Successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program is, no doubt, a big achievement. However, your job is not done yet.
Your goal now is to continue to implement the strategies learned in rehab as you face the challenges of living and then, if abstinence is your goal, to maintain sobriety for the rest of your life.
Here are 5 replapse prevention tips that can help you stay resilient and determined in addiction recovery:
Create a Positive Support Network
It is always good to have the support of close friends and family members, whether or not you are in recovery. You should be able to talk to your loved ones about what you are feeling and lean on them for help.
This support network should comprise people who do not engage in substance abuse and are supportive of you as a person and not critical or toxic. They can prove to be a great source for guidance and encouragement.
Keep Temptations in Check
Your addiction recovery is not complete after the treatment program. Your brain needs time to readjust to your new lifestyle and re-build connections. During this phase, temptations and cravings should be expected.
It is a good idea to completely avoid people, places and situations that might trigger the desire to use. Make sure that you do not get back to your old friends and avoid going to clubs and bars until you feel confident that you can manage these high risk situations effectively. If abstinence is your goal, you should refrain from people, places and things associated with using.
Create a Healthy Routine
Another way to stay on course in addiction recovery is to form a healthy daily schedule. From exercising to giving time to family members, this schedule should contain constructive and productive activities. While every hour doesn’t need to be scheduled, you should have some dependable structure. Make sure you follow this daily routine.
Psychotherapy and Addiction Recovery
Addiction recovery is a life-long process. It is a good idea to schedule at least weekly sessions with your therapist in aftercare. He/she will not only be able to evaluate your progress, but will also help you work through relapse triggers as they occur.
Learn Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress
From numbing your painful memories to calming yourself after an argument with your partner, there were many reasons why you started substance use in the first place. However, now that you have decided to cut back or stop using drugs, your relapse prevention plan should include a menu of skills to cope with stressors.
Make sure you find healthy ways to deal with stressors. Here are some examples:
- Try yoga and meditation.
- Breathe deeply.
- Adopt a pet.
- Talk to friends and family.
- Go out and spend some time in nature.
- Maintain your routine.
- Adopt a healthy diet.
We at Mental Health Resources are a team of counselors and mental health practitioners. For more than 20 years, we have been providing substance use and addiction treatment in Memphis. From alcohol counseling to marijuana abuse treatment, we help patients deal with a variety of addiction issues. Contact us or call our office at 901-682-1434 during regular business hours.