After completing a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program, you must return to a busy and hectic life. While treatment provides routine and structure, the real world is unpredictable fast-paced. You know the importance of staying connected in recovery, but with work, school, family, travel, and social commitments, it can be difficult to stay connected to your recovery plan.
Some of the most enduring bonds and friendships come out of treatment. During rehab, you enjoy connection to others, many of whom understand where you’ve been and where you are going. You’ll come to appreciate the encouragement, friendship and insight that counselors and therapists can provide. After treatment ends, these relationships don’t have to end. Staying connected to a support network is key to lifelong recovery.
Why stay connected? Getting sober is hard. Staying sober is much harder. Staying connected provides a solid foundation of security and support. As you face new challenges in a brand new, sober lifestyle, staying connected will help you stay true to your commitment to a healthier life.
How to Stay Sober After Rehab
When most people first achieve sobriety, they are very excited and motivated. This time is extremely exciting as they think about a new life with new possibilities. Unfortunately, as time passes, the initial excitement and motivation begins to fade away. Even though a sober life is more fulfilling, it can be tempting to take things for granted. This is what leads to a slippery slop towards rehab.
The key to staying sober after rehab is to stay motivated in recovery. This is why it’s so important to be plugged into a recovery network that can provide support and encouragement. Your recovery group might include counselors, sponsors and friends who are also in recovery. A trustworthy and solid support system is one of the keys to sobriety.
Here are some of the ways you can stay connected:
Honor Your Follow-Up Appointments
If you’ve scheduled an appointment with a counselor, therapist, treatment center or physician, honor these appointments by showing up. Though you might feel tempted to skip or postpone them, you need continued support from health professionals. Even if you think you can handle temptations on your own, it’s easier to remain motivated if you’re periodically checking-in. Committing to aftercare plans is key to staying on the right path.
Continue Attending 12-Step Meetings
There’s a reason 12-step meetings are the standard of addiction treatment support: they work. There are both general and substance-specific 12-step programs available. Regularly attending a support group will help keep you accountable, motivated and connected to people who understand the challenges of sobriety. It’s a constant reminder that you have control of your life and the choices you make. Plus, you’ll make and maintain new friendships that will enrich your life.
Take Advantage of Technology
Technological advances make it easier than ever to stay connected to recovery coaches, counselors and sponsors. One solution is JourneyPure Recovery Coaching, which features secure messaging, secure video-chat and geo-locate technology. Whatever platform you choose, technology can help you achieve accountability measures, transparency and support on the go. This also provides an opportunity for ongoing education about addiction, which will help you better understand yourself and the challenges that you face.
Give Back to the Community
Volunteering is a great way to stay connected and give back to your community. Because community service and philanthropy comes in so many different shapes and forms, there’s always an opportunity for everyone to give back. Community service helps keep you grounded, thankful and connected to others around you, which in turn helps your own recovery. This is what people in recovery mean when they say, “You have to give it away to keep it.”
Find Spirituality, Religion or a Higher Power
Studies show that people who consider themselves happiest are also connected to some sort of religion or higher power. Whether you attend a church or meditate in your own time, it’s important to make sure your spirit is filled with feelings of well-being and happiness. One of the benefits of organized religion is the ability to network, socialize and fellowship with other attendees. However, you’ll still find the benefit of spirituality and self-care by seeking out a “higher power” on your own.
Stay Connected in Recovery with JourneyPure
Just because your formal addiction treatment is complete, it doesn’t mean that your journey is over. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Your journey of a sober and drug-free life is just beginning.
Our team is here to help you stay connected in recovery so you can find the support you need to remain sober. From aftercare activities to recovery coaching, we’re committed to your long-term success.
Get in touch today to learn more.