Going through the process of rehabilitation seems to be an overwhelming feat for many. It takes a strong individual to get off drugs and maintain their sobriety. As painful as the journey, many find that the real work begins when you leave the program. You are faced with a world surrounded by familiarity, and that can often lead people to pick up their unhealthy habits. To maintain your sobriety, some changes need to be made. You cannot go to the same places or hang with the people from your past life. To be successful, you must turn over a new leaf. Here are some tips on how to stay sober once you leave your rehabilitation facially.
Making Monumental Changes
You must evaluate your life outside of rehab. What things trigger you to use drugs or alcohol? Are there any people in your inner circle that are not good influences on your sobriety? You are going to need to make some tough decisions, and these decisions are imperative to your success. If you are a bartender and surrounded by alcohol, and you just got out of rehab for a drinking problem, then it is safe to say that you need to find a new job. Rather than thinking of all the things that must change, think of the positive things that will come from trying to be better.
Surround Yourself with Positivity
It is easy to see the glass as half empty, and have a negative outlook on life if the people around you are pessimistic. Surround yourself with people that are going to lift your spirits and make your world a better place. You may identify that one of your triggers for using is depression. Rather than hang around individuals that are full of problems, try finding someone who tends to have more of an optimistic view on life.
Embrace Your Faith
Many find that embracing their faith is the only way to get through this journey. It does not matter what your beliefs, the importance is knowing that there is somebody bigger that has a significant plan for your life. Faith will get you through some of the darkest times. There is comfort and peace in trusting in a higher power.
Engage with A Strong Support Group
Of all the things you do once you are released from rehab, you must make sure that you have an active support group. Finding a group of people that have been where you are and are walking the same path, can be the difference between being successful or failing. You need the strength in others to make it on this difficult journey. Attending meetings, talking about your shortcomings and successes, will not only strengthen you but others.
Cleave to Your Family
Your family is almost always a huge source of support and encouragement. There is nothing better than a hug from a parent or a pat on the back from a brother or sister. It is often the case that relationships suffer when you have a drug or alcohol problem. Use your time to rebuild broken relationships and strengthen the family bond. They need you just as much as you need them. Without family, life is not the same. Those who can maintain long-term sobriety almost always have the love and support of their family.
You will find that when you allow your mind too much time to think it can ruminate on things that are better left in the past. Everyone has skeletons in their closet and things that they wish they could change. What you do today will affect tomorrow. Never let the past hold you back from being great. Never sit behind four walls and isolate. Get out in the fresh air, get some sunshine, and enjoy the company of others. Try not to beat yourself up too bad. Sure, you made mistakes, but you picked yourself up, and you are moving past those. Keep your mind busy, and you will fare better.
Connect with A Counselor
Most drug and alcohol problems have some sort of mental illness at the crux. Ongoing monitoring with a psychiatrist or psychologist is imperative. Since each situation is different, the various needs of each person will also be diverse. Your plan may involve medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or other techniques. Do not ignore the mental health issues behind your addiction. You cannot let your depression or anxiety give you cause to run back to the thing that you worked so hard to give up. Your counselor becomes a confidant and a much-needed part of your ongoing success.
Do Not Beat Yourself Up
You should know that relapsing is part of the process. Think of a person who is committed to a diet. They may cheat and eat something that they know they should not. They cannot give up just because they made one mistake. They pick themselves up and start again. If in the future you have a momentary lack of self-control and you relapse, you must realize that it is not the end of the world. You should pick yourself up and begin again. No one wants to lose all their days of sobriety, but if something should happen, you should realize that you are human, and you are going to mess up. The problem is when you develop the mentality that you already screwed up, so you can use again and again.
Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you feel yourself slipping or the cravings for your fix are overheating, then you need to get help. Call or visit someone who can help you through the challenging times. Call on your network of help during the dark times. Your network of family, friends, and professionals are all imperative to your long-term success. It is not failing if you need help, it shows how strong you really are. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you no matter where you are in your journey. Call 877-978-3148