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Staying Clean After Rehabilitation

Moving From Rehab To Typical Life


Achieving sobriety after therapy is quite a feat and the real work of staying sober is just only starting. Creation of novel leisure activities and establishment of targets help maintain abstinence.

In a controlled and supervised rehab centre, it is relatively easier to stay clean and get well.

It offers a safe and conducive environment to heal and recover from addiction.


Graduating from rehab can be very encouraging and light yet it also brings new challenges in maintaining the new found sobriety.


However, people get to learn about the best ways through which they can live a clean lifestyle after rehab even when they face the desires to use the drugs again. This will enable them to stay away from drugs forever.


Coping With Urges After Rehabilitation

The transition of moving from a supported environment back to normality can be a challenging task for an addict who has recovered.

After leaving the rehab it becomes easy for the individual to find himself or herself being put in trigger situations or conditions that can spark the thoughts of reverting back to the previous habits.

Company of old acquaintances, being in the midst of old surroundings, and specific emotions might lure you into reaching out for the substance to which you were earlier addicted to.


In order to prevent and deal with promoters of relapse after rehabilitation, the following can be done:

  • Establish Positive Relationships and Support System
  • Hang out with clean people and your loved ones who are willing to lend you a helping hand in your effort to stay clean.
  • Participate in support groups or have a reliable confidant who will not only police your negative tendencies but also holds you accountable for your actions and commitment.
  • Environment Change
  • You need to change the environment in a way that you don't get the urges to use the drugs again.
  • Don't go near places which make you want to use the addicted substance again.
  • Set Goals For The Future
  • When you have a set of goals for the future, it will become much simpler for you to manage the temptations as and when they arise.
  • It provides you with the focus to hold on to when times get rough and makes it easier for you to keep on track.
  • Religiously Attend Post-Rehab Treatment Schedules
  • Make sure that you continue going for counselling even after you have left the rehab.
  • At times, you might want to miss the appointments or handle your affairs on your own, but staying clean is easier when there are professionals giving you support.
  • Find time each day to express thanks for all the good things happened to you that day.
  • It can be easier to recognise the many things that we can be thankful for when we develop a strong appreciation for the life we have been given.
  • You may keep a list of all things that you are grateful for that you may enjoy from day to day.
  • Change Your Lifestyle For The Better
  • The change of lifestyle can take sometime to fully get the groove of it but it's all worth it in the end.

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Join Clean Activities Rather Than Using Addictive Substances

Giving up old habits and forming new, positive ones are essential to staying clean.

Clean activities can be a lot of fun too and you don't need drugs to enjoy a good time.

If you are wondering whether you should be going back to the rehab or feel a need for some help to stay on a sober path after the rehab, please contact us now on 0800 246 1509 for the help you need.


You can keep yourself mentally busy with these positive activities to stay clean after rehab:

  • Running
  • Meditation
  • Sports
  • Reading
  • Developing a hobby on crafts or art
  • Educate yourself
  • Learn a new language
  • Plant a garden
  • Volunteer.

Seek Outlets That Provide A Community Sense

Seek for the nearest available support organization in your area and take advantage of the services offered. Surround yourselves with these encouraging individuals by joining a support group, attending sessions of counselling and participating in activities, which allow you to meet other people.

Other activities that you can pursue are personal therapy sessions, 12-step community sessions, and other alternative support systems.


The Ability To Be Around Drugs And Alcohol Without Falling Into Old Habits

It may be challenging for a person who has just left rehab to resist the temptation to drink a little when they are in a bar. It is harder for a novice to fight against the urge because they still pretty much have the same lifestyle.

With that said, if you know that you'll be in a situation where people around you might be drinking and some might even offer you one, you can use a time-tested strategy to overcome temptation.

Avoiding Triggers in Social Functions

  • Try not to go alone; instead take someone who's close to you and who doesn't drink.
  • Have in hand a non-alcoholic beverage which will keep your senses occupied.
  • Minimise the time you spend within the party by arriving late or leaving early.
  • In cases where you find the urges to grow stronger, it is best to leave and find a sober place.

Why You Should Get And Stay Sober

Your health improves in more than one ways when you stay clean; your liver and heart start functioning more effectively and you sleep better. Physical health benefits apart, there are many other reasons to stay clean. This include:

  • The company of good friends and family
  • Having new investments
  • Excitement for life and mental clarity which is enhanced
  • More energy to do things
  • Physical and mental improvements
  • Becoming an example and a source of anticipation for others who could be struggling with an addiction

Perhaps saying that bouncing back and getting well from addiction is a very daunting task could be an understatement. The devotion and struggle might be throughout one's life: it is never simple and fast. Achieving sobriety will give you new confidence and you will find that you are now able to take challenges under which you used to buckle before.

Direction is more important than speed when you start your recovery. Keep your focus on the ultimate prize of sobriety no matter what is thrown your way.