Taking the first steps toward seeking treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is not easy; continuing down the path and staying on track can be even more difficult. It is critical for people seeking treatment to utilize resources offered by their counselor or treatment center, and learn as much as possible about the recovery process by doing their own research. Rehab-International.org provides ongoing support through updated information and articles to help people in recovery stay in recovery.
Besides seeking knowledge, there are other ways to avoid relapse in the first few weeks and months following rehabilitation.
Start by sharing. Don’t hold feelings in; whether its anger, frustration, sadness, or even happiness, let it out. Go to a support group and talk with people who can relate to exactly what you’re going through. Talk to loved ones and friends, and be sure they know what you’re struggling with.
Find healthy friends. One of the hardest parts about rehab can be the necessity of finding a whole new set of friends; hanging out with other users will most likely send you into a relapse. Seek friends from support groups and find new hobbies and friends who share your new, healthy interests.
Distraction through doing. There’s a lot to be said about keeping busy, with healthy habits. Look into free community education classes, start an exercise program, learn a new hobby, volunteer, or learn a new language. Occupying free time will help avoid using substances out of boredom.
Avoid tempting activities. This includes going to places you once hung out at, as well as emotional circumstances that might throw you off track in your recovery.
Mistakes don’t matter. Don’t sweat the small stuff, a mistake does not mean complete failure. Start again, and keep moving forward, learning from the mistake.
Remember, it’s not an easy journey, but the benefits of staying sober are well-worth the effort.