There’s no doubt about it, when you’re addicted, you need to have recovery support. But you don’t want to wait until you’re home from inpatient drug rehab. Instead, start building your recovery support while you’re still in treatment, that way when you get home, it’s already in place and you’re more likely to be successful.
To help you succeed, here are seven tips to building recovery support while you’re still in treatment.
Consider Sober Living
When you’re nearing the end of your stay in rehab and concerned about returning home, keep your mind open to other options. For some individuals, considering a sober living home may be just what they need to secure their sobriety. Sober living offers an extended period of structured living, while allowing you to adapt to living a life of recovery. And the best part is, the recovery support is built right in.
Utilize Rehab Support
When you’re in drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you’re surrounded by support. You have your peers who are going through a similar experience and you have counselors and rehab staff that are there to help. But that support doesn’t need to end simply because your stay in treatment is over. Even after you’ve left, these people are still there when you need them and only a phone call away.
Reach Out to Family and Friends
It can be difficult to admit that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but when it comes to needing recovery support, it’s important to talk to friends and family about your addiction. These people love you, but if you don’t inform them of what’s going on, they can’t be there to help. So before you leave treatment, reach out and let them know what’s going on in your life and what they can do to help once you return home.
Pick Up Old Hobbies
Before you were addicted to drugs or alcohol, you had hobbies. Maybe you golfed, played bridge, or made quilts, but as your addiction grew, these were left to the wayside. By picking these hobbies back up, and engaging with other people who enjoy them, you can build your recovery support while doing something you used to love.
Know the 12 Step Schedule
Before you leave rehab, be sure to have the 12 step schedule in your area. This ensures you can get to a meeting on day one and start building relationships with people who are already in recovery and know how to give you the support you need.
Look for Sober Activities
In every city across the country, there are sober people out there having fun, you just need to find them. Begin looking for sober living activities while you’re still in treatment and when you return home, you won’t be faced with as much boredom, and that’s likely to reduce your risk of relapse.
While giving back is one the primary concepts of the 12 steps, it can also be a form of recovery support. Look for opportunities and start calling before you leave treatment. Once you’re home, it’s already set up and gives you something to do.