Care And Support After Drug And Alcohol Rehab
It’s common to have feelings of both elation and uncertainty after going through rehabilitation for addiction. While you may be feeling relieved that you can now live your life without the assistance of substances, it’s important to take care of yourself in other ways as well. Take time to care for your mental, emotional and physical health so that you’re in the best shape possible to maintain your sobriety and reach your full potential at work and in your personal life.
Remember That Recovery is a Process
Recovery is a process, not an event. Recovery is not measured by how long you’ve been sober or how many days you’ve gone without using. Recovery is a journey and it takes time, patience, effort and dedication to reach your goals.
Recovery isn’t linear. You may have some ups and downs along the way but that doesn’t mean that you are failing or backsliding on your goals; it just means that you are human! Everyone experiences setbacks in life at one point or another so don’t beat yourself up about them if they happen to occur during recovery as well!
Recovery isn’t about reaching a destination; rather it’s about learning how to grow into who we were meant to become all along: healthy individuals who make wise choices for themselves every day based on their values rather than external factors such as peer pressure from friends who still use drugs/alcohol regularly or financial concerns such as supporting a family member who has struggled with addiction, in addition, these things being present during treatment too.
Surround Yourself With Healthy People
The second step to a healthy recovery is to surround yourself with the right people. If you’ve already taken care of your physical health, this should be a breeze. Simply get rid of the negative friends and family members who were dragging you down before your treatment, and seek out healthier folks who are going to help you stay on track.
If your drug or alcohol use was causing problems in your relationships—with loved ones, coworkers or strangers—make an effort now to fix those issues. You can do so by apologising for any past transgressions and asking for forgiveness from those whose trust you’ve broken through reckless behaviour. If there are unresolved conflicts between you and others (spouses/partners are common), try talking about them honestly without blaming anyone else for what happened; this will allow both parties to express their feelings without being defensive about them (or being defensive because they don’t want others knowing how hurtful their words were). When possible, try making amends with these people so that everyone involved feels better about moving forward together into brighter days ahead!
Transform Your Home Environment
- Remove alcohol and other drugs from your home.
- Get rid of anything that reminds you of your addiction.
- Get rid of anything that triggers your cravings.
- Avoid toxic relationships.
- Avoid toxic people.
- Avoid negative people
- Avoid judgmental people.
- Avoid critical people.
- Avoid people who are abusive, manipulative and/or controlling (of you or others).
- Avoid jealous individuals; they’re not good for your recovery either—and you don’t want to be around them anyway.
Make Time for Your Interests and Hobbies
The importance of hobbies and interests in recovery cannot be understated. It’s vital to your mental health that you make time for the things you enjoy. If you can think of any activities or endeavours that are important to you, it is well worth your effort to find ways to make time for them. Hobbies and interests may take on new importance in early recovery because they can be a way to re-engage with life as well as an outlet for stress and anxiety.
You might want to get back into your favourite sport or start volunteering at your community centre again. Perhaps there’s someone special who has been waiting patiently for you while you were away: call them up! Maybe there’s an activity at work that was always fun when everyone else did it: ask if anyone wants company this time around! Or maybe just reading a book will bring some joy into your life again—whatever feels right is what’s best for each person in recovery; finding positive ways to reconnect with life will help everyone’s healing process along!
Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
Meditation is a great way to relax, reduce stress, and gain insight into your thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment, noticing what you see around you as well as any sensations that arise in your body. As you meditate, try to be aware of anything happening at the moment—the sound of traffic outside or the sensation of sitting in a chair—rather than letting your mind wander to other subjects. By practising mindfulness techniques regularly (e.g., by doing daily guided meditations), you’ll likely become more aware over time of how often your mind wanders away from what’s happening right now. This can help improve concentration for everyday tasks such as reading or studying for exams.*
Talk about your experience with others who have gone through treatment at some point in their lives; if possible find someone who went through treatment recently so that they’re familiar with all aspects including what happens when leaving rehab facilities.
Ask for Support When Needed
It’s important to have someone you can talk to. You might want to seek professional help from a therapist, counsellor or addiction professional. You may also turn to a friend or family member for support. You could also reach out to an online support group such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). If you decide against regular therapy sessions or are not interested in attending meetings of any kind, you can still connect with others who will understand what you’re going through on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. These platforms can be useful because they allow people who are struggling with substance abuse issues to share their experiences without having face-to-face conversations about it—which can sometimes feel too personal or emotionally draining for some people at first.
Find Healthy Ways to Cope When You’re Feeling Stressed
Exercise, meditation and yoga are all great ways to help you cope with stress. Acupuncture and acupressure can also be effective at reducing anxiety and depression. Try saying no when you’re feeling overwhelmed or ask for help from a friend or family member.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, try practising mindfulness techniques when you’re lying in bed at night so that your mind isn’t whirring around during the wee hours of the morning. Try breathing deeply, practising muscle relaxation exercises such as tensing your muscles and then relaxing them again, or counting backwards from 100 by threes while taking deep breaths between each number group (100-97-94…).
To make sure that your blood sugar level stays stable throughout the day try eating healthy foods like lean meats, fruits and vegetables rather than snacks that contain refined sugars or carbohydrates like white bread which cause spikes in insulin levels and may lead to mood swings later on down the road.
Practice Self-Care Regularly
Self-care is a way to take care of yourself. It is not selfish or a luxury, but instead an essential tool for our health and well-being. Self-care isn’t just something we do when we’re feeling low or bad, it is something that should be practised regularly as part of maintaining wellness.
In the end, recovery is a process of self-discovery. If you are struggling with addiction or alcoholism, you’ve likely spent a lot of time blaming yourself and others for what has happened to your life. The truth is that addiction isn’t something that anyone chooses on purpose—it’s a disease of the brain and body, not an act of defiance. The best way to recover from addiction is by accepting this fact so that you can move forward as quickly as possible towards living your best life.
To do this kind of workaround self-acceptance and self-discovery, you must seek professional support from qualified counsellors or therapists who are trained in helping people deal with these issues in their lives. Not only will they provide valuable insights into how your mind works as an addict (and why), but they’ll also be able to help keep you motivated during therapy sessions so that each week feels rewarding instead of just another day on which nothing was accomplished!
Recovery from Addiction is Possible at Freeman House Recovery
If you are looking for help to recover from your substance use problem in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental Rehabilitation Centre, Freeman House Recovery is the place for you. Freeman House Recovery offers a holistic approach to recovery.
There are many reasons to choose Freeman House Recovery for Rehab in South Africa. We offer an individualised approach to care, a highly skilled and experienced team of addiction specialists, and a serene and tranquil setting that promotes healing and recovery. Our evidence-based treatment methods are proven to be effective in treating addiction and we offer a wide range of services that can address your unique needs. We also provide post-treatment care and support to help you maintain your sobriety after you leave our programme. Contact Freeman House Recovery today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one recover from addiction.