Drug addiction is one of the most destructive forces known to man. It remorselessly rips apart individuals, families, and communities—leaving pain and despair in its wake. To overcome addiction, you have to recognize that you have a problem that is beyond your control, acknowledge that you need help, and then get that help. But that’s just the beginning.
If you’ve struggled with addiction, then getting clean is one thing, but staying clean is the real fight. Going to rehab was the right thing to do, but what happens when your detox is over, and it’s time for the rubber to meet the road? Continue reading to learn what steps you need to take when you come home from rehab.
Continue Receiving Treatment
Are you familiar with the phrase, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance?” It’s an adage that applies as much to you staying clean as it does anything else in life. If you leave rehab without coming up with a plan to succeed, then you plan to fail. Many of your old friends have been waiting for you to get out of rehab so that they can get you right back to the behavior that sent you to rehab. The people who you used to buy your drugs form might be willing to give you a free sample as a welcome home present. Are you ready for the pressure that’s sure to come from all directions?
You may have gotten clean while you were in drug rehabilitation, but the world is the same way you left it when you went in for treatment. Just like an athlete getting ready to take the field of play against a worthy opponent, you need to have a gameplan if you’re going to get the victory.
One of the best things you can do when you leave the recovery facility is to continue to get treatment after your stay. Outpatient rehab will give you the positive reinforcement you need to maintain your momentum from getting clean. Make sure that you keep up with your appointments and let your counselor know about changes in your emotions or cravings.
Find Sober Friends
One way to make sure that you don’t fall back into the wrong crowd is to surround yourself with the right people. You may be able to find events or special interest groups in your area that cater to people who are working to live sober. Also, some apps help people meet other former addicts in recovery who want to enjoy an active lifestyle and maintain their sobriety. The most sure-fire way to put yourself among the right people is to join a support group. Support groups are a great way to build lifelong bonds with people who have the same goals and interests.
Find New Things to Enjoy
For many people, when they overcome an addiction, they’re left with a void that needs filling before they refill it with addiction. To prevent this from happening to you, you should start exploring new hobbies. Get with other friends who are in recovery and go on a path of discovery together. If you like stage plays, then you should get some Dear Evan Hansen tickets and see it with your support group.
Exercise Your Mind and Body
Exercise is an excellent weapon against addiction. If you’re physically active and engaging in a self-mastery practice like meditation, then you’re less likely to relapse. Exercise and meditation are also excellent ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Working out the muscles in your mind and body will help you build your strength and ability to resist temptation.
Find a Mentor and Become a Mentor
Have you ever been training someone on a job and just weren’t able to take the kind of shortcuts you would if you were working alone? When you’ve got someone else relying on you to show them the ropes, you’re less likely to do something you know you shouldn’t do. That same principle applies to your rehab. When you’re on a path of improvement of any kind, it always helps to find someone to mentor you and someone that you can mentor as well.