After attending a rehab program, your major goal is to likely stay free from the substance to which you were addicted. While that goal might sound easy to others, it can certainly prove difficult. Instead of allowing temptation to arise and to interfere with your process, recognize that you have a number of resources available to you. These resources can generally be grouped into one of three categories:
- Your community
- Your rehab program
Turn to Yourself
During your time in rehab, you likely learned that you have a tremendous amount of strength, and you can look to that inner strength when you’re feeling tempted. For example, in the program, you almost certainly learned how to handle your triggers. While you may try to avoid some of them, doing so isn’t always possible. Therefore, when you encounter these triggers, think back to the strategies you learned. Focus on them and not on the triggers.
Also, you can pursue activities that allow you to find your inner strength whilst in moments of solitude. Practicing yoga or meditation at home each day or every other day can help to bring you greater tranquility. You can also look into activities that allow you to explore your emotions, such as drawing, writing or painting. Using these activities to distract you from your triggers is helpful. However, you can also simply pursue them as hobbies and passions; you don’t have to wait for a negative situation to occur.
Getting yourself into a routine is another strategy to help prevent relapse. While you don’t need to have every minute of your day crammed with activities, scheduling out your day helps you to know what is coming next. Instead of having idle time where troubles could arise, you’ll know that in a short while you will go on your afternoon walk, text with your friends, take a relaxing shower or enjoy an evening snack in the garden. A schedule helps you look forward to the highlights of your day as well.
Turn to Others
When you think of your community, you may envision your neighborhood, but community can be even smaller than that. Your most immediate community is usually made up of your relatives and friends. If you have a romantic partner, children or pets, they are part of your community too. All of these individuals can provide you with support to help prevent you from relapsing.
In the past, you might have isolated yourself because of yourself addiction. While it can be difficult to do at first, work to open yourself up to new social experiences and to spend more time with your loved ones. These healthy relationships can help to prevent you from engaging in drug or alcohol abuse. When you are enjoying a pleasant outing or conversation with a special person or pet, you may not think about your addiction at all.
Of course, you should also have trusted individuals to turn to when you are feeling drawn toward engaging in your old habits. This person should be someone to whom you are close, and you must trust this individual. If you are feeling tempted into using drugs or alcohol, you can call this person. In some cases, the phone call might be enough to prevent you from taking a dangerous action. In others, you may need to meet with the person to have some support right there for you. What’s important to note here is that you aren’t required to go through this process by yourself. Even if you are afraid to ask loved ones for help, recognize that they have stood by you through this process so far. Chances are that they are on your side and want to see you succeed. The issue is that they may not know what you need them to do for you. Therefore, you have to let them know.
Your Rehab Program
Whether you went to an inpatient or outpatient program, you may feel as though this resource is no longer there for you once the treatment is done. However, this notion is simply not the truth at all. Rehab programs want to help you to stay sober in the long term. Before you left the facility, you likely discussed continuing resources with a staff member. Now is the time to take advantage of these resources. Also, if you were previously enrolled in an inpatient program, you can now take advantage of outpatient meetings to continue your treatment.
Even if an aftercare plan was not discussed, you should still speak with a representative at the facility. Resources are available for you. You might hesitate because you wonder if you will need to enroll in a treatment program again. Keep in mind that other options are offered, especially if you have not actually relapsed and are instead trying to avoid relapsing. You could also seek the assistance of a rehab facility that you did not attend before to get a fresh perspective on the struggles that you are experiencing.
Another way to avoid relapse is to think about the bonds that you made while you were in treatment. Perhaps you worked continuously with a trusted counselor whom you could call to meet with. Also, you likely developed bonds with your peers. The connections that you make with other people in the program can seriously help you in the long term. These individuals have a seriously strong sense of what you are going through, and you can help one another work through these issues. Even when you don’t live close to one another, modern technology makes it more than possible to maintain bonds and to provide guidance through such situations.
Your journey doesn’t end when the program is finished. Instead, you are starting a new journey, but you don’t need to face this journey without support. Many resources exist, and they are available to help you. Get started on better preventing relapse by calling 877-978-3148 today.