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