If you have just completed a residential rehab program, you may be feeling triumphant but also a little uncertain about how your newly-developed sober living skills will hold up outside the treatment facility. The following five recommendations will help you maintain a positive mindset and remain focused when coming home from a drug or alcohol treatment program.
1. Set up your support network prior to coming home.
You have likely grown accustomed to having a supportive network of doctors, counselors, therapists, and staff members at your residential treatment center. You can create equally positive settings for yourself outside the treatment center by planning ahead. Create a daily routine for yourself that will involve spending time going to support meetings, exercise, healthy meals, and socializing with friends and family members in settings that will not allow you to be exposed to drugs or alcohol. Your addiction counselor can help with planning your new routine in addition to helping you coordinate important appointments you will likely need to keep with counselors and therapists during the outpatient phase of your treatment plan.
2. Take things one day at a time.
When you return home, you may have a natural urge to want to make up for lost time. You may find yourself inundated with requests to spend time with friends and family members. If you will be returning from time off from the job, you may feel pressured to quickly get back up to speed with your workflow. Learning how to operate at a healthy pace is key to maintaining a healthy balance in your new life of recovery. You may have to communicate with your employer, family members, and friends to reinforce the new boundaries you have likely learned to create over the course of completing your inpatient treatment program.
3. Recovery is more than abstaining from substance abuse.
Sometimes people who have recently completed a substance abuse rehabilitation program fixate on avoiding alcohol and drugs. However, focusing solely on substance abuse avoidance can make remaining clean and sober more difficult. Instead of solely concentrating on whether or not you will consume alcohol or drugs, focus on every other aspect of your lifestyle that will include abstinence from drugs and alcohol. For example, focusing on meeting general health goals like maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, avoiding unnecessary stress, and exercising several times each week will cause you to naturally gravitate toward activities and goals that call for you to avoid substance abuse. In addition to maintaining your health, it is also important to nurture other parts of a well-balanced lifestyle including having creative outlets, expanding your mind by reading, taking courses, or engaging in other activities that foster learning, and participating in group activities like recovery group meetings and other gatherings with likeminded people who also value clean and sober living.
4. Remember to get sleep.
Sleep is an integral part of a recovery-oriented lifestyle. Not only will sleep allow your body to continue to heal from the damage drug and alcohol abuse often causes, but your mind will benefit from regularly receiving sufficient rest. Adequate sleep boosts your moods which can lessen the desire to abuse drugs and alcohol. Your sleep schedule will depend on planning and budgeting your time in a manner that allows you to follow your outpatient treatment plan, participate in work and social activities, and how downtime to unwind and sleep. On average, you should aim to receive no fewer than six hours of sleep each night.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
There may be times when you have to remind yourself that you do not have to walk to road to recovery alone. If you find yourself struggling, be communicative with your outpatient counselors, doctor, and support group. Avoid the temptation to feel like you have to walk the road to recovery alone by planning to lean on the resources made available to you through your treatment center. By participating in one or more recovery groups, you will surround yourself by people who understand what you are going through. To learn receive more helpful recommendations for life after residential rehab, contact our substance abuse specialists.
Whether you are beginning your road to recovery or if you have been in recovery and are looking for resources to help you maintain a clean and sober life, we have information and resources that can help. Call us today at 833-762-3739!