5 Tips to Assure Lasting Recovery After You Finish Drug Rehab
Take the steps you need to, so you can have a lasting recovery after drug rehab.
If maintaining sobriety was easy, don’t you think everyone would do it? Unfortunately, assuring your lasting recovery from addiction is not always as easy as we would like it to be but with hard work and dedication, armed with the tools and education you gained in drug rehab, you can make a lasting recovery from addiction. To assure that you avoid relapse and make the most of your recovery post drug rehab here are a few tips to keep you on the right track.
First, stay away from the people who could put you in danger of relapse. This means that you need to stay away from friends and family members whom you used to use drugs with and who use drugs themselves. Keep yourself out of situations that could be potentially dangerous to your recovery. If you have a loved one or spouse who uses drugs or alcohol, consider asking them to seek treatment so that you can assure your greatest chance of a long term successful recovery from addiction.
Next, make sure that you avoid the triggers that cause you to want to use drugs or alcohol. You learn all about the triggers that cause you to use drugs and you learn how to recognize them in advance so that you can deal with them appropriately. Once you have completed drug rehab, make every effort to avoid triggers when possible, cope with them appropriately if you can’t avoid them and do your best to overcome these triggers to assure your lasting sobriety.
Be careful about the over the counter medications that you take. Sometimes over the counter medications can trigger a relapse because they have certain levels of drugs in them that may alter your state of mind enough to cause a relapse or poor judgment. Additionally, you should be prepared to talk with your doctor about your recovery and if the need to take medications arises be sure that your doctor knows you are a recovering addict. Drug rehab teaches you a lot of things but you should still be honest with your doctor to assure that you have the best chance of maintaining your sobriety in the event that you do need to take a prescription medication in the future.
Seek support whenever you feel like you are alone or like you need some extra help. Drug rehab provides you with a number of different support systems that you can take with you long after you have completed treatment. You likely have a sponsor who you can call for help, you should have community contacts and you probably made friends in treatment that are also there to support you in your recovery. If you feel like using drugs or alcohol, make a phone call to your counselor, family member or friend who doesn’t use and talk things through rather than use.
Finally, to make the most out of your drug rehab consider working through the aftercare plan that is developed for you during your treatment in a drug rehab center. You and your counselor will work up a plan for your long term recovery that includes counselling, therapy, support and community efforts to assure that you maintain and continue working toward your recovery goals. Stay on track, stay focused and stay in contact with your counselor to assure your greatest chance of a long term recovery from addiction even after you have completed drug rehab.
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