Think of how far you’ve come on your recovery journey: starting with making the decision to change your life forever to finishing the detox and rehabilitation process. Now, you have made it to the last and final step—staying sober while you start to adjust to a new life free of addiction.
Here’s how we at Beachside Rehab help our patients after rehab as well as some tips for continuing sobriety after treatment.
Make an Aftercare Plan
Following rehab, most patients enter our aftercare program. This focused relapse prevention program takes place shortly after the detoxification or rehabilitation phase completes.
Aftercare for substance abuse continues with therapy, though at a reduced, less intense level. Group therapy is also offered so that you can make connections and build a lifelong support system. The goal of our aftercare program is to help you get a feel for a new, more independent way of living and feel confident that you can tackle any obstacles.
We do offer a more controlled process of aftercare recovery with our sober living program. Rather than return home and receive supplemental therapy over time, this process transfers recently recovered addicts to a suburban-like environment where staff is on hand to provide support.
Speaking to someone about your thoughts or experiences whenever you feel the need is one of the best things you can do for your sobriety. Counseling and group therapy help to reinforce, re-engage, and encourage you to not give up. During your time at Beachside, you are provided with many resources to keep up with counseling or therapy and stay on the right track for the rest of your life.
Beachside Rehab offers enhanced virtual individual and group therapy to existing, previous, and new clients. Rest assured if you can’t continue support in person, we can help you connect with therapists and groups online with video conferencing. We are here to provide expert treatment and compassionate care to help you on your healing journey no matter your situation.
Be Aware of Relapse Signs
Use the tools you learned in rehab to help identify signs of wanting to relapse. For many, signs of relapse may include:
- Mood swings
- Not asking for help
- Not going to meetings
Always seek help from your support group, family, or friends if you start experiencing any of these symptoms.
Make Some Life Changes
In order to continue a sober lifestyle, there may be some life changes that need to be made. Here are four life changes we recommend to help make continued sobriety much easier.
1. Make New Friends
If during rehab you discover your home life is not conducive to your new, sober lifestyle, you need to change your home environment. For instance, you should remove people in your life that you did drugs with or obtained drugs from. Try to make new friends that align with your new life goals.
2. Find New Hobbies
Now that you are sober, find new interests to occupy your time. Being productive with your time and finding a hobby is essential for long-term success. Try finding something you enjoy and that can be a source of stress relief. This can be anything from painting, cooking, gardening, exercising, reading, or even playing a new sport with friends. Any of these hobbies can provide happiness and improve your mental wellbeing.
3. Get into a Routine
It’s important to develop a structured daily and weekly schedule and stick to it. This structured schedule will help you achieve other goals in your life. Staying sober is a high priority, but developing and pursuing other goals should be at the top of the list.
4. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Staying active and eating a healthy diet can do so much good for your body and mind. There are numerous health advantages of physical fitness. Regular exercise and physical activity promote strong muscles and bones and can also help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk for disease. Not to mention the boost of endorphins you get after a nice workout session.
As far as your diet, healthy foods that keep you full, satisfied, and energized can help your recovery in many ways. By focusing on balanced meals complete with key nutrients, you can give your body the fuel it needs to fight cravings and keep you feeling strong.
Treatment Programs at Beachside Rehab
You can live a sober, happy life. Our treatment programs provide an individualized, intimate experience that is tailored to your needs. This is our philosophy at Beachside Rehab, and our committed team wants to see you succeed. Please contact us today for more information.