Entering rehab can be a little scary, but it can also be scary to leave it once you have done all the hard work to begin your recovery journey. Now that you’ve made it through rehab, what’s next? There are life skills and specific strategies that can help you stay sober after rehab. A high-quality aftercare program can play an important role in helping you achieve lasting sobriety.
Addiction is a chronic disease. Management of a chronic disease does not end just because its most debilitating symptoms have been treated. Just as you’d return to your rheumatologist to continue to monitor your arthritis or your endocrinologist to manage your diabetes, an aftercare program will offer you the professional support you need to maintain your sobriety.
At Serenity Light Recovery, our team of specialists will help guide you to the right aftercare program to meet your specific needs. Reach out at 855.658.6109 and get on the road to sober living today.
Tips for Staying Sober
There are a number of strategies and skills that help people in recovery and that are supported by an aftercare team. Some helpful tips for managing your sobriety after rehab include:
- Find a support group. Whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or another program, 12-step or otherwise, be sure that you have a place to go when you are worried about your sobriety, need support in your journey, or could use a friendly place to land. Never underestimate the power of other people who personally understand your lived experience.
- Set achievable daily goals for yourself, like connecting with a supportive friend, doing a healthy workout or yoga routine, or logging enough hours of sleep.
- Create a schedule. Having goals is great, but setting up a schedule so you can remind yourself and track your progress is just as important. Use a schedule to avoid both boredom (too little to occupy you) or stress (overwhelming or anxiety-producing work or life commitments).
- Pursue sober relationships. It can be challenging to disengage with friends you made while using, but actively engaging with people you know will have your back is an important part of sober living.
- Recognize your triggers. As importantly, learn to avoid them. Whether it’s places, situations, or activities, if they put you at risk of relapse, steer clear.
- Do good. There is compelling evidence that being of service to others enhances quality of life, increases happiness, and supports health and wellness. Most 12-step programs include service to others as a key component of their program. You can serve meals at a soup kitchen, volunteer at an animal shelter, offer friendship and fellowship to nursing home residents, do mission work through your church, or whatever you find meaningful and inspiring.
Life After Rehab
Yes, life does go on after rehab. Your addiction treatment program is just the beginning. It has provided you with the foundation you need for staying sober. Living life as a sober person happens day by day, putting one foot in front of the other. Living fully in the now is a great way to view your recovery. If you can develop that mindset and embrace the program that sustains you in your recovery, you will find you are indeed walking your path.
Remind yourself each day why you do the work, why you committed to this process, and why you are grateful.
A professional post-rehab aftercare program is a great help in transitioning to life after rehab, and at Serenity Light Recovery, we offer just that.
Learn More About Serenity Light Recovery
Continued treatment for addiction after rehab increases your chances of staying sober. Serenity Light’s aftercare program helps clients maintain sobriety after discharge.
What you will find at Serenity Light Recovery includes weekly group meetings as well as sober events and activities. Learning from one another and having a community of supportive professionals and peers will enhance and underscore your own successful recovery.
We are ready to talk to you if you have questions or want more information about our detox, rehab, or aftercare programs. Our compassionate, professional staff understand the recovery journey very well, and their mission is to support you on yours. Reach out using our online form or by calling us at 855.658.6109.