Beating an Alcohol Addiction Following Rehab
How To Maintain Your Recovery After You Leave Rehab
After leaving rehab for alcoholism, it’s important to take steps to ensure that your treatment continues to be successful. Luckily, there are highly effective ways of preventing a relapse. Here are six things that can help you maintain recovery:
1. Spend Time With The Right People
Friends and family members who care about you can provide emotional support, which is an extremely important part of preventing a relapse. Avoid spending time with individuals who could trigger you to go back to old habits.
2. Follow-Up With Counseling And Support Groups
While treatment in a rehab facility can cure physical dependency and greatly reduce your cravings for alcohol, it’s important to find an addiction counselor after leaving rehab. An addiction counselor can help you to deal with emotional struggles that could make you prone to a relapse. Support groups, such as alcoholics anonymous, can provide you with effective ways to effectively handle triggers.
3. Deal With Difficult Places
For many individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, certain places can trigger cravings. For some individuals, the only triggering places may be bars or restaurants where you used to drink. For other people, it may be triggering to walk into any restaurant that serves alcohol or walk down an isle of a supermarket where alcohol is sold. Sometimes, it will take some time to identify what (if any) places are triggering for you.
It’s best to avoid triggering places until you’re able to effectively deal with the feelings they bring out, but this isn’t always possible. It is best to plan how you’ll leave challenging situations if you need to. Furthermore, it’s important to ride out any cravings that you experience. Challenge them but understand that they’re only temporary.
4. Maintain The Right Dietary And Sleeping Habits
Feeling excessively hungry can be triggering for some people. Therefore, it’s important to develop a dietary plan. The dietary plan that you create should include all essential vitamins, minerals, and main food groups. This can help keep you in the right state of mind to effectively deal with triggers.
Furthermore, it is important to make sure you get a good night’s rest. Feelings of exhaustion can be triggering fork many individuals. A healthy adult requires anywhere between 7-8 hours of quality sleep at night, but some individuals may need even more.
It’s also important to note that the rest you get needs to be quality sleep. Therefore, you should take some time to get in a relaxed state prior to going to bed. Also, make sure that you sleep in a dark room.
5. Understand The Importance Of Hobbies
For many people leaving a rehab facility, drinking took the place of a meaningful hobby prior to going to rehab. Therefore, it’s essential to you find a healthy activity that you enjoy and allocate a significant amount of time for it. This is one of the most effective ways to avoid a relapse. When you’re choosing a hobby, it’s essential to ensure that it doesn’t involve being around triggering places or people.
6. Consider Meditation
Meditation can be an effective way to remain in a relaxed and focused mindset. This can help ensure that you’re able to successfully deal with triggers. Furthermore, meditation is often an effective way to reduce emotional (internal) triggers. Meditating is also much simpler than many people realize, and it’s easy to find guided meditation videos online.