How to Stay Sober After Rehab
Getting into a rehab program is the first step toward a full recovery, but it is not the only step. There are many other smaller steps after completing rehab that will enable you to stay sober once you leave the treatment facility.
Get a Plan in Place
Working with a counselor to get a plan in place before leaving the treatment facility can assist tremendously in reducing the level of stress after leaving treatment. Our counselors are trained in helping people with developing long-term recovery plans. A recovery plan can include things like your short and long-term goals, effective coping mechanism, and more. Having a written list of potential triggers and solutions for healthily dealing with the triggers can give you an edge over your addiction. One of the most common reasons that people relapse is due to not having a plan in place for dealing with triggering situations.
Actively Practice your Coping Mechanisms
It’s easy to read and listen to others speak about the importance of having healthy coping mechanisms, but they aren’t any good if you do not familiarize yourself with them through practice. Breathing techniques and meditation are two great examples of coping mechanisms that are most effective when practiced regularly. Coping mechanisms such as meditation take time to get used to, and you can get the most out of them when stress arises by having a solid practice already established.
Build a Support System
Keeping connected to other individuals who are healthy and capable of supporting you can be incredibly helpful when it comes to staying sober. After completing treatment, it can be tempting to reach out to old, unhealthy connections that do not serve your sobriety when you are feeling lonely. Working to establish new and healthier relationships can help you to keep your life healthy and free from unhealthy influences.
Volunteering your time is a great way to fill up your life with a healthy and emotionally fulfilling activity. A lot of the time people who are newly sober struggle to find productive uses of their time and find themselves bored when they are no longer filling up their time with substance abuse. Volunteering is a great way to make use of free time and to assist with the process of making new connections, which in turn can make life more enjoyable.