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A Few Things to Do After Treatment

Life after treatment is a little awkward.  The addict has to learn who they are, all over again.  Building a new life needs patience, focus, and positive inspirations.  Getting home, or finding housing, establishes an environment.  Aftercare, therapy, and group sessions can fill in some of the time.  Setting goals and moving forward will need to be acknowledged daily or weekly.  Establishing what to tackle first will be up to the individual.  The person in recovery has a personal journey to get through.  Everyone’s path will be different.  A few common activities to support recovery are listed below.

The To-Do List

Clean House

Setting the environment for comfort will help the addict stay calm and focused on recovery.  Building a new life also means having new surroundings.  Leaving coping skills and supplies out and available can give the individual a go-to technique.  Clear out anything which would remind the individual of past using experiences.  Eliminating triggers and getting organized gives a foundation for change.

Start a New Routine

During treatment, the addict started a new schedule.  Regular eating and sleeping times were consistent.  Exercise was encouraged, and coping skills introduced.  The addict has to transition the practices into a new environment.  The individual should add important factors slowly to encourage growth and independence.  Tackling too many techniques can overwhelm the person in recovery.  Add in simple although important things first.  Self-care processes are commonly first to tackle, followed by diet and exercise.  

Find Sober Activities

Sober friends and activities can help the person in recovery get familiar with life without drugs and alcohol.  What is normal to some, is difficult for others.  Spending time volunteering or being part of a group will establish a connection with sober people.  The time spent doing something useful will counteract boredom and sustain sobriety.

Keep Going

To keep moving forward and keep going through the steps, the addict has to show up to all events related to recovery.  Groups, therapy, and any other support network can encourage the individual to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Filling time and mind-space with important factors of recovery, just after treatment, will set a foundation to build a new life.  Changes are possible when the person keeps going.

Know Others are There to Help

The person in recovery should have a list of supportive people to call.  Friends and family are willing to be available to listen.  Loved ones can give guidance or advice to help overcome hurdles of strong emotions of fear or shame.  A sponsor from AA groups is commonly listed to check in with a newer member of the society. AA communities have a vast network of support to turn to when times become difficult.

Don’t stop the motivation when treatment ends.  The Alumni Program at Resilient House can help you stay on track and help others who struggle, just like you.  Find a community worth being a part of by calling 833-change1 (833-242-6431).