Many people in rehab are committed to their sobriety within the walls of their holistic rehab facility, but going back into the world after being in that safe space can be difficult. There are many things to do when leaving rehab that will help support sober living.
1. Adopt a Pet
Pets have been proven to lower depression, anxiety, and blood pressure, all excellent health benefits for anyone, but especially for a recovering addict. Plus, a pet is a companion, someone you’re responsible for—and having responsibility for another living creature is a great way to stay accountable for your own well-being, so you can make sure you’re in good condition to tend to your pet.
In holistic rehab, you will find the kind of exercise that works best for you. Develop and maintain an exercise routine as an integral part of sober living. Exercise keeps the happy endorphins flowing, which gives you a natural high from life. And, of course, working out makes you healthier and feel better. Whether you walk briskly every day, maintain a regular yoga practice, take up swimming, or any other combination of sports and activity, moving is good for the soul and recovery.
As recovering addicts re-enter the world after holistic rehab, it’s a good idea to start over completely, often in a different place. That means a new zip code, a new home, and new people and places around you. Relocating gives you that fresh start you want and deserve and leaves behind any unhealthy temptations that could jeopardize your sobriety.
When you’re in recovery, the focus is on the self, specifically on your own healing and self-improvement. Once you leave holistic rehab, other people come back into your world, so choose the people, places, and things that are healthy for you. That might mean volunteering at a homeless shelter, a place of worship, a nursing home, a play center, or Habitat for Humanity. Use your hands, heart, and mind to help others and you will help yourself in the process.
5. Attend Meetings
You will leave rehab with a support system in place and a list of resources that can help you in times of temptation. Maintain sobriety by continuing outpatient rehab and attending meetings. Know who your support system is and have someone you can call on at any time of the day or night to help you maintain sober living.
Learn more about rediscovering a sober life from Beachside Rehab in West Palm Beach, Florida, a respected facility that offers inpatient and outpatient detox, rehab, and holistic recovery. Call today at 866-349-1770 to speak with a trained admissions counselor.
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