Life is drastically different as you transition from living in a substance abuse treatment facility back to your daily life on the “outside.” It’s a challenge to learn to live an entirely different lifestyle free from drugs or alcohol. Participating in and completing a treatment program is a step towards sobriety and recovery, but you must implement changes after to stay sober. Here are four steps you can take to help maintain your sobriety once you go back out to the real world.
Ways to help stay sober after substance abuse treatment
Strong support system
A healthy support system is an absolute necessity for maintaining your sobriety. Surround yourself with family members and friends and join a support group to help you connect with others going through the same thing without judgment. A 12-step program can also aid in helping you identify your triggers, concerns, and issues that contribute to substance abuse. It might also be necessary to distance yourself from old friends who engage in activities that are detrimental to staying sober.
Family and friends can try, but many times they’re not able to understand exactly what you’re struggling with. An aftercare program can aid in helping you stay accountable and give you a schedule to follow to gain some normalcy. Other members of the group can provide peer support and help with juggling work, school, emotions, relationships, and other daily responsibilities.
A professional therapist with experience in treating addiction can be a valuable asset to your treatment once you complete a program at a substance abuse treatment facility. A therapist can help you work through past trauma, personal issues, relationship concerns, and communication struggles you’re dealing with. The underlying issues can contribute to relapse and hinder recovery.
Set and work towards goals
Goals give you something to strive for. Identify what’s important to you in life and work on putting effort into it. Participate in more family activities, work towards a promotion at work, or pick up and master a new hobby. The goal is to stay busy and put your energy into improving the present and future.
No one said recovery is an easy road. There is bound to be bumps and struggles along the way, but with dedication and the right tools, you can stay substance-free long-term. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, we can help. Call us now at 800-737-0933 to get started.