Recovering from addiction is a great achievement, but it’s also the beginning of a new process. After sobriety has been reached, maintaining it presents yet another challenge. Though treatment centers teach strategies to help recovering addicts deal with difficult situations that can trigger cravings, some fear relapse after leaving rehab. They worry that without the constant support they received during treatment, they will give in to the pressures of everyday life and start using again. But there are steps you can take to ease the transition into life after rehab and stay sober.
Enter a Post-Treatment Program
Some centers offer post-treatment support administered by trained professionals to help recovering addicts stay sober after rehab. Support can come in the form of individual or group counseling, attending support groups, medication, drug testing, and even check-ins either in person or over the phone. If your treatment provider does not offer post-treatment services, ask for a referral to someone who can help.
Form Your Own Support Team
Friends and family members can be a vital source of post-treatment support. Ask some of the people closest to you to be there for you when you need it. You can also build relationships with other recovering addicts you meet through support groups. They are people who can relate to what you are going through and can become someone to lean on.
Practice and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Living a physically active and nutritionally balanced lifestyle has been strongly linked to successful recovery and continued sobriety. You can use an exercise you enjoy as a distraction from cravings or as an “outlet” to reduce stress, one of the most common triggers for relapse. Also, a healthy diet provides your body with the nutrients and energy you need to feel good both physically and mentally.
Know Your Triggers and Manage Them
When you know what situations trigger the urge to use, you can take steps to guard yourself against them. Strategize ways you can avoid being placed in those situations or come up with coping techniques to use when faced with them.
Be Ready to Address a Relapse
Relapse is always a possibility after recovery, but you can plan ahead about what to do in the event of a relapse. Make a list of people to contact (family members, friends, sponsors, health care providers) and have a pre-planned set of steps to follow to seek immediate help from an addiction treatment professional. Having this kind of plan can give peace of mind that you have yourself covered in advance—just in case. On a more practical level, it also gives you a ready guide for finding support and treatment as soon as possible so you can continue recovering.Ridgeview Ranch provides addiction treatment and post-treatment services to help those with drug and alcohol addiction recover and lead healthy lives. Contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) with any questions for our team of clinical professionals regarding treatment and assistance staying sober.