Attending rehab is one of the most successful ways to become clean and sober for good. But many people are still struggling with their sobriety after they leave. Since most rehab centers have inpatient rehab programs where the person is confined to their facility until they are done with the program, there are very few triggers. Nobody else in the facility is using drugs or drinking alcohol, thus eliminating mot of the triggers. But when they get released, it can be extremely difficult in the beginning. Here are some tips for maintaining your sobriety after rehab.
Find a Local Support Group
This should be mandatory for anyone trying to maintain their sobriety after leaving rehab. Addiction is a disease, and doesn’t have a cure. You become sober, but you never truly get over it. It is something you live forever with, so you need constant support. After leaving the rehab facility, you should find a local support group. One that is easy to get to, preferably that was recommended to you by your rehab center counselor or social worker. This may be Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or a less well known support group.
Attend an After-Care Program
If your rehab centers offers an after-care program, don’t hesitate to attend it. This usually means you keep in contact with the rehab counselors you got to know, attend support groups, and check in with them every once in a while. They usually provide you with tips and resources, and help you on your journey to remaining clean and sober.
Get a Solid Support System
Everyone needs a good support system. Before leaving rehab, be sure you have a group of people you know and trust to be your support. These can be family, friends, anyone who has gone through it before or who is going to be there with you throughout your struggles.
Avoid Your Triggers
Triggers are going to be everywhere once they leave the rehab facility. They may be at home, work, school, around the block, anywhere. For some, avoiding these people is easy. They may just stop hanging around at the bar they used to go to every day after work. But for others, it is more difficult because these people who are bad influences are family or friends, even spouses or parents. If this is true, try your best to start distancing yourself. If it isn’t possible, bring them to a group therapy session where you explain how their influence is affecting you.
Another common element among people suffering from drug abuse or addiction problems is dual diagnosis. This means they have a mental disorder aside from the addiction. Common ones are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. It is important for someone with a dual diagnosis to get treatment for the anxiety or other mental disorder when they leave the rehab treatment program.