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Five Ways to Create Sober Routines in Recovery

Five Ways to Create Sober Routines in Recovery

Staying involved in aftercare treatment through a support group, individual therapy or other form of treatment is an excellent way to ensure that you stay on the right track in recovery

During rehab you are surrounded by therapists, staff, and others that are there to support you but when you leave treatment that support system disappears. Losing the structure of the rehab facility can be jarring at first, but by using what you have learned you can stay sober and continue to grow in your opium recovery. One of the keys to maintaining your sobriety is establishing structure and stability in your life, and creating routines and habits that help you strengthen your sobriety is a great way to achieve that. Below you will find a few things you can do to create sober routines, but there are many more so try new things until you find what is right for you.

Make Aftercare Treatment a Habit

After being out of rehab for a while it is easy to become complacent and even take little-noticed steps backward in your recovery. If you do not use the fundamentals you learned during rehab such as coping techniques or making positive changes in your life you can easily slide back into opium abuse and addiction. Staying involved in aftercare treatment through a support group, individual therapy or other form of treatment is an excellent way to ensure that you stay on the right track in recovery. In aftercare you can go over material learned during rehab that you have forgotten and can also learn new things that will help you keep improving. Staying involved keeps recovery fresh on your mind at all times so you can avoid some of the pitfalls that trip up recovering addicts.

Take Time to De-Stress

Stress is one of the main factors that leads to relapse, so keeping your stress under control during recovery is essential. Turning to opium is a poor way to cope with stress and it creates additional problems but you can find healthy ways to deal with stress that will make you feel better. Good stress relieving activities should require focus and require you to exert some kind of energy, either physical or mental. There are many good ways to de-stress; for one person unwinding may involve painting or reading a good book but for another it may mean running or playing an instrument.

Try New Things

Boredom is often listed as a main contributor to drug abuse, so staying occupied is especially important when you are recovery. You do not have to be engaged all the time but the more free time you have the easier it is for thoughts of relapse to return. Make an effort to get out of the house and try new things. Join a group in the community, volunteer, try new hobbies; trying new things exposes you to exciting ideas and introduces you to new friends. Doing something new will help you create the necessary changes after rehab such as making better choices and surrounding yourself with positive influences.

Keep a Journal

Recovery can feel like a rollercoaster at times even if you have been sober for years. Keeping a journal gives you a blank page where you can write openly about whatever is on your mind. Writing your thoughts down may seem foreign at first but soon it will get easier and it becomes more rewarding in time. Writing relieves stress, helps you gain insight into your life and what is important to you. Writing can also give you something to look back at so you can track your recovery progress.

Help Others Get Sober

It takes everything you have to kick an addiction, and no one is in a better position than you to talk about how much better life is when you are sober. Addicts often tune others out because they believe no one else can understand what they are going through but a former addict can have a huge impact. Sharing your story can lead others to get help for addiction and will make you stronger in your recovery. Become a sponsor for a recovering addict, volunteer for an addiction prevention group or find other ways to share your story of recovery.

Can I Quit Opium?

No matter why you feel like you cannot stay sober, you have the power to live a happy, drug-free life. With therapy and other services provided during rehab you will learn to cope with stress without turning to opium. Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained addiction specialist about what happens during rehab and he will be happy to answer any questions you have. Ask about your health insurance policy when you call to find out if it will pay for all or part of your treatment. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call, so give us a call now.