Rehab is the first step in a much longer road to recovery. Maintaining a sober life is a much longer, even lifelong process.
Completing a rehab treatment program is something to be proud of and an achievement worth celebrating. It is a step towards gaining control and happiness in your life.
There is so much support and there are so many people and groups who want to help you through your life after rehab – family, friends, medical support staff, coworkers and employers.
So please don’t feel alone.
We know how hard it can be to reintegrate into normal life after a residential rehab program.
Our support them are always here to answer any questions or to help you when you need it most.
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Maintaining a sober life
Relapse is most likely to occur within the first 6 months after treatment.
Your rehab treatment will have helped you outline and understand your triggers and how best to control them.
Normal life is full of temptations, cravings and triggers, and you might turn back to alcohol and drug use.
Knowing how to deal with them will allow you to stay sober by guarding yourself against any situations that might provoke your triggers.
You can create positive distractions and encourage positive change by developing healthy relationships with drug and alcohol-free groups.
It is also important to have an aftercare plan in place before you leave rehab treatment.
Read more here.
What continual support options are there?
Following rehab, there are a number of options to help you achieve long-lasting sobriety:
1. Social groups that celebrate sobriety:
This can instil a sense of accountability which is a healthy reminder of your progress and experience. Groups such as AA, NA and other 12-step programs are a great way of surrounding yourself with a strong support network.
2. Begin new hobbies:
Beginning a new hobby can be a positive distraction, can encourage independence and a present-moment awareness and focus. A mixture of individual and group hobbies will develop both your individual and social life.
3. Individual Therapy:
Therapies like CBT can help tackle underlying issues and create a holistic approach to addiction, so that you can stay sober for longer.
4. Routine Check-ups:
Having regular check-ups and seeking medical support will ensure that you remain on the right path and to monitor your physical and psychological health following rehab.
5. 12-Step programs:
12-step programs are tailored to the individual and focus on admitting accountability and responsibility.
6. Build a new social life:
Engaging in drug- and alcohol-free activities can provide a positive mental and social outlet.
7. Build a new routine:
A daily routine can provide structure and positive distraction. New hobbies, a healthy diet and regular bedtime can create stability and happiness.
Learn more about how to build healthy habits.
What about my family?
Upon your completion of rehab, your family are likely to be frightened. This is because they care about you and your recovery.
Most rehab centres offer family therapy sessions in order to reunite families, solve problems and offer tools so that the family can support the addict.
If you remain sober and proactively work to maintain a sober life, your family will begin to trust you and they will feel less worried about your relapse. You will feel supported and no longer isolated with your family and friends around you to support you.
What are my chances of staying sober?
If you follow a rehab treatment program as well as the aftercare support they provide, your chances of remaining sober are high.
It is also important to make conscious lifestyle changes and to not merely rely on medical support.
62.4% of individuals who seek rehab treatment, aftercare and lifestyle change tend to remain abstinent.
Your success and sobriety is up to you and entirely on your shoulders. There are so many options, and sources of support.
It is vital to take advantage of what is available to you and to reach out to family, friends and your doctor throughout your journey to recovery.
If you, your friend, family member or coworker is suffering, then our 24-hour helpline offers confidential and non-judgemental support.
Call us: 0808 1150 446