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:
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.
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!