Tips for developing a healthy routine after rehab

Last Updated January 2019

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If you have recently completed treatment for substance abuse and addiction, you might be feeling overwhelmed and afraid of going back into the “real world.” You’re not alone. Trying to acclimate to reality after rehab can be nerve-wracking and frightening.

While you were in rehab, you had access to constant support and guidance. If you felt the urge to use, you could speak to a counselor or therapist who would help you navigate those feelings. Plus, you didn’t have access to drugs or alcohol. But after rehab, you are left to your own devices. You can easily head to a liquor store or call an old dealer. Adding to that, you might be put right back into situations that trigger your substance abuse, and you might be tempted to start using again.

Recovery doesn’t end once you complete rehab. Sobriety is a lifelong journey, and something that you have to constantly work on and put effort into in order to maintain. That’s why it is so important to develop healthy routines when you finish rehab. Not only will changing your old destructive habits and replacing them with new healthier habits make you feel better, it will also help you avoid temptation and the risk of relapse.

How do you go about establishing a healthy routine after rehab? Here are some tips that you can use to navigate your life after treatment so that you can maintain lasting sobriety.

  • Establish a support network

It’s extremely important to establish a support network after rehab. Make sure that you can easily contact a sponsor, counselor, or therapist. If you’re feeling the urge to use, a phone call or a meeting with someone in your support network can put you back on track. Also, keep the lines of communication open with trusted friends and family members. They can help you stay focused, too. 

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  • Change your living situation

If your living situation is not conducive to sobriety, changing it is essential. That might mean finding a new place to live or getting new roommates. If you are unable to attain a healthier living situation immediately after you exit treatment, try to make arrangements at a sober living home.

A sober living home is a safe space where you can reside after treatment. You’ll be able to make connections with people who are going through similar experiences. Many sober living homes also provide additional support and guidance, as they employ counselors and therapists who specialize in addiction. While you are living at a sober living facility, work on securing a permanent residence that won’t take your recovery off track.

  • Change your eating habits

Believe it or not, nutrition is an important part of recovery. By eating healthy foods, you nourish your body, further helping to repair the damage that your substance abuse caused. A well-balanced diet will also make you feel better and fuel your energy levels, further pushing you to maintain your sobriety.

If possible, create meal plans. Stick to foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and try to avoid overindulging in unhealthy items like chips, ice cream, candy, and other foods that are full of refined sugars, fats, and carbohydrates. It’s OK to treat yourself once in a while, but your core diet should consist of healthy foods.

  • Exercise on a regular basis

Work on establishing an exercise routine. Studies have found that regular exercise aids in addiction recovery. Working out helps to boost the production of serotonin and other natural neurotransmitters that make you feel good. It also ups your energy levels, which makes you feel good, too. Plus, exercise can help you get back into shape, and when you start noticing that you are looking better, you’ll feel better. When you feel better, you’ll be even more driven to maintain your sobriety.

Future Restored is a team that connects addiction patients and their families to the right treatment options for them. Start the process by calling (855) 216-9294.