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Remaining Sober Post Rehabilitation

Moving From Rehab To Typical Life


It is more difficult remaining abstinent for long even after doing a great work to reach the level of abstinence. Setting up goals and developing new hobbies are a few methods that can be used during the effort to stay sober.

It is way easier for a person to withdrawal from the drugs if they are in a rehab facility because they will be monitored there.

Provision of opportunities of restoration and survival and a strong background of safety are provided by rehabilitation that keeps one going while at home.


Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.


It is possible for you to attain prevention and coping with the initiators by getting to know them well. This skill and awareness enable you to effectively fight the urges and triggers that draw you every now and then.


Handling The Desires To Use When Out Of Rehab

The transition of moving from a supported environment back to normality can be a challenging task for an addict who has recovered.

Circumstances that may precipitate relapse to previous unhealthy lifestyle are often faced by going back home.

Matters like returning to the old neighbourhood, meeting family members or friends, along with certain emotions can trigger the temptations to revert back to using drugs or alcohol.


Many things, like ones discussed ahead, help you dodge old temptations:

  • Finding A Solid Support System
  • Those that have been able to maintain abstinence for a long time and also want you to do the same, are individuals you should be socialising with.
  • Participate in support groups or have a reliable confidant who will not only police your negative tendencies but also holds you accountable for your actions and commitment.
  • Your Atmosphere Should Be Altered
  • After leaving the facility and before reaching home, you should be asking a loved one or an individual you trust to discard any paraphernalia from your place.
  • You can also keep off environments where there drugs are being sold.
  • Plans For Your Life
  • When you have a set of goals for the future, it will become much simpler for you to manage the temptations as and when they arise.
  • One is bound to keep off the drugs if they have a plan for their future and will work to achieve it.
  • Never Miss Your Follow Up Appointments
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • At times, you might want to miss the appointments or handle your affairs on your own, but staying clean is easier when there are professionals giving you support.
  • Appreciation at every time.
  • Recognition of good things we have going for us is more possible when we have a grateful heart.
  • Five circumstances that bring joy and satisfaction should be documented every passing day.
  • Replace Bad Habits With New Better Ones
  • To develop new habits so that you start doing them automatically takes more than 60 days, and therefore you should make efforts to stick with new positive changes you introduce into your life.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

It is crucial to change old activities and lifestyles to fresh activities during treatment.

In the absence of alcohol and other substances, non-indulgent habits can still be interesting.

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You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:

  • Running
  • Mind reflections
  • Get involved in sports.
  • Read
  • Take part in art works
  • Pursuing a degree or going back to school
  • Learn a new language
  • Take up farming
  • Volunteer.

Register With A Support Group

Seek for the nearest available support organization in your area and take advantage of the services offered. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


The Ability To Be Around Drugs And Alcohol Without Falling Into Old Habits

Temptations are easy to come by during the initial stages after a recovery has been completed, and individuals at this stage will be more vulnerable to succumb to temptation, therefore, it is best completely to avoid getting into situations when the temptations could be triggered. Replacing old habits can take time and that's why people who have just achieved sobriety find it much harder to resist temptation.

You can, however, resist this temptation when you are in such kind of an environment.

What to do to resist urges in social gatherings:

  • Keeping a company that is sober is one of the best way to overcome this.
  • Drink beverages free of alcohol and keep a glass of such a drink in your hand all the time.
  • Avoid spending a lot of time in such a setting.
  • The moment you feel your resolve is getting a little weaker, get out of the party immediately.

Why It Is Necessary To Get Sober And Remain That Way

Your health improves in more than one ways when you stay clean; your liver and heart start functioning more effectively and you sleep better. In addition to that, there are some advantages that you will get and not just for your health. This include:

  • Make new, clean friends
  • Having new investments
  • A clear and positive outlook
  • Always having a high life esteem
  • Looking and feeling better
  • Give new hope to other addicts who want to quit

Perhaps saying that bouncing back and getting well from addiction is a very daunting task could be an understatement. It is a one step at a time undertaking: It is one decision that you will need more time to achieve. Simply by making an effort to remain sober you will have acquired new strength by overcoming the problems that you thought you would not be able to achieve.

Every journey always begins with a small step in the right direction. Whenever a temptation beholds you strongly, divert your mind and focus on the reasons which encouraged you to become and stay sober in the first place.