So, you’ve taken your sobriety into your own hands, successfully completed a treatment program, and are ready to return to the world and resume your daily routine. You are, no doubt, feeling a little bit of apprehension. And you know what? That’s perfectly normal. It happens to everyone when they are getting ready to start their journey of long-term sobriety.
But how can you be sure you won’t relapse? Here is the harsh truth; you cannot be. No matter how much you would like a surefire way to guarantee it won’t happen, that simply doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, are countless tips, techniques, and tools to help you stay sober day by day. You will learn many of them during your drug recovery program.
But if you need additional tips or just a simple refresher course, here are 5 great suggestions to follow:
1. Make Sober Friends
It should go without saying, but many recovering addicts think they can still remain friends with old acquaintances with whom they share a drug history. Oftentimes, it’s with the noble intention of trying to help those friends. Unfortunately, what happens more often than not is that they end up relapsing.
2. Relocate if Necessary
Take a look around your neighborhood. Are there constant reminders of your drug use there? Does your former dealer live nearby? Is there an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend close by with whom you had a codependent, drug-involved relationship? If so, you should strongly consider moving if that is an option.
3. Stay Focused on Your Mental Wellness
Keeping your mind right and emotionally and psychologically healthy is the key to staying sober. Regular mediation, mindfulness, and self-analysis are crucial to avoiding relapse.
4. Find Someone Else to Help
Unlike the misguided attempts to help addicts who don’t want it (as mentioned in number 1 on our list), helping other recovering addicts who actually want to get and stay sober can be very beneficial to your continued sobriety.
Not only does sharing the principles you learned in your drug recovery program give you a fresh reminder, but knowing you are an example to someone else struggling can help you stay strong in those moments of severe temptation.
5. Identify Your Triggers and Always Be on Alert Regarding Relapse
In rehab, you will learn your triggers and how to avoid them. But you have to constantly be aware of your surroundings and situations and be diligent in making sure that something isn’t sneaking up on you that you aren’t prepared for.
You Will Learn More Tips for Staying Sober During Your Drug Recovery Program
In addition, your counselors, sponsor, and the staff at your facility will help you develop the necessary tools to continue on the road to sobriety once you have left the center. There are also group therapy sessions available virtually everywhere, and many are undoubtedly close to where you live or work. You can also make your family and friends part of your continuing sobriety.