Completing your rehabilitation program marks a big step towards recovery from addiction. Once you have left your rehab facility, however, it’s just as important to maintain a positive outlook on life. Taking slow, small steps will help you rebuild your self-esteem.
Go Easy on Yourself
One of the most important things to remember after your rehabilitation program is that you will make mistakes. This is all right, but it’s also not an excuse to spiral back into addiction. Give yourself a break and acknowledge that you may feel worried or depressed from time to time. It’s important that you learn to manage stress positively and turn to friends, family, and counselors to help you through difficult times. Concentrate on addiction recovery as a long-term goal, rather than trying to live each day perfectly.
Take Note of Your Successes
While you shouldn’t dwell on failure, remember that successes are worth celebrating. Simply graduating from your rehabilitation program is a big achievement! Don’t let your recognition of success end there; take a moment to stop each day and consider the things you’ve done right. Remember times of positive progress and use them to reaffirm your faith in yourself. Feel free to share these times with family and friends, as they will be happy to celebrate with you every step of the way toward recovery.
Keep Active and Occupied
While you shouldn’t eradicate downtime from your schedule, keeping yourself occupied can help minimize the desire to lapse back into drug or alcohol use. Scheduling 30-60 minutes of exercise a day strengthens your body and leaves you feeling great. Try joining a club, sports group, or other activity to meet new friends and replace drug use with positive social interactions. Branch out to new people, make new friends, and enjoy time with your old friends.
Rebuilding self-esteem is an essential part of the rehabilitation process. Astoria Pointe is here to help you with every step along the road to recovery. To find out more about our rehabilitation center for men, call us today at (503) 298-4393.