Getting Back To Normal After Being An Addict
Achieving sobriety after therapy is quite a feat and the real work of staying sober is just only starting. Identifying new activities to do will help a person keep away from the drugs.
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.
Rehab can provide a great foundation for security along with the tools that are required to heal and cope even after the individual has left the facility.
Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.
Being able to recognize your stressors or triggers proves very helpful in maintaining status quo. This skill and awareness enable you to effectively fight the urges and triggers that draw you every now and then.
Managing And Staying Away From Temptations After Rehabilitation
The transition of moving from a supported environment back to normality can be a challenging task for an addict who has recovered.
One constantly gets more desires to use the drugs after they have left rehab.
You will have to go back to the past environment where you used to be an addict and this is what gives you the desire to go back to the drugs or alcohol.
There are a few methods by which you can avoid or manage these temptations in your everyday life after the rehab such as
- Establish A Support System
- Hang out with clean people and your loved ones who are willing to lend you a helping hand in your effort to stay clean.
- You can also join the groups in your locality.
- Modify Your Environment
- Tell your family or friends to help relocate stuffs that can serve as initiators to relapse.
- You can also keep off environments where there drugs are being sold.
- Commit To Realistic And Achievable Goals
- Having a plan for your life can be instrumental in helping you stay clean.
- Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
- Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
- Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
- The temptation to skip the meetings or beginning to feel that you can handle matters yourselves will certainly be there, but it will be easier to keep away or manage temptations when you receive health and support from the professionals who guided you in the first place.
- Find time each day to express thanks for all the good things happened to you that day.
- 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.
- Engage In Positive New Activities And Improve the Old Ones
- A study which has been published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology provides information that it can take in excess of two months before a fresh habit can become habitual, and therefore, you will be required to find a new and a positive habit which you enjoy and stay with it without exceptions.
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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes
Giving up old habits and forming new, positive ones are essential to staying clean.
Clean activities can be a lot of fun too and you don't need drugs to enjoy a good time.
For help with staying sober post rehab, or if you need to go back, contact us on 0800 772 3971.
Listed are suggested activities that keep the boredom and negativity at bay
- Get involved in sports.
- Spending time in museum
- Pursuing a degree or going back to school
- Learn a new language
- Take up farming
Register With A Support Group
It will not be difficult for you to find positive outlets that can provide community and support during your life after the rehab regardless of where you are living. Involvement in jobs and hobbies with like minds, participation in social meetings, going for psychological consultations enables you to keep inspiring people within reach.
There are also several avenues providing continuous care and support, like one-to-one therapy and 12-steps meetings.
Partying Around Drugs And Alcohol While Remaining In Control
It may be challenging for a person who has just left rehab to resist the temptation to drink a little when they are in a bar. When you are in a place where access to drinks or other possible substances is uninhibited, then you may just well forget about sobriety.
However, there can be situations when some type of alcohol use will become inevitable [like for example a family holiday party] and they are certain steps which you can take that can ease the situation for you.
Avoiding temptation to drink in social gatherings
- Make sure you are there with a friend that neither use nor drink and be in company of dependable people.
- Always go there with a drink devoid of alcohol to keep you busy.
- Minimise the time you spend within the party by arriving late or leaving early.
- The moment you feel your resolve is getting a little weaker, get out of the party immediately.
The Advantages To Be Derived From Getting And Staying Clean
Your health improves in more than one ways when you stay clean; your liver and heart start functioning more effectively and you sleep better. However, more than your health are other important things that contribute to your well-being as a person. These include
- Making new and sober friends
- Spend less money
- Living a happy and amazing life
- Always having a high life esteem
- Dressing nice and smart
- Serving as a positive source of inspiration and energy for other people who are currently battling addiction
Giving up an addiction, whether of alcohol or any other drug, is the most difficult thing. Don't expect a bump-free ride to recovery; you will have to work hard continuously. Overpowering situations that are challenging reveals power that you never knew you have when you fight for abstinence.
You need every ounce of strength and positivity in completing this quest to total recovery. Recollection of reasons you decided to stop using at the beginning helps when faced with urges to backslide.