One of the major challenges when it comes to addiction recovery is risk of relapse. While relapse can occur at any time, be it within a few weeks after treatment or 20 years, the highest risk tends to be within the first 90 days. This makes creating a safe space for recovery essential. You want to do everything you can to decrease temptation and stay on track with your sobriety, and the environment around you can play a big role.

While in a residential treatment program, you are enveloped in a safe environment where you can focus on your recovery and build the skills you need to maintain your sobriety and a healthy lifestyle. But once you leave residential treatment, there is more onus on you to create this safe space. So, what does that mean?

Ensure your space is free from drugs and alcohol as well as related paraphernalia. When you go home from outpatient treatment, you want to make sure you’re able to continue the positive progress you’ve made. That means not having drugs or alcohol readily available, and not being tempted by seeing drug paraphernalia, shot glasses, posters of alcohol, or other reminders. It is important to talk to your family and work together to keep your living space free from these materials.

Surround yourself with positive people. You are working hard to turn your life around, so make sure you’re associating with people who support those efforts. If family or friends are still actively using drugs or alcohol, it’s a good idea to steer clear of them. Find people who want to see you succeed and are willing to make changes themselves to help you get there. Fill your life with people who make you feel good about yourself, not those who bring you down or tempt you to make poor choices.

Find a healthy community. Your community is where you spend your time and who you choose to spend it with. Make sure that there are support group meetings nearby for you to regularly attend. Explore different opportunities to volunteer so you can give back and have a greater sense of purpose. Build friendships with others who are in recovery, and create a strong support system so you know where to turn if you need help. The last thing you want to do is isolate yourself from everyone.

For some people, home is not a safe space immediately following residential treatment. Instead, they may choose to move into a sober living facility. That way, they can attend outpatient treatment during the day and go to a structured community in the evening where they can continue to reinforce what they have learned and slowly reintegrate back into society.

R&R Recovery at Seacliff provides outpatient treatment programs that support clients in continuing to move forward in recovery and learning how to create a safe environment where they can thrive. In addition, clients learn how to cope with everyday challenges and overcome them in healthy ways to reduce risk of relapse. If you’re committed to recovery and could benefit from additional structure and support following residential care, contact R&R Recovery at Seacliff today.

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