How to Stay Sober After Rehab
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Addiction, as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is a chronic disease which makes a person unable to exercise any control over his/her practices of substance abuse.
It further states that there are physical, biological, behavioral, emotional and social aspects of this chronic disease.
Relapse is often a phase of chronic diseases hence, a relapse should not be considered as failure. However, this does not mean that a patient does not make any effort to stay sober after receiving the treatment at a rehab center.
In order to fully recover from the chronic disease of addiction, one needs to put in his/her own efforts, in light of professional guidance, in addition to the treatment.
While it is comparatively a lot easier for patients to stay sober as long as they are in rehab, it could get highly difficult in post-rehab period due to the absence of strict rules and regulations, monitoring and professional guidance; defining features of life in rehabilitation centers.
This may make the post-rehab period seem scary, which it could be if you do not plan for it, developing a winning strategy for maintaining the sobriety is not that difficult.
Tips for Staying Sober Post-Rehab
It is hard to get sober, but making it last is even harder!
To progress on the path of healthy recovery and to stay sober after coming out of a treatment facility, make sure you take life after the treatment as seriously as the life in rehab. Following things can help you in this journey:
Take Up Aftercare Programs
Different treatment facilities offer different types of aftercare programs. As the name suggests, an aftercare program is one that is designed to ensure you do not forget what you learned during the treatment period and do not lose what you gained there. Aftercare programs are meant to provide continued support and guidance to patients to make sure they keep progressing on the road to recovery.
These programs help patients to find goals in life, to teach them strategies to cope with post-rehab problems, stress management, tips for maintaining sobriety and avoiding relapse. This is done through frequent counseling sessions and intensive therapies.
Consider Living at Halfway Houses
While any drug addict can consider living at a halfway house, it is particularly ideal and recommended for those who lack a support system in the outside world and hence, face greater risks of relapsing. Sober living, as it is alternatively known, provides patients the ideal environment to continue recovering after the treatment.
Since a patient shares the house with other patients going through the same face, they can easily relate, understand, and support each other. Also, it provides a completely drug-free environment to eliminate the chances of relapse.
Although post-rehab life requires patients to bring some big changes in their lives, it is not advised to make too many of them at the same time. For example, one may need to shift to some other area to avoid relapse chances, moving to a completely alien city or country is not suggested. This is because making too many big changes at the same time could cause stress, anxiety and depression, which contribute towards relapse.
Keep Yourself Motivated
An amazing way to keep yourself motivated through this journey is to keep reflecting back to the gains you have made because of giving up on drugs, such as improved health, better relationships, improved focus, concentration, efficiency and confidence, better social life etc.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
– Robert Collier.