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How To Stay Sober After Rehab

The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life


Achieving sobriety is definitely an accomplishment which is incredible. However, remaining sober is another challenge by itself. Engaging in routine activities and committing to goals are few of the good distractions in order to stay clean from day to day.

It is easier to stay clean in a rehab centre because the environment is controlled, devoid of any factors that had earlier pushed toward addiction.

A rehab centre not only gives you a great chance to achieve sobriety but also equips you with knowledge, tools, and strategies to stay sober once you are back in the real world.


Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.


It is possible for you to attain prevention and coping with the initiators by getting to know them well. Staying sober after leaving the facility becomes easier because of the education.


Managing And Staying Away From Temptations After Rehabilitation

The change to normal life after living in a rehab is something that is hard for many people.

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.


In order to prevent and deal with promoters of relapse after rehabilitation, the following can be done:

  • Finding A Solid Support System
  • Surrounding yourselves with sober people along with people who could have your best interests at heart and want to provide you the help needed to become successful.
  • Whenever you are faced with enticement, you should look for a person or meeting around you that is accessible.
  • Your Atmosphere Should Be Altered
  • Seek the help from friends or families to ensure that your home is sterilized from things that would remind or trigger your addiction tendencies.
  • Manage to stay away or redesign rooms or places to avoid rekindling old feelings that may trigger your substance abuse.
  • Plans For Your Life
  • Having a plan for your life can be instrumental in helping you stay clean.
  • Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
  • Religiously Attend Post-Rehab Treatment Schedules
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • 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.
  • Find a reason every day to be thankful for the accomplishment you have achieved.
  • Becoming aware of the good things in your life will make you realize that you are indeed lucky, and then you wouldn't want to throw them away.
  • Five circumstances that bring joy and satisfaction should be documented every passing day.
  • Change Your Lifestyle For The Better
  • A study which has been published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology provides information that it can take in excess of two months before a fresh habit can become habitual, and therefore, you will be required to find a new and a positive habit which you enjoy and stay with it without exceptions.

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Partake In Sober Activities Instead Of Using

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

In the absence of alcohol and other substances, non-indulgent habits can still be interesting.

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

  • Workout
  • Meditation
  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Take part in art works
  • Go back to school or begin an online course
  • Taking courses in a new language
  • Plant a garden
  • Volunteer work

Seek Outlets That Provide A Community Sense

After leaving the rehab, there are many support group that you can register with and continue being clean. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.

There are also several avenues providing continuous care and support, like one-to-one therapy and 12-steps meetings.


The Possibility Of Going Out Without Relapsing

If you've achieved sobriety only recently, staying away from places where you might be tempted to drink is the best policy. It is harder for a novice to fight against the urge because they still pretty much have the same lifestyle.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself in a compromising condition (such as get-together of closed ones), these are some of the things you can do to ease the atmosphere.

Avoiding temptation to drink in social gatherings:

  • Surround yourselves with people that can be trusted and visit the setting with a sober friend.
  • Drink beverages free of alcohol and keep a glass of such a drink in your hand all the time.
  • Arrive later and/or leave earlier to shorten your stay at the party.
  • If you feel that the temptation is getting too much, you can leave that place.

The Advantages To Be Derived From Getting And Staying Clean

Health is one of the primary benefits to keep yourself clean and sober. Physical health benefits apart, there are many other reasons to stay clean. These include:

  • The company of good friends and family
  • Enjoying your financial wealth
  • Clarity in mind and new excitement for life
  • Extra energy to indulge in activities which you enjoy
  • Dressing nice and smart
  • Being a mentor for people that are also trying to stop the use of drugs

Recovering from an addiction of drugs or alcohol could be one of the hardest things you will ever have to overcome. The process will not be fast or seamless, and it is a lifelong commitment. Achieving sobriety will give you new confidence and you will find that you are now able to take challenges under which you used to buckle before.

Every journey always begins with a small step in the right direction. 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.