Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction takes time, hard work, and dedication. Now that you are sober, you don’t want all that time and energy to go to waste because of relapse. It is important to understand the risk for relapse and learn how to prevent it so you can maintain a life of sobriety from here on out.
Community Rehab offers sober living and long term options for relapse prevention. We do not simply send you on your way after you’ve completed our rehab program; our goal is to help you ease back into your life so that you can keep up your sober lifestyle.
When you are freshly out of rehab and beginning your life again on your own, you will be vulnerable to relapse. The risk is highest for the first few months after rehab, but life and triggers can again raise your risk, even long after treatment. Relapse happens when you feel weak and are unable to stand up to temptations to use, but it also happens when you are overconfident. If you assume you are immune to relapse and feel like you have it all figured out, you can fall into your addiction again. Just like recovery, sobriety requires time and commitment to achieve.
What might lead you to relapse?
There are certain activities and situations that should be considered dangerous to a newly sober individual. Bars, drinking parties, friends that do drugs, and your old contacts should all obviously be avoided. So should stressful situations and too much time with argumentative or judgmental people. Find a balance between spending too much time with people that can bring you down and spending too much time alone.
Manage your time in moderation, allowing for plenty of opportunities to de-stress and relax. You will find that returning to your normal job is helpful for your recovery, but not if your job is overly stressful and demanding, or if people at your job contributed heavily to your addiction. As you mature in your sobriety, you will need to deal with the challenging situations in your life, but it is best to ease back into it slowly.
How can you prevent relapse?
There are plenty of safe activities you can and should be involved with when you are trying to prevent relapse. Number one is to stay involved with your rehab program, counselors, and other clients from rehab. Keep up with your appointments and make it a point to communicate regularly with those you became close with in recovery. Join a support group for further opportunities to grow in your sobriety.
Along with staying connected to the recovery community is the importance of being open and honest with supportive family and friends. Let them know what’s going on with you, what you are feeling, and any fears you have, so they can help you through the tough days. Engage in healthy activities, like eating right, exercising, enjoying nature, and getting plenty of sleep.
Finally, be aware of those around you and be willing to assist with other people’s needs whenever possible. Volunteer at a humane society, serve food at a shelter, or donate to a food bank. Consider going back to your treatment program as a mentor, or become a sponsor at a local support group. Seeing and meeting the needs around you will take the focus off of yourself and your own troubles.
Relapse is a very real issue, and if it happens stay calm and revisit your recovery plan. Tell your sponsor, or counselor what happened and recommit yourself to your sobriety. Pay attention during treatment so that you can be prepared to maintain your sobriety long after your program is finished. Take your time to let what you learned in rehab really sink in. Give yourself the chance to practice stress-reduction techniques, build your relationship skills, and become more sure of yourself before you throw yourself back into work, relationships, stressful situations, and life.
Detox is often a part of recovery that scares people off, but it does not have to be so intimidating. If you have questions about detox and what to expect from it, contact our us today. Our caring counselors will walk you through the entire process, so that you can begin your sober life