Life after alcohol rehab can be very difficult for many newly sober patients. After the months you have spent on your transformation (a huge accomplishment in itself) you may be left wondering “what do I do now?” We at Affordable Rehab of Philadelphia, through our years of experience helping people deal with their life after alcohol rehab, have found that there are many things you can do to regain a sense of self and forge a new path in the world.
Recovery after alcohol rehab
Your recovery should be a lifetime plan – there is no cure for addiction, only the determination to stick to a healthier living plan. You need to be able to face the daily challenges of a life after alcohol rehab and the best way to do this is to make sure that you stay focussed on your recovery plan. You should also make an effort to prevent relapses by learning about your triggers and how to cope with the stressors and cravings.
Your life after alcohol rehab will be drastically different from what it was like before. This is definitely not a bad thing. In fact, if you find that you have fallen back into the same lifestyle – same friends, same hangouts, and same neighborhood – you should make a concerted effort to change this especially if these are some of the things that contributed to your alcoholic lifestyle. Firstly, make sober friends. This doesn’t mean that you should write everyone else out of your life, but sober friends will understand what you are going through and will offer the kind of support that others may not understand. Also, if you find that your neighborhood or the usual places you go to socialize have too many distractions and temptations then you should seriously consider finding somewhere new that can accommodate your healthier lifestyle, or even consider moving into a sober community.
Focus on you
It is easy to forget the things you learnt while in alcohol rehab. Every day life can easily get in the way. But it is important to make sure that everything you do is building towards your new life. Go to support groups or join a 12-step program, keep all your follow-up appointments, keep track of your mental and physical wellbeing (seeing a therapist or going for a run outdoors are great ways of coping with your problems), or focus on work and furthering your success doing something you love.
While life after alcohol rehab will be very different from what you are used to, it can be a wonderful thing – the beginning of a life free from past demons and full of the love and light of sober living. Contact Affordable Rehab of Philadelphia today to start something new.