Life After Rehab: 3 Effective Strategies to Maintain Sobriety
It’s inviting to think you have the chance to live a substance-free life. Especially after struggling with addiction for any length of time.
One huge challenge is in knowing how to maintain sobriety after exiting the supportive walls of rehab.
While recovery doesn’t end after rehab, your established rehab routine undoubtedly will. Being able to navigate life outside of rehab, avoid risky situations, and maintain sobriety can become an overwhelming endeavor.
That’s why it’s important for you to embrace an active strategy to maintain sobriety so that you can keep living the life you want. A solid relapse prevention plan will rely heavily on accountability. Individuals need to get honest with themselves constantly maintaining a sense of accountability.
Here are three strategies to help with accountability and get you started.
1. Formulate a Post-Rehab Game Plan
Successfully completing rehab might mean that you’re also facing conflicting emotions. You’re likely excited at the possibility of living a substance-free life but also intimidated by lack of structure and boundaries that do not exist in daily life outside of rehab.
In addition to the post-rehab support that the treatment center might provide, you also need a personal post-rehab game plan. This plan should involve details on how you plan to stay physically and mentally healthy. Rather than approaching your new, substance-free life with no set guidelines, make your focus clear and concise.
For instance, your physical plan might outline your diet, exercise regime, or your wake/sleep schedule. A plan to maintain your mental health might include dedicating yourself to a support group, seeing a professional therapist, or establishing a new circle of friends.
The goal of actually writing down your strategy is having something to which you’re accountable. Without it, you don’t have a clear aim, and the possibility of relapsing increases.
2. Become Familiar with Your Triggers
Aside from setting defined goals and forming a plan of action to maintain sobriety, you also need to familiarize yourself with your triggers. In other words, identify who, what where are the people or situations that serve as triggers for cravings or the lead you to relapse.
You may have explored this in detail during your rehab experience. Now it’s time to put those self-exploration lessons to good use in real-life situations. Understanding your triggers will help you to find a better way to cope with those moments.
Before rehab, you managed life by depending on a substance. As you learn to identify the situations that set you off in the past, you can then learn to adopt a healthier coping mechanism. It’s even a good idea to keep a running list of triggers as they become apparent.
If you were required to keep a rehab journal, then it would be beneficial continuing that positive habit. Often, writing down your daily thoughts and feelings helps to pinpoint exactly the kinds of stimulation that trigger negative behavior.
3. Embrace Your Circle of Support
Life after rehab is different than the life you once knew. Surround yourself with people who are familiar with your situation and know how it feels to be in your shoes. Join a group so that you can share your feelings with others who are attempting the same feat.
Build relationships with various people who support your plan for recovery. This might mean nurturing the relationship you have with your family and friends more. It will also mean avoiding the people who still abuse substances and will not support your recovery.
The goal is to create a new version of you and a new version of your life. Doing this will help you maintain sobriety and stay on your path to recovery.
I’m certain that you can live without the pains and limitations of addiction, and I’d like to help. If you’d like help managing your life after rehab, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
In rehab, you likely found the support to be unconditional and a wealth of encouragement. It’s important to establish the same kind of support now that you’re out of rehab.