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10 Tips For Staying Alcohol Free After Rehab At Portsmouth In Alcohol Rehab Portsmouth

Having gone through rehab you are now joining the larger society. You're probably quite anxious as you try to imagine what your life is going to be like.


You are looking forward to remaining free from alcohol but are aware that the chances of relapse are just around the corner. To help you to stay clean from the alcohol or drugs, there are several things that you could do.

  • Get Into An Aftercare Program
  • You will be able to discover the support you need to stay sober once you maintain a long and intense commitment to aftercare therapy.
  • You can remain focused and grounded with the help of aftercare.
  • Overconfidence and relativization of aftercare are some of the most correct indicators that relapse will happen.
  • People who are realistic and do not neglect aftercare therapies are known to have the greatest rate of sobriety.
  • Keep Busy
  • You do not want to be around drugs and alcohol anymore, therefore, you have decided to stay away from the people that you hung out with before you went to treatment.
  • While this is an important step, it could very possibly leave you lonely.
  • It's better to contact you support groups (us, trusted friends, etc.) if you realize that you want to drink out of boredom, loneliness or restlessness.
  • Spending their time without using alcohol is what many individuals that used to be alcoholics don't know how to do.
  • It is helpful to get new friends and get into new and safe recreational activities to pass time as you work to maintain sobriety.
  • You can also re-evaluate how you see yourself if you are able to find a job and this can also encourage you to start making better choices.
  • Take Care Of Yourself
  • Cravings can be triggered due to many things.
  • You can begin to crave for alcohol when you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired even when it is least expected.
  • Looking after your physical and emotional well being will help minimize risk.
  • You can take better care of yourself if you start eating properly, if you get plenty of sleep and if you make a list of sober friends you can trust.
  • Rely On The Methods You Were Taught Of Avoiding Relapse
  • You have mentally prepared yourself for many different situations that might lead to relapse and you have worked very hard on this while you were in treatment.
  • You will see that you can overcome many problems if you use this fresh experience rigorously the first year.
  • Recovering alcoholics who choose to go on without using the techniques and skills they have learnt while ignoring triggers and circumstances that could lead to relapse are playing with fire.
  • During recovery, you should always be aware of anything that may cause a relapse and take the corrective measures as you were taught.
  • Should You Trip And Drink Again, Avoid Going Back To Full Abuse
  • A relapse can occur in between the most diligent of the people who are recovering.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself and assume you can't manage just because of a single relapse because to stay clean is something you have to actively commit to for the rest of your life.
  • You must not fall back into destructive habits even if the feelings of regret are powerful.
  • If you do slip, don't feel lost and call us immediately and discuss why you used, what the triggers were and how you are feeling.
  • Listen To Our Advice
  • We are the specialists in teaching alcoholics how to lead lives without alcohol.
  • The amount of knowledge available with us is huge and the guidance we provide considers the knowledge which has worked for clients and the information that has not.
  • Think about what we say and hold on to it.
  • We offer tangible, good advice because we want you to stay clean after leaving treatment.
  • Talk To Your Loved Ones
  • Communicating openly with friends and family is an excellent way of making sure you keep making healthy decisions after rehab.
  • Talk about your emotions to your loved ones.
  • Maybe you are lonely or stressed or bored.
  • All emotions, even good ones could be a trigger that gets you into relapse.
  • Through communication with loved ones you get to build your relationships while getting their support so that the decisions you make are healthier and better.
  • Have A Safety Net In Place As Well As A Support Network
  • Immediately after leaving the treatment you should be making a beginning by participating in your aftercare program.
  • You can deal with and resist temptation with the help of aftercare, and programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • You can also use the experience to learn from other people's mistakes as well as your own.
  • You will probably be assigned a sponsor, if you go to AA or NA meetings, and you should contact this sponsor every time you are in a position that might lead to relapse.
  • The network will always be available for you to stable you when you begin to stumble or fall.
  • With this support, you'll realise you can do more than you imagined possible.
  • Those In School Should Talk To Their Advisors
  • You can get to meet other students who have struggled with addiction too and this can give you a chance to make new friends.
  • You will want to avoid some of your former friends that are maybe still using alcohol or drugs.
  • You can learn to live a drug or alcohol free life with the help your new friends.
  • Use The Methods You Were Taught In Rehab
  • While you are in the treatment you get the chance to learn the skills for dealing with the peer pressure and triggers.
  • If you end up in situations where you are faced with temptation, you can make use of these skills to help yourself.
  • You must do what is good for you and you have been prepared to do it.
  • Get in touch with us or your counsellor if you think you still need help to cope.

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Rehab is not a quick fix because recovery takes time. One of the best thing you can do to remain clean is seeking and being committed to aftercare therapy. Developing support systems and communicating with family are important in your journey. An individualized mix of suggestions plus what you have learned from treatment can give you valuable tools for a great life because no single suggestion can ensure you will always stay clean.


Remember that, ''Doing the same thing will always yield the same results." If you want change, you have to embrace change.