The biggest test of your sobriety is its sustenance in our daily routine. After 30-90 days of spending time in rehab, you are determined and well-aware of how difficult it is going to be getting back to your everyday life.
There’s fear mixed with hope and a mighty challenge in front of you to rebuild your life around a routine that was once laden with alcohol and drugs. This includes mending relationships that were strained due to drug abuse as well. Once you have left rehab you will have can find a place to live, or maybe return to school. Whereas others might have to go out looking for a job. Whatever the case of life after rehab can be very tough, but at the same time, a crucial challenge.
This article focuses on the crucial aspects of recovery that are often overlooked. That is, the challenge to get back to routine life after strenuous rehabilitation.
Let us look at some of the key ideas that will help you embrace your sobriety in your everyday life and find new ways of living.
Write It Down
You must understand that what lies between a successful rehabilitation and daily routine life, is you. You have the power to be your own best friend or worst enemy.
People are often clouded by their successful rehab that often this leads to complacency. However, the truth is that rehab is a lifelong process. Hence, the first step towards rebuilding your life is to maintain a positive outlook but to be aware of your shortcomings.
It’s important to keep a journal or diary to keep track of your progress, but also help you deal with the stressors in life that once triggered substance abuse. By doing this you are dealing with triggers in a positive and healthy way. Writing down your daily victories and downfalls will help you find ways to better manage the positive and negative events that come into your life and keep you from becoming too overwhelmed.
Make A Plan
“People don’t plan to fail- they fail to plan.”
Most rehab centers lay out a proper plan that serves as a blueprint of your post rehab life. By planning your routine, short-term and long-term goals, you give your life a direction and fill it with a sense of purpose and meaning.
Moreover, it gives you a positive exercise which in the long run will prove very beneficial. You can fill your life with healthy activities that help you progress in your new life of sobriety.
The best thing about rehab is that you get to learn the 12 essential steps of recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous has famously laid down 12 steps that help you transition from rehab to everyday life.
One of the steps involved with the process is making amends with the relationships that addiction has damaged while at the same time identifying your behavioural flaws. Once you understand yourself better, you can maintain your relationships better.
Maintain Good Physical Health
Good physical health is at the center of a rehabilitation program. One must understand the importance of taking good care of one’s physical health. Introducing the gym, sports, and other physical hobbies in your routine are hugely beneficial.
By staying healthy, you begin to feel good about yourself. Which in one way or another, has positive effects on how your sobriety. So start diet plans and exercise as an essential part of your daily routine.
Emotional and Spiritual Health
The most important thing that will help you maintain sobriety in your after-rehab life is well-balanced emotional health. This can be achieved by practicing yoga daily, making you spiritually aware of yourself. This way, you can enrich your life and develop a strong will.
Further, you can enroll yourself in some hobbies such as learning a musical instrument or photography. These hobbies keep you in touch with the surface of life, helping you evolve spiritually.
Now, coming to the other side of the practicalities. Once you find an even balance in your life, you must start working professionally. You must fill your routine habits around your work life. Right from making your resume to searching for a proper place to live, you must address these issues earnestly, and once accomplished, you begin to feel confident about yourself.
Leading a sober life involves more than living a clean social life and finding a decent job. You must make sure you maintain a healthy balance between your physical and emotional health to enrich your life thoroughly.
You must plan your routine thoroughly and follow them religiously, and by holding on to it like an anchor will help you sail your after-rehab life smoothly.
Lastly, recovery can be an essential learning experience in one’s life. Hence, one must always embrace that experience and develop essential life skills such as patience, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance.