You went through detoxification and treatment. Now you are sober and ready for your life after rehab
. But, before you go back to life, as usual, you have to make some decisions about what your life will now be like. There are some changes that you will need to make. You know that going back to your life as it was before will only lead you back to drug or alcohol abuse.
First, you must realize that you cannot keep in touch with your substance-abusing friends. When you are new to recovery from addiction, you do not need to put yourself in situations that will only make you tempted to use drugs or alcohol again. And, don’t think for one moment that you can handle it. You might think that you can only drink one beer or smoke one joint and not have a problem. You can’t. Doing this will only open you up for failure.
Participate in Group Support Meetings
Leaving an inpatient addiction treatment facility does not mean that you are through with treatment. You have continuing work to do to maintain your sobriety for the remainder of your life. Make new sober friends. Start with this by joining and participating in group support meetings. Find a support group that will welcome you and that encourages your participation in meetings.
Each person in this support group is just the same as you, a recovering addict. They have been through all the same experiences and fears as you. They, like you, are trying to maintain their sobriety and make new sober friends in the process. You can discuss feelings, cravings, temptations, and other issues with this group. You can’t always discuss these feelings with others who cannot relate to what you are going through. Family and friends’ support is important, but they haven’t experienced what you have during your addiction.
Create a Daily Routine to Provide Stability
You may not be returning to work or school immediately after returning to your life after rehab. Therefore, you will want to create a daily routine to provide some stability in your life. Make it a point to wake up at the same time every morning and have a set bedtime each night. Eat healthy, nutritious meals, and exercise every day. Exercising can help you both physically and mentally. You don’t have to do strenuous training. Simply taking a walk every day will increase your energy and improve your mood as well.
Take up a hobby or do volunteer work. Find a way to give back to your community. You will be surprised at the feeling of accomplishment you will have by doing something helpful to others. Take an online educational course and learn something new that is of interest to you. Find ways to keep yourself busy so that you do not get bored and put yourself through the temptation to do drugs.
Live a Happy and Thankful Life
Living a life of drug or alcohol addiction is a life of misery. You were miserable then. You deserve a life of happiness in your recovery from addiction. Be thankful and happy that you have found your way back to a sober and healthy lifestyle. Make every moment count with family and loved ones. We don’t always get another chance to let our loved ones know how much we care about them. Take advantage of this opportunity.