Adjusting to a Drug-free Life

Adjusting to a Drug-free LifeWhile in a drug rehab facility a person recovers in a structured, supportive and temptation-free environment. Leaving a drug rehab program and returning to the “real world” can be a bittersweet feeling. A recovering addict’s emotions can flip-flop due to the change of environment. While in rehab patients may feel powerful and confident in their recovery, but the thought of returning home may strike them with fear and insecurity. Life after rehab will involve an adjustment period.

Challenges to Adjusting to a Drug-Free Life

An individual must focus on putting his or her life back together while avoiding future temptation and old habits. Staying clean is hard enough without the addition of pressures and stressors of everyday life. In addition to staying clean a recovering addict may have to deal with the following:

  • Relationships that have been damaged due to drug abuse
  • Finding a new job
  • Lingering financial burden and bills
  • Finding new friends, hobbies or hangouts that do not involve drug activity
  • Creating a new drug-free life and identity

While adjusting to a drug-free life may seem overwhelming, a person can get help through aftercare programs, support groups, counseling and many other resources.

Tips on Adjusting to a Drug-free Life after Rehabilitation

The following are suggestions for easing the transition into a drug-free life:

  • Create a blueprint. Have a plan of what your life is going to be like post-rehab. Make lists of important things you would like to include in your life or accomplish. Set obtainable sobriety goals. Create a feasible schedule for all activities, jobs, hobbies and responsibilities that need attention, and make sure the schedule is doable. Following a plan can keep sobriety on track.
  • Stay active. Regular exercise creates a platform for a healthy lifestyle. It improves the overall wellness of the body and mind and gives a person a sense of wellbeing when endorphins are released. Find an exercise regimen that works for you.
  • Stay healthy. Eating well and receiving proper nutrition keeps the body functioning at optimum levels and can reduce cravings for drug use.
  • Stay busy. Spend time doing activities, hobbies and things that you enjoy. The natural emotions and joys of life should be experienced without the use of drugs. Engage with people and in interests that make you happy.
  • Communicate. Be open and be social. Share your feelings and experiences with others, and talk about what is going on in your life. Do not be ashamed of your past. Be proud of your accomplishments.

How to Avoid Temptation and Future Drug Relapse

Addiction recovery is a lifelong process. Staying clean requires hard work and dedication, but the benefits of a drug-free life are innumerable. There will be many temptations to return to drugs that a person must learn to avoid or deal with. The best way to achieve long-term sobriety is by continuing with treatment. Aftercare programs, support groups, continued counseling and therapy can provide individuals with the encouragement, support and guidance they need to stay on track. A recovering addict must also leave behind old friends, hangouts and hobbies that involved drug use. This step can be hard for many, but it is unavoidable. Lastly, a person must avoid self-isolation. Loneliness is one of the biggest contributing factors to drug abuse and relapse. A human being simply needs relationships, companionship and support from others. This is essential for living a drug-free life.

Need Help Staying Drug-Free?

To learn more about life after rehab, please call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available to help with your recovery 24 hours a day. No matter where you are in addiction or recovery, we can help. You find and maintain a drug-free life.