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Remaining Sober Post Rehabilitation

The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life


It is more difficult remaining abstinent for long even after doing a great work to reach the level of abstinence. Creation of novel leisure activities and establishment of targets help maintain abstinence.

In a controlled and supervised rehab centre, it is relatively easier to stay clean and get well.

Provision of opportunities of restoration and survival and a strong background of safety are provided by rehabilitation that keeps one going while at home.


Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.


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. Abstinence maintenance is made less difficult by this fact.


Handling The Desires To Use When Out Of Rehab

The change to normal life after living in a rehab is something that is hard for many people.

After leaving the rehab it becomes easy for the individual to find himself or herself being put in trigger situations or conditions that can spark the thoughts of reverting back to the previous habits.

Company of old acquaintances, being in the midst of old surroundings, and specific emotions might lure you into reaching out for the substance to which you were earlier addicted to.


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

  • Establish A Support System
  • Those that have been able to maintain abstinence for a long time and also want you to do the same, are individuals you should be socialising with.
  • Ensure you are part of a local support group on whom you can count for help.
  • Make Positive Changes To Your Lifestyle
  • You need to change the environment in a way that you don't get the urges to use the drugs again.
  • Any situation that would want to make you reuse must be evaded.
  • Define Future Goals
  • You will find yourself better equipped to handle temptations after you have defined what you want to achieve in future.
  • It will be easier for you to remain on track when you have understood the reasons why you want to stay composed along with all the benefits the sobriety can bring into your life.
  • Don't Miss Group Or Personal Therapy Sessions
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • Always keep in mind that the experience and information you will get from your counsellors will equip you with skills and coping mechanisms that you may not figure on your own.
  • Take time to appreciate.
  • Make sure that you are grateful for your life and recognize the efforts you have made to become clean.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Create Fresh Healthy Habits, Replace The Old Ones
  • A study which has been published in the European Journal Of Social Psychology provides information that it can take in excess of two months before a fresh habit can become habitual, and therefore, you will be required to find a new and a positive habit which you enjoy and stay with it without exceptions.

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Engage With Positive Recreational Activities Or Pastimes

Forming positive habits and participating in healthy activities to pass time are highly recommended forms of distraction.

Clean activities can be a lot of fun too and you don't need drugs to enjoy a good time.

If you are wondering whether you should be going back to the rehab or feel a need for some help to stay on a sober path after the rehab, please contact us now on 0800 246 1509 for the help you need.


You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:

  • Running
  • Meditate
  • Sports
  • Studying
  • Spending time in museum
  • Seeking formal education
  • Taking courses in a new language
  • Take up farming
  • Help in communal activities

Join Support Groups That Provide A Community Feel

Nearly in every city and locality, several local groups offer support to people on their way to recovery. Become part of such a group by enrolling into a support group and group therapy.

Participation in numerous types of continuing care, which include therapy, check-ups, 12-step meetings and alternative support groups is also recommended.


The Ability To Be Around Drugs And Alcohol Without Falling Into Old Habits

This could just be one of the trigger situations that could test your control where it is best to just skip altogether. When you are in a place where access to drinks or other possible substances is uninhibited, then you may just well forget about sobriety.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will find yourself in a compromising condition (such as get-together of closed ones), these are some of the things you can do to ease the atmosphere.

Methods to Avoid Temptations In Social Settings:

  • Make sure you are there with a friend that neither use nor drink and be in company of dependable people.
  • Always go there with a drink devoid of alcohol to keep you busy.
  • You can also spend as little time as possible in the gatherings where alcohol is available.
  • Depart immediately if you begin to feel uncomfortable or tempted.

The Advantages To Be Derived From Getting And Staying Clean

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. Embarking on a sober life is definitely worth the difficulty and the reasons go far beyond the physical benefits which will become attainable. The reasons to remain sober include:

  • Getting new company that don't use alcohol
  • Enjoying your financial wealth
  • Living a happy and amazing life
  • More energy to do things
  • Look and feel healthy
  • For other users trying to be sober, you can be a role model

Recovering from an addiction of drugs or alcohol could be one of the hardest things you will ever have to overcome. The devotion and struggle might be throughout one's life: it is never simple and fast. Achieving sobriety will give you new confidence and you will find that you are now able to take challenges under which you used to buckle before.

Direction is more important than speed when you start your recovery. Whenever a temptation beholds you strongly, divert your mind and focus on the reasons which encouraged you to become and stay sober in the first place.