How To Stay Sober After Rehab after-rehab

Taking The Steps From Rehab Toward Living Normally


Achieving sobriety after therapy is quite a feat and the real work of staying sober is just only starting. Identifying new activities to do will help a person keep away from the drugs.

An atmosphere with good social backing that enables users to maintain abstinence by encouragement of security and contentment is the rehabilitation centre.

Rehab can provide a great foundation for security along with the tools that are required to heal and cope even after the individual has left the facility.


Getting back to your life can be exhilarating after spending considerable time in rehab, but expect new challenges to come your way as you try to stay clean.


Fortunately, the help received to recognise temptations, which may be faced after leaving the rehab facility provides the education needed with the methods needed to avoid or manage these triggers. This skill and awareness enable you to effectively fight the urges and triggers that draw you every now and then.


Managing Urges And Triggers Post Rehabilitation

Getting back to normal life after staying in a protected, controlled environment is not easy.

Once you are back in the real world, time and again triggers and situations that pushed you toward the path of addiction might confront you again.

Matters like returning to the old neighbourhood, meeting family members or friends, along with certain emotions can trigger the temptations to revert back to using drugs or alcohol.


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

  • Establish A 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.
  • Environment Change
  • After leaving the facility and before reaching home, you should be asking a loved one or an individual you trust to discard any paraphernalia from your place.
  • Don't go near places which make you want to use the addicted substance again.
  • Define Future Goals
  • You will find yourself better equipped to handle temptations after you have defined what you want to achieve in future.
  • Staying sober becomes easier when you know and define why you want sobriety and how your life will be richer for it.
  • Scheduled Meetings Must Be Attended
  • 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.
  • Find time each day to express thanks for all the good things happened to you that day.
  • It greatly helps to pay attention and be thankful even to the smallest positive things that you have.
  • 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 European Journal of Social Psychology reported on a study indicating that people require at least 60 days to form a habit so it is important to start a new one as soon as possible.

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Partake In Sober Activities Instead Of Using

It is crucial to change old activities and lifestyles to fresh activities during treatment.

Activities which promote sobriety do not have to be boring because there is plenty of fun, which can be had without the use of drugs and alcohol.

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Listed are suggested activities that keep the boredom and negativity at bay

  • Running
  • Mind reflections
  • Involvement in athletics
  • Read
  • Spending time in museum
  • Educate yourself
  • Studying a new language
  • Plant a garden
  • Help in communal activities

Join Support Groups That Provide A Community Feel

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.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


Can You Keep Sober When In The Presence Of Alcohol Or Drugs

This could just be one of the trigger situations that could test your control where it is best to just skip altogether. 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

  • Keep yourself accompanied with a trusted confidant.
  • Always go there with a drink devoid of alcohol to keep you busy.
  • Arrive after schedule and depart before its end, to reduce time spent at the gathering.
  • In cases where you find the urges to grow stronger, it is best to leave and find a sober place.

The Benefits Of Getting And Staying Off The Alcohol And Drugs

You can reap a number of his benefits if you decide to stay sober and these can include the improved functionality of your liver and heart along with enhanced performance in your everyday life and their activities and better sleep. In addition to that, there are some advantages that you will get and not just for your health. The reasons to remain sober include

  • Making new and sober friends
  • Having new investments
  • A clear and positive outlook
  • More energy to do things
  • Looking and feeling better
  • For other users trying to be sober, you can be a role model

Of all the battles you might fight, overcoming alcohol or substances abuse might be the most difficult. The process will not be fast or seamless, and it is a lifelong commitment. You reap a sunny disposition and positive outlook in maintaining your commitment to sobriety.

Direction is more important than speed when you start your recovery. When you begin to feel the temptations to revert back to your old habits, you must make an effort to remember why you wanted to achieve sobriety in the first place.