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Remaining Sober Post Rehabilitation

From The Treatment Centre And Back To Reality


You might want to celebrate once you achieve sobriety but don't think the job is done, because staying sober is just as difficult as, perhaps even more than, achieving sobriety. Creation of novel leisure activities and establishment of targets help maintain abstinence.

A rehab is an environment of supported living and one that looks forward to promoting comfort and safety to ease the struggles of an individual who could be struggling with an addiction to stay sober.

The environment in these facilities is one that can help a person stop the use or even the urge of taking drugs.


It may be demanding to adapt to living in abstinence outside the centre even when leaving the centre is interesting.


It is possible for you to attain prevention and coping with the initiators by getting to know them well. This will enable them to stay away from drugs forever.


Managing Urges And Triggers Post Rehabilitation

It is usually challenging to change surroundings from the rehabilitation centre back to staying at home.

One constantly gets more desires to use the drugs after they have left rehab.

You will have to go back to the past environment where you used to be an addict and this is what gives you the desire to go back to the drugs or alcohol.


Many things, like ones discussed ahead, help you dodge old temptations:

  • Finding A Solid Support System
  • Keeping the right company, that want you to stay clean will help you in achieving a clean life after rehab.
  • Locate a support group within your area or even someone you can rely upon to call when you feel the temptations again.
  • Refresh Your Crowd and Everyday Surroundings
  • Tell your family or friends to help relocate stuffs that can serve as initiators to relapse.
  • Don't go near places which make you want to use the addicted substance again.
  • Commit To Realistic And Achievable Goals
  • Having a plan for your life can be instrumental in helping you stay clean.
  • It makes sticking to abstinence simpler if there is a deep understanding of the advantages and good effects of being abstinent.
  • Never Miss Your Follow Up Appointments
  • If you have a set of follow-up appointments scheduled with your rehabilitation centre or the doctor you should not be looking to avoid the meetings.
  • Help from doctors and rehabilitation centres are important to sustain abstinence although sometimes they seem like lots of stress and you might be tempted to skip.
  • Take time to appreciate.
  • It can be easier to recognise the many things that we can be thankful for when we develop a strong appreciation for the life we have been given.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Replace Old Bad Habits With New Healthy Habits
  • The change of lifestyle can take sometime to fully get the groove of it but it's all worth it in the end.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

Forming positive habits and participating in healthy activities to pass time are highly recommended forms of distraction.

There are a lot of activities and new hobbies that you can take part in when you are living a clean life.

If you are wondering whether you should be going back to the rehab or feel a need for some help to stay on a sober path after the rehab, please contact us now on 0800 246 1509 for the help you need.


You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Involvement in athletics
  • Reading
  • Developing a hobby on crafts or art
  • Pursuing a degree or going back to school
  • Learn a new language
  • Cultivation
  • Help in communal activities

Join Support Groups That Provide A Community Feel

In your post rehabilitation days, social groups that help to develop you can be found irrespective of your location. Surround yourselves with these encouraging individuals by joining a support group, attending sessions of counselling and participating in activities, which allow you to meet other people.

Participation in numerous types of continuing care, which include therapy, check-ups, 12-step meetings and alternative support groups is also recommended.


The Ability To Be Around Drugs And Alcohol Without Falling Into Old Habits

It may be challenging for a person who has just left rehab to resist the temptation to drink a little when they are in a bar. It is harder for a novice to fight against the urge because they still pretty much have the same lifestyle.

However, there can be situations when some type of alcohol use will become inevitable [like for example a family holiday party] and they are certain steps which you can take that can ease the situation for you.

Methods to Avoid Temptations In Social Settings:

  • Surround yourselves with people that can be trusted and visit the setting with a sober friend.
  • Only pick non-alcoholic beverages and keep them in your hands to keep you occupied.
  • Minimise the time you spend within the party by arriving late or leaving early.
  • At the slightest sign of urge to drink or use, exit the vicinity.

The Benefits Of Getting And Staying Off The Alcohol And Drugs

Better state of the circulatory and hepatic systems, abundance of energy, and ability to rest well are some of the numerous health merits. Physical health benefits apart, there are many other reasons to stay clean. The reasons to remain sober include:

  • Getting to meet new abstinent people
  • Spend less money
  • Clarity in mind and new excitement for life
  • Improved energy to do more
  • Looking and feeling better
  • Serving as a positive source of inspiration and energy for other people who are currently battling addiction

Recovering from an addiction of drugs or alcohol could be one of the hardest things you will ever have to overcome. Don't expect a bump-free ride to recovery; you will have to work hard continuously. Simply by making an effort to remain sober you will have acquired new strength by overcoming the problems that you thought you would not be able to achieve.

You must be willing to keep clean for you to be successful. Whenever a temptation beholds you strongly, divert your mind and focus on the reasons which encouraged you to become and stay sober in the first place.