SOBRIETY TAKES A PROCESS
Whether you call it rehab, drug treatment, or drying out, these terms signify a process that leads to the same result, which is sobriety. Even if you find yourself saying, “I’ll never get sober.”
And yet with this process, and with all your effort, you still manage to fall short. Something happened. Perhaps you missed a step or instruction during rehab. Or you didn’t take initiative after rehab to establish a support group. Maybe you didn’t give enough consideration to how fragile your sobriety is once you left rehab, which in turn has put your addiction-free life in peril.
With your latest shortfall toward sobriety, look back to see where you fell off track to better prepare yourself for your next attempt at a drug-free life.
NOT STAYING FOR THE DURATION
Remember back when you first realized you were an addict? Depending on your particular condition and severity, you committed to a certain amount of time in a rehab treatment center, which may have been 30, 60 or 90 days. The importance here is that you stay the entire length of your treatment. Only then will you receive valuable information, therapies and insights into your hoped-for sobriety.
Utilize every moment of every day of your recovery. Listen to your therapist’s advice, and reach out to others in the center with which you can discuss your condition and circumstances. Support can be crucial.
As importantly, if a schedule of events is given to you, stick to it. The goal of rehab is much like other goals; it takes work, dedication and diligence. It also takes desire. Find interest in your rehab and act upon your therapist’s advice to achieve a successful recovery.
A FAILED POST REHABILATATION
What you do and accomplish when you leave rehab is just as important as your accomplishments during rehab. Post-rehabilitation sets a new foundation from which you can enjoy life without alcohol or drugs. However, what if your post-rehabilitation isn’t going as planned?
One instance that can cause a failed post-rehab recovery is the atmosphere the patient chooses after rehab, particularly if the atmosphere contains triggers such as alcohol and drugs, among other substances or factors.
If at a friend or family member’s house, triggers most probably exist there, too. Remember, triggers can cause relapse, with which you have no choice but to start your drug-free efforts again. This is why it’s important to look into sober living facilities.
Instead of bunking at a buddy’s or taking up the family basement, pick a sober living house to stay in until your sobriety strengthens. Double check the house’s record to see how many former addicts have moved on, drug free. Check out the house’s interior, amenities and programs to see if they suit your comfort level. Also consider the other clients inside the facility and ask yourself if you can get along with them for any given amount of time.
Remember that where and how you live within your first few months of being alcohol and drug free, has a direct impact on the lifespan and strength of your sobriety.
NOT CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE
A large part of a successful recovery involves a complete lifestyle change. Yes, this seems daunting and even unfair to the people with whom you once associated. However, such a separation is crucial toward your sobriety, particularly as past relationships can trigger off past behaviors.
Keep in mind that changing your lifestyle also involves staying away from old bars or other destinations where you used to party. For some, a lifestyle change can involve restaurants, certain foods and even music – all things that can also act as potential triggers.
As has been said, you are either working on recovery or you are working on a relapse.
When changing your lifestyle, be honest with yourself. Figure out what potential triggers you have in your life, then detach yourself from those triggers as quickly as possible. Remember, your sobriety is still fragile. Don’t let anything or anyone from your past threaten your alcohol and drug free life.
SOBRIETY, NONETHELESS, WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
Never get sober? We all know sobriety is not something that comes to you. Sobriety entails practice and ongoing dedication. Another aspect of sobriety is it is always available to those who are willing to work for it, especially to a person who has fallen short in their recovery.
For whatever reason you fall short with your recovery, keep in mind that sobriety remains yours for the taking. Commit to sobriety seriously and follow every step suggested by your therapist as well as others. Doing so will ensure the safety of your abstinence and keep you on the path toward an alcohol and drug-free life.
If you or a loved one feels a need to overcome an addiction, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout Southern California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.