In 2010, almost 24 million people had an alcohol or drug addiction. If you are like them, you will seek help from a substance abuse treatment facility. But the real work extends beyond supervised treatment. Long-term recovery is a combination of post-treatment behaviors.
Real world Strategies for Addiction Recovery
Addiction affects your mind, body and soul. When you receive care at a facility, the doctors, nurses, counselors, etc. work together to develop a multi-prong approach that addresses all of your needs. However, when you finish a formal program, you will be the person solely in charge of your recovery.
Tips for Sober Living After Rehab
Changing just one aspect of your life won’t be enough to achieve and sustain sobriety. Here are some tips to help you take control of your recovery.
1. Associate with Positive People
Choose your friends wisely. Avoid people you used to hang out with when you were using. When it comes to your sobriety, your friends will either help you move forward or drag you back to abuse. Consider thir actions, not their words. If they are still using or not enrolled in a formal program, do not spend time with them.
2. Find a new Spot
Similar to finding new friends is choosing new places. Don’t revisit the local bar, neighborhood or apartment of your old dealer. Forego a trip down memory lane. Don’t delude yourself by thinking because you finished rehab you are strong enough to overcome any urges (triggers).
3. Get Support
Real recovery requires a strong support system. Reach out to family, friends, counselors and your pastor. Let people who care about you know what you are dealing with. Join a support group. Connect with recovered addicts online. Ask for help.
4. Plan for an Attack
Your triggers can pop up out of no where. The smell of someone else’s smoke, a breakup or divorce, money problems and family issues can make you want to take a drink. It’s unavoidable but not impossible to overcome. Determine how you will react to a situation before it happens.
5. Start a Journal
Record your experiences. Write about your happenings and your perception of them. Question how you can do things differently. Celebrate the things that made you proud.
Recovery is possible. Continue your journey with a focus on after care.
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