Addiction Treatment

Life After Rehab: Tips for Staying Sober

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Completing a program of care such as 90-days of rehab is a major accomplishment—now what? What is life like now that you’re sober? Can you stay sober?

Life after rehab is so different and staying sober is the ultimate goal. It takes some time to mesh back into a reality in which drugs or alcohol are not commonplace, but you can do it—here’s how:

Get Social

In rehab you learn all about building positive, healthy relationships—now it’s time to put these skills to the test. In order to stay sober once you leave treatment, you must get involved in fun activities that keep you socially on top. Consider the following:

  • Attending a movie with a group of friends.
  • Taking an art class, or a cooking class, or any self-help course.
  • Offering your time to help out at church, at school or in another volunteer capacity.
  • Attending a convention or similar event that includes access to others who share similar interests.
  • Playing on a sports team or league.

Get Support

It’s a tough road—staying sober after you’ve received proper treatment for an addiction can be a challenge, but if you’ve got continued support, your chances of sustained recovery are quite high. Just because you are done with rehab, this does not mean that you will not still benefit from support. Consider the following:

  • Talk opening with friends and family about the challenges you face in recovery.
  • Get regular check-ups from your doctor.
  • Have a counseling session with your previous treatment provider at least once every few months.
  • Attend a 12-step meeting such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Seek alternative support such as SMART recovery.

Keep Your Head Up

Life definitely changes in recovery, and there’s a whole world out there to explore. If you face challenges after you leave rehab, don’t let those ruin what you’ve worked so hard for. Keep your head up and remember that you can remain sober, you can fight this disease and you can stay well.

Develop a daily routine that includes positive encouragement and uplifting activities. Whether this means attending a support group, talking to a close friend, reading scripture, or focusing on a favorite hobby, it’s important to keep your head in the game—and this game is recovery!

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Addictions.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither Addictions.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.