You might want to celebrate once you achieve sobriety but don't think the job is done, because staying sober is just as difficult as, perhaps even more than, achieving sobriety. Identifying new activities to do will help a person keep away from the drugs.
It is easier to stay clean in a rehab centre because the environment is controlled, devoid of any factors that had earlier pushed toward addiction.
Provision of opportunities of restoration and survival and a strong background of safety are provided by rehabilitation that keeps one going while at home.
Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.
The best way to prevent relapse is by recognizing the triggers that might tempt you. This way you can stay clean.
Avoiding Temptations After Coming Out Of Rehab
Getting back to normal life after staying in a protected, controlled environment is not easy.
Circumstances that may precipitate relapse to previous unhealthy lifestyle are often faced by going back home.
Company of old acquaintances, being in the midst of old surroundings, and specific emotions might lure you into reaching out for the substance to which you were earlier addicted to.
Here are few things you can engage in as distractions to manage triggers:
Establish Positive Relationships and 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.
Ensure you are part of a local support group on whom you can count for help.
Modify Your Environment
Ensure your house is free of any traces of drugs before you move into it after completing rehab.
Any situation that would want to make you reuse must be evaded.
Define Future Goals
Having a plan for your life can be instrumental in helping you stay clean.
One is bound to keep off the drugs if they have a plan for their future and will work to achieve it.
Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
It is always challenging to keep going for these appointments but they are very important.
Appreciation at every time.
It greatly helps to pay attention and be thankful even to the smallest positive things that you have.
Maintain a personal journal in which each day write five things that made you happy.
Engage In Positive New Activities And Improve the Old Ones
Look for a fresh practice that is good and keep doing it over and over again because according to a research documented in the European Journal of Social Psychology, the time for a new practice to be second nature to one is about two months.
Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes
You will experience success in withdrawing from the drugs if you engage in new hobbies.
In the absence of alcohol and other substances, non-indulgent habits can still be interesting.
For help with staying sober post rehab, or if you need to go back, contact us on 0800 772 3971.
You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:
Visit a shop for arts and crafts
Learn a new language
Enlist In Community Support Services
After leaving the rehab, there are many support group that you can register with and continue being clean. These support groups consist of people that share similar experience and recovery journey and being with them will help you a lot.
Participation in numerous types of continuing care, which include therapy, check-ups, 12-step meetings and alternative support groups is also recommended.
Can You Keep Sober When In The Presence Of Alcohol Or Drugs
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. Replacing old habits can take time and that's why people who have just achieved sobriety find it much harder to resist temptation.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself in a compromising condition (such as get-together of closed ones), these are some of the things you can do to ease the atmosphere.
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.
Only pick non-alcoholic beverages and keep them in your hands to keep you occupied.
Arrive after schedule and depart before its end, to reduce time spent at the gathering.
If you feel that the temptation is getting too much, you can leave that place.
Why It Is Important To Get And Remain Clean
You can reap a number of his benefits if you decide to stay sober and these can include the improved functionality of your liver and heart along with enhanced performance in your everyday life and their activities and better sleep. Aside the bodily advantage, a lot more can be gained from abstinence. This include:
Making new and sober friends
Having new investments
Enjoyment of living
More energy to do things
Looking and feeling better
Give new hope to other addicts who want to quit
Giving up an addiction, whether of alcohol or any other drug, is the most difficult thing. The process will not be fast or seamless, and it is a lifelong commitment. You reap a sunny disposition and positive outlook in maintaining your commitment to sobriety.
You must be willing to keep clean for you to be successful. Recollection of reasons you decided to stop using at the beginning helps when faced with urges to backslide.