Will My Social Life Change After Rehab?
After you leave the comfort of a treatment facility, it will be important to make a plan that will keep you sober and in a positive environment. You will need tof redefine your social group and commit to the process of recovery.
Establishing Your Life in Recovery
The real work of staying sober begins not in rehab, but rather in active recovery — this starts the moment you receive your discharge papers and walk out the door.
When you’re outside of the structure of an inpatient drug or alcohol treatment program, you need to make a fully devoted effort to maintain the sobriety you worked so hard to achieve.
This will take discipline, start with a plan that reinforces your commitment to recovery.
Make a Relapse Prevention Plan
It’s easier to stay sober if you have a well-defined plan in place when you leave the treatment facility. Some things you can do to avoid temptation and that will help prevent relapse include:
- Know your triggers and avoid or manage them
- Establish a strong support network of family, counselors and close friends
- Stay active, physically and socially
- Establish healthy eating habits
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
- Learn how to control your stress level
- Prepare to avoid people in your life who won’t support your sobriety
Recognizing the power of addiction and cravings will help you stay on your toes.
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Redefine Your Social Group
The social circles that you had while using drugs and alcohol will no longer serve your best interests. Not only will these former friends most likely be unsupportive of your sobriety, they may even attempt to sabotage your sobriety. Being sober may make it easier to disengage from this former group of friends because your head is clear, allowing you to recognize dysfunctional and destructive influences.
Sometimes, these friends may have been the only people you had in your life, this may cause some emotional pain and feelings of isolation when you go your separate ways. For this reason, it is key to be proactive and put in place a support network right away.
Don’t associate with old friends that are still using and go to as many meetings as possible. Get a sponsor and work on the plan that you developed and be honest about your recovery. Don’t put yourself in a bad situation and reach out when you need help. You don’t ever have to use again.
Change your phone number, give it exclusively to people you trust to support your sobriety. Develop ties with your family and rekindle neglected friendships with people who will be supportive in your journey to sobriety.
Where To Meet Sober Friends
Isolation and loneliness are both triggers that can possibly lead to relapse, it is crucial to form new relationships with like-minded people.
Some easy places to meet sober friends are:
- 12-Step meetings. These provide opportunities to meet new friends, especially if you go to the same group on a regular basis.
- Sober or dry bars. These bars are not only frequently visited by people “in the program,” but also by people who don’t like to drink or to be around people who do.
- Sober concert, sports or art venues. The Phoenix Multisport Sober Active Community has chapters in across the county, and offers countless outdoor sober activities like fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, marathons, hiking and much more.
- Host your own sober party. Focus the party around something special, a comedian or a game so no one will feel bored. Keep the atmosphere casual and have plenty of food and activities available.
You only need a few sober relationships; people you can trust, hang out with, or grab a coffee. This is a supportive friendship with a commitment to lifelong sobriety.
Start Your Life in Sobriety
The world is filled of good people, many of whom you will meet and share your life with after substance abuse treatment. You will find yourself desiring a fresh start, which includes cutting ties with certain people loose who have negatively influenced your life. You will treasure your sobriety, and the new friends will be a part of that. Call now for help finding the perfect addiction treatment center for you.