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Remaining Sober Post Rehabilitation

The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life


It is more difficult remaining abstinent for long even after doing a great work to reach the level of abstinence. Engaging in routine activities and committing to goals are few of the good distractions in order to stay clean from day to day.

A rehab is an environment of supported living and one that looks forward to promoting comfort and safety to ease the struggles of an individual who could be struggling with an addiction to stay sober.

It offers a safe and conducive environment to heal and recover from addiction.


Getting back to your life can be exhilarating after spending considerable time in rehab, but expect new challenges to come your way as you try to stay clean.


However, people get to learn about the best ways through which they can live a clean lifestyle after rehab even when they face the desires to use the drugs again. Staying sober after leaving the facility becomes easier because of the education.


Handling The Desires To Use When Out Of Rehab

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.


Here are few things you can engage in as distractions to manage triggers:

  • Social Backing Should Be Looked For
  • Those that have been able to maintain abstinence for a long time and also want you to do the same, are individuals you should be socialising with.
  • Participate in support groups or have a reliable confidant who will not only police your negative tendencies but also holds you accountable for your actions and commitment.
  • Your Atmosphere Should Be Altered
  • Ensure your house is free of any traces of drugs before you move into it after completing rehab.
  • You can also keep off environments where there drugs are being sold.
  • Set Objectives For Your Future
  • It makes it less difficult to resist when enticed if there are objectives to follow.
  • It will be easier for you to remain on track when you have understood the reasons why you want to stay composed along with all the benefits the sobriety can bring into your life.
  • Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
  • Attendance of clinic visitation with your physician or at the place where you received treatment is important.
  • At times, you might want to miss the appointments or handle your affairs on your own, but staying clean is easier when there are professionals giving you support.
  • Appreciation at every time.
  • It greatly helps to pay attention and be thankful even to the smallest positive things that you have.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Replace Old Bad Habits With New Healthy Habits
  • 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.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

You will experience success in withdrawing from the drugs if you engage in new hobbies.

There are a lot of activities and new hobbies that you can take part in when you are living a clean life.

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Given below are a few examples providing you healthy methods to keep your mind occupied during the transition from rehab:

  • Workout
  • Meditation
  • Involvement in athletics
  • Reading
  • Artistry place visitation
  • Pursuing a degree or going back to school
  • Learn a new language
  • Plant a garden
  • Offer humanitarian services

Seek Outlets That Provide A Community Sense

Nearly in every city and locality, several local groups offer support to people on their way to recovery. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


Chances Of Partying And Going To Bars Without Touching Alcohol

If you've achieved sobriety only recently, staying away from places where you might be tempted to drink is the best policy. The urge to drink can overpower someone and make them relapse on their recovery.

With that said, if you know that you'll be in a situation where people around you might be drinking and some might even offer you one, you can use a time-tested strategy to overcome temptation.

Avoiding Triggers in Social Functions

  • Keep yourself accompanied with a trusted confidant.
  • Drink beverages free of alcohol and keep a glass of such a drink in your hand all the time.
  • You can also spend as little time as possible in the gatherings where alcohol is available.
  • In cases where you find the urges to grow stronger, it is best to leave and find a sober place.

The Advantages To Be Derived From Getting And Staying Clean

Health is one of the primary benefits to keep yourself clean and sober. In addition to that, there are some advantages that you will get and not just for your health. One should maintain sobriety for these additional purposes:

  • The company of good friends and family
  • Frugal spending
  • Clarity in mind and new excitement for life
  • Always having a high life esteem
  • Physical and mental improvements
  • 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. The will to be sober will help you in the recovery process in the long run even when it is a challenging process.

You need every ounce of strength and positivity in completing this quest to total recovery. When you begin to feel the temptations to revert back to your old habits, you must make an effort to remember why you wanted to achieve sobriety in the first place.