Building a Strong Support System in Rehab
One of the most important tenets in drug rehab is that the power of your addiction cannot be broken without a support system of people that you can turn to when you need help. This is crucial for maintaining long-term sobriety. A strong, reliable network of friends, family, and peers can help you rebuild a drug-free life. This article shares how to build this network and how they can help you in your recovery.
Entering Treatment is the First Step
Making the decision to sign into rehab will change everything. It is the most important step toward ending the hold that drugs or alcohol will have on your life. Rehab will change your way of thinking and behaviors as well as help you detoxify your body and cleanse your mind.
Part of this process potentially includes changing where and with whom you hang out and the situations in which you put yourself. Therapy will help you deal with some of the underlying emotional issues that contributed to your drug or alcohol use.
This process is an ongoing one; when you leave rehab, you will likely need long-term follow-up care and support to help you maintain your sobriety. This journey is a long and winding road that will continue for the rest of your life. That is why establishing a strong support system will help you stay clean in the situations you will encounter in the real world.
Outpatient treatment and sober living communities are great ways to continue a healthful mindset long after you have left treatment. An aftercare team of support could include a sober sponsor from Narcotics Anonymous or a therapist. Having a supportive network of friends and family is a crucial part of the recovery process.
Your life while you were abusing alcohol or drugs may have consisted of partying with a group of friends. That social network may not be the best one as you pursue a newly clean and sober life. Groups like NA or Alcoholics Anonymous can link you with more positive influences in settings where the only substance imbibed is coffee. Spending more time with other people that are on their own recovery journey will help you keep perspective when the day is long and the urge to relapse is strong. You will have days like that, but with the right support network in place, you will be less likely to go backward instead of forward.
Joining a church or civic organization may also expose you to activities that give back to the community while surrounding you with good people doing the right things to improve the world.
Staying Sober Long-Term After Drug Rehab
Rehab will teach you many things about yourself and about coping mechanisms to help you handle your daily stresses. From mindfulness and yoga to deep breathing and talking about your feelings, compassionate counselors are standing by as the first support system to help you on the road to recovery.
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