While you are going through a drug rehab treatment program, you will be introduced to many different skills and strategies that can help you be successful in your new life without drugs. When you return home, you may discover that as you apply the skills and strategies to your life after rehab, it is a little bit more difficult than you thought it would be, especially if there are any remnants of your old life. Here are six things to do after drug rehab treatment that may help you be a little more secure in your recovery.
1 – Make a New Circle of Friends
It is certainly no secret that as an individual falls deeper into substance abuse and addiction, they drift from friends and family that do not support the abuse and they move closer to a group of friends that engage in the same behavior as them. This probably happened to you as well. Now you are clean and sober and you need to make a new circle of friends that do not spend their time using drugs. If the only friends you socialize with are drug friends, it is only a matter of time before you will be sucked back into that life. Save yourself the temptation by getting a new group of friends that are substance free.
2 – It Might Be Time for a New Address
If you live in a community that is known for drug activity, it might be a good idea that you consider moving to a new location. This can also be valid, if your address was the one hosting all the drug parties. While you are recovering, you do not need any blasts from the past stopping by and triggering those old memories that you have worked too hard to put behind you. Relocating to a new place to live will reinforce your new life and fresh start.
3 – Follow Through on your Meetings and Therapy
In many cases, after you leave a drug rehab treatment program, there are meetings (such as N.A.) and/or therapy. It may be tempting to think that after a few weeks of no problems that “you’ve got this” and you no longer need meetings or therapy. Whatever program you are involved in, it is important that you follow through on your meetings and therapy. Ongoing treatment can help you address triggers, handle issues associated with family and set goals and map out a plan for your future.
4 – Work on Mental Wellness
After rehab treatment you may experience anxiety and stress as you return to the routines of life such as work, school and taking care of your family. Depression, sadness and nervousness can increase until relapse is inevitable. It is crucial to your continued sober success that you find a way to keep your mental wellness positive. There are many outlets for keeping your mental health positive such as spending time in meditation, yoga or just taking a daily walk.
5 – Participate in a Support Group
For many people participating in a support, be it 12 steps or a non 12 step group, helps them stay focused and positive. It also gives them an opportunity to make new friends, engage in activities that can help them be successful and to possibly help others who are trying to stay positive and stay sober.
6 – Avoiding Relapse
Not everyone has a relapse. However, statistics released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that as many as 60 percent of individuals in recovery from drug abuse or addiction do relapse at least one time. The best way to avoid a relapse it to be consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings and activities and know that when you find yourself on shaky ground, call a support friend, attend a meeting or do something positive to change your attitude.