choice.
You open yourself up to vulnerability. As a newly recovering addict be wary of people looking to prey upon your vulnerable state. Watch out for addicts with years of sobriety who you may listen to as a mentor or sponsor. Keep the relationship professional.