Addiction recovery does not end once you’ve completed a formal addiction treatment program. It is something that you must continually work on, and the first few weeks and months of sobriety can be some of the most critical. During this time, you’re learning to adjust to challenges of everyday life, implementing what you learned in treatment, and building a lifestyle where you can thrive. It is important to create a safe space where you can continue working on your recovery and turning your life around for the better.
- Rid Your Home of Any Drugs, Alcohol, or Related Paraphernalia
You don’t want to go back to living in a home where there are drugs or alcohol readily available. Work with your family or friends to clean everything out in order to reduce temptation. Don’t forget that this may also mean getting rid of shot glasses, putting away pictures that show drinking, or boxing up other reminders of your days in active addiction. You don’t want anything that could increase your risk of relapse. Make sure your family is on board too and respects your need for a substance-free household.
- Consider a Sober Living Home
If you live alone, or know that your family, significant other, or roommates actively use drugs or alcohol, you may want to consider checking into a sober living home for a while before going back to your house. There, you know that it will be a safe environment, you’ll be held accountable, and you’ll have support available from peers and professionals who understand the recovery process. It can be a great step between treatment and home.
- Choose Your Company Wisely
Surround yourself with people who support your recovery and respect the changes you have made in your life. Early recovery can be a very sensitive time, so you don’t want to be around people who you know will influence or encourage you to make poor choices. Build a strong support system and know who you can call if you’re experiencing cravings, going through a rough patch, need a distraction, or just need someone to talk to.
- Develop Routines
Boredom can be a major trigger for relapse. Fill your time with meaningful activities that give you a sense of purpose. Schedule out your days so you don’t have long periods of downtime. Creating a sense of structure and stability can be very good for recovery and helps you know what to expect.
- Manage Stress
Another major trigger for relapse can be stress. Practice self-care and know your limits. It can be tempting to dive back into life and do everything you were used to doing before, but take things slowly. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Increase your responsibilities as you feel more comfortable and confident in your recovery, and don’t be afraid to say no if you’re taking on more than you can handle. Find other ways of beating stress that are effective for you too, such as deep breathing, meditation, listening to music, journaling, or exercising. These activities can support a more positive mindset.
If you could benefit from additional support in recovery, turn to Seacliff Recovery Center. We offer a variety of options to fit your individual needs from partial hospitalization and outpatient programs to extended care and sober living. Find what works best for you so that you can make the most of your recovery and substance-free lifestyle.