Going to rehab is only the first step in getting sober and learning to live that way. Although your program will help you acquire the skills to identify triggers for your addiction and learn to avoid them, you may find that real life application of those tools is challenging. Continuing to work with a rehab center will help you stay dedicated to a sober lifestyle, but you should also seek other resources to keep you on track. Here are some changes in your life you can expect to make after you are through a rehab program:
Rebuilding relationships: As you work through treatment, you will begin to see how your addiction has affected those around you. This realization can help you get your relationships back together and dissolve those relationships that have facilitated your drug or alcohol use. By rebuilding healthy interactions with your close friends and family members, you can find the loving support that you need to stay strong.
Discovering new hobbies: An important part of learning to live sober is finding ways to occupy your time and get enjoyment out of life. You may take classes to help you rediscover the fun in your life, or you might explore hobbies that you had earlier in life. Exercise is a great way to spend your time, as it will help to relieve stress and make you feel better.
Getting to know yourself: You should dedicate personal time to reflect on your old habits and truly understand what started your addiction. Get in touch with your emotions and find ways to express them that do not harm you. You might do this through a variety of methods, like meditation or counseling, but what is important is that you find one that works for you.
At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we are aware of the challenges that can come during life after rehab, so we offer support to help you through it. Learn more about the rehabilitation services we provide by visiting our website or calling us at (503) 298-4393.