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Adjusting to Life After Drug Rehab

RobertCordrayDrug addiction is one of the most difficult things to deal with. Even more difficult than the addiction itself is accepting that you need help and taking the necessary steps to recovery. For anyone who has made those steps and visited rehab, the hardest part is over. But many people are so focused on rehab and getting clean, nobody really thinks about what comes next. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 40-60 percent of recovering drug
addicts will relapse, which is similar to the relapse rates of other chronic illnesses. This is largely because people are not prepared to cope with the drastic change in their lives, and so when they leave rehab, they do not know how to react to a life that is so different from the one that they knew before going in. Here is some advice for someone who is trying to adjust to life after rehab.

Keep up Good Habits

Rehab will no doubt have helped you quit drugs by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and replacing your bad habits with good ones. The first step to adjusting to life after rehab is making sure that you keep up with your good habits. Such things as going to therapy and group meetings can make a huge difference towards the success of your recovery, and also help you to network with people who understand what you are going through and can offer help when you need it.

Stay Healthy

Part of maintaining your good habits is living a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of yourself physically is important, as bad habits can trigger cravings. Avoid staying up too late, not getting enough sleep, skipping meals, eating junk food, and spending time on things or people who make you angry, upset, or depressed. A clean body and a clean mind will encourage a happy heart, and make it a lot easier not to relapse.

Keep Busy

If you spend most of your time doing nothing, you will eventually find negative ways to fill your time. Come up with some goals and a plan to achieve them, starting as soon as you get out of rehab. Make sure that they are positive and achievable. Make some professional goals to help you get back into work, whether it is at your old job or looking for a new job. Come up with a realistic life plan that you can start working on to keep busy.

Reach Out to People

Loneliness can also trigger a relapse, so make sure that you surround yourself with positive people. You may have to cut yourself off from any people who you knew before rehab, who encouraged your habit. Instead reach out to people such as friends and family who are close and supportive.

Get Past Setbacks

There may come a time when you do relapse. The most important thing is that you do not let such problems get to you. If you relapse, don’t let it turn back into a full blown addiction. If 60 percent of addicts relapse, you are in the majority, so don’t beat yourself up about it. What really matters is how you respond afterwards. Pick yourself up again and get back on track. Remember, the hardest part is over.

About the Author: Hyrum Taffer is a freelance writer with a great deal of experience in drug addiction/recovery. Through much personal experience with a California drug rehab and a lot of research, Hyrum hopes others can benefit from his writing.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on April 25th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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