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How To Stay Clean After Rehab

The Transition Between Rehabilitation And General Life


It takes commitment for a person to completely stop the use of drugs in their lives if they have been addicts. Setting up goals and developing new hobbies are a few methods that can be used during the effort to stay sober.

An atmosphere with good social backing that enables users to maintain abstinence by encouragement of security and contentment is the rehabilitation centre.

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


It may be demanding to adapt to living in abstinence outside the centre even when leaving the centre is interesting.


However, people get to learn about the best ways through which they can live a clean lifestyle after rehab even when they face the desires to use the drugs again. This skill and awareness enable you to effectively fight the urges and triggers that draw you every now and then.


Coping With Urges After Rehabilitation

It is usually challenging to change surroundings from the rehabilitation centre back to staying at home.

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.

Matters like returning to the old neighbourhood, meeting family members or friends, along with certain emotions can trigger the temptations to revert back to using drugs or alcohol.


However, there are activities that can divert your attention from the drugs such as:

  • Establish Positive Relationships and 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.
  • You can also join the groups in your locality.
  • Environment Change
  • Seek the help from friends or families to ensure that your home is sterilized from things that would remind or trigger your addiction tendencies.
  • Don't go near places which make you want to use the addicted substance again.
  • Define Future Goals
  • When you have a set of goals for the future, it will become much simpler for you to manage the temptations as and when they arise.
  • It provides you with the focus to hold on to when times get rough and makes it easier for you to keep on track.
  • Don't Miss Group Or Personal Therapy Sessions
  • Attendance of clinic visitation with your physician or at the place where you received treatment is important.
  • The temptation to skip the meetings or beginning to feel that you can handle matters yourselves will certainly be there, but it will be easier to keep away or manage temptations when you receive health and support from the professionals who guided you in the first place.
  • Find a reason every day to be thankful for the accomplishment you have achieved.
  • Recognition of good things we have going for us is more possible when we have a grateful heart.
  • Five circumstances that bring joy and satisfaction should be documented every passing day.
  • Change Your Lifestyle For The Better
  • The European Journal of Social Psychology reported on a study indicating that people require at least 60 days to form a habit so it is important to start a new one as soon as possible.

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Taking Part In Clean Activities Instead Of Using

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.

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The change from rehabilitation centre to home can be made harmless by doing the following:

  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Spending time in museum
  • Educate yourself
  • Learn a new language
  • Gardening
  • Volunteer work

Join Social Groups For A Support Feeling

Seek for the nearest available support organization in your area and take advantage of the services offered. Involvement in jobs and hobbies with like minds, participation in social meetings, going for psychological consultations enables you to keep inspiring people within reach.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


Partying Around Drugs And Alcohol While Remaining In Control

This could just be one of the trigger situations that could test your control where it is best to just skip altogether. The urge to drink can overpower someone and make them relapse on their recovery.

With that said, if you know that you'll be in a situation where people around you might be drinking and some might even offer you one, you can use a time-tested strategy to overcome temptation.

Avoiding temptation to drink in social gatherings:

  • Make sure you are there with a friend that neither use nor drink and be in company of dependable people.
  • Have in hand a non-alcoholic beverage which will keep your senses occupied.
  • Avoid spending a lot of time in such a setting.
  • At the slightest sign of urge to drink or use, exit the vicinity.

The Advantages To Be Derived From Getting And Staying Clean

Your health improves in more than one ways when you stay clean; your liver and heart start functioning more effectively and you sleep better. However, more than your health are other important things that contribute to your well-being as a person. This include:

  • The company of good friends and family
  • Saving money
  • A clear and positive outlook
  • Always having a high life esteem
  • Dressing nice and smart
  • Give new hope to other addicts who want to quit

Recovering from an addiction of drugs or alcohol could be one of the hardest things you will ever have to overcome. The process will not be fast or seamless, and it is a lifelong commitment. Simply by making an effort to remain sober you will have acquired new strength by overcoming the problems that you thought you would not be able to achieve.

You need every ounce of strength and positivity in completing this quest to total recovery. When you begin to feel the temptations to revert back to your old habits, you must make an effort to remember why you wanted to achieve sobriety in the first place.