If you have successfully passed through rehab you deserve a grand commendation. You have achieved something many people couldn’t, something that demands a lot of courage and discipline.
Now that you are done with rehab, it’s time to continue the good work to ensure you make a full recovery. Along the road, you may discover that the first three months are challenging, but don’t despair. Instead, be mindful that the speed of your recovery will depend on your physical, emotional, and psychological dispositions.
Engage in activities that keep those aspects of you healthy and you are sure to have a proper recovery. Here are some tips that can help you:
Maintain a Daily Timetable
Following rehab, try to avoid becoming stressed or overwhelmed, as stress is one of the leading causes of a relapse. Draw up a daily timetable; this will help you to maintain a routine and keep a track of your activities (seeing your doctor, visiting your support group, taking part in exercise.)
Rid Your Environment of Any Temptation
Upon returning from rehab, you need to make sure that your environment does not harbour any temptations; whether it be related films, magazines or friends. Send a trusted family member home to clear those things away before your arrival.
Stay Away from Friends Who Can Endanger Your Recovery
You need to remove yourself away from those who supplied you drugs and rid them from your contacts. If someone is a danger to your recovery, it is vital that you disassociate yourself from that person.
Avoid Things that Can Endanger Your Recovery
Avoid arguments or stressful situations which may push you towards drugs. Remember what you learnt from rehab and implement it to avoid or overcome obstacles to your recovery.
Find Support in a Group
Recovery from addiction is a challenging process and the feeling that you are going through it alone can make it even more challenging. Hence, this is the time to be extra dedicated to attending your support group meetings, so that you can always see that you are not going through your predicament alone. You can even make sober friends who share your goal for recovery.
Find a Purpose
Find something creative that you are good at and pursue it. It could be painting, writing, teaching, or even building things. This will help you to indulge your mind and keep it away from any tempting thoughts to return to drugs. It will also keep you busy enough to avoid getting into those old activities that pushed you into addiction in the first place.
Following rehab programmes, the clinic will usually set up an aftercare plan. The plan could involve counselling sessions, support groups and family sessions for recovering addicts. If none have been set up for you, you can request an aftercare programme yourself. If you do have a plan, make sure to attend your appointments. Addiction Is an illness and you risk relapsing if you neglect your treatment.
After your first year of recovery, you should be on a solid path to health. It’s worth noting that it usually takes five years or more of abstinence to consider a recovering addict completely treated. Your recovery should be a lifetime goal; the good news is that it gets better as time goes by.