Getting sober is difficult, but making a fresh start after battling drug addiction is even more difficult. Mentally and emotionally preparing to step back into work or school can be a daunting task. After all, you can’t pretend that everything you experienced during addiction, detox and recovery just didn’t happen. Resuming your routine after addiction is a transition that requires a level of discipline and self-awareness that most people don’t have to exercise. If you are just stepping back into your life after drug addiction recovery, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of staying sober as you move forward.
Take Baby Steps
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is assuming that you’re ready to take on the world now that you’re sober. Life after drug addiction isn’t that simple. Even if you feel ready for anything, don’t be tempted to take on more than you can handle. The pace of your everyday life is going to be strikingly different now that you’re sober. Taking the time to readjust is one of the best things you can do to get back into your routine.
Rebuild Relationships Where You Can
Drug addiction does damage to more than just your health. It disrupts the bonds you share with other people. Chances are, someone close to you suffered some emotional hardship while watching you suffer through physical and mental illness during addiction. Your loved ones are, of course, going to be overjoyed that you achieved sobriety. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that their hardship is over. Part of the recovery process is making amends with people you’ve harmed. So, once you get on with life after drug addiction, be sure to make things right with your loved ones.
Block Out the Bad Influences
Addiction recovery is a unique situation where you learn just who your real friends are. While you rebuild your life after drug addiction, it’s just as important to cut out bad influences as it is to retain good ones. Spending time with any of the people you used to do drugs with is highly advised against. Even if they support your sobriety, just being around them could be enough to trigger cravings and a potential relapse. Moving on might be painful at first, but that’s the worst of it. Your sobriety is more important than maintaining friendships that revolve around something that’s detrimental to your health.
Expand Your Horizons
You never really realize just how much of your time was wasted on drugs until you get sober. When you were an addict, everything from your thoughts to your actions revolved around getting high. So, what will you do with all the time you’ve earned back? One of the best things you can do during recovery is to engage in something new, constructive, fun. Many recovering addicts go on to find a new hobby, further their education, participate in volunteer work, or find ways to advance their career. Doing anything along these lines is sure to push your new life in a positive direction.
Make Healthy Changes
Being sober doesn’t always mean you’re now completely healthy. The drugs may be out of your system, but some lingering toxins might not be. You can be healthy in recovery by making healthy changes in your day-to-day life. For example, getting exercise at least semi-regularly can improve your energy levels and boost your self-confidence, putting you in a positive mindset for other activities. Cutting out junk food from your diet make a world of difference, too. By limiting your intake of sugar and replacing unhealthy fats with fruit, veggies, fish and lean meats, your system can flush out any remaining toxins and reduce cravings for foods that are bad for you. Getting used to and seeing the results of these kinds of lifestyle changes won’t happen overnight, but in time, your energy, mood, appearance, immunity and overall health will improve drastically. You’ll have a new life and a new body, too.
Set New Goals for Yourself
Setting new goals for yourself during post-detox recovery goes beyond getting more exercise or starting a new hobby. Recovery is a very introspective process, and so when you set out to rebuild your life after addiction, you may start to truly figure out just what your life goals are. Since you’re already on a path to expand your horizons and make positive changes, your ultimate goals will make themselves known to you. That’s when everything starts falling into place. The future is a blank slate, and that can be scary at times. By gaining clarity on just what it is you to want to be, do and have, you can set goals for yourself and meet them as you continue to live a healthy, sober life.
Preparing for Life After Drug Addiction at Discovery Institute
At Discovery Institute, our ultimate goal is to prepare you for your ultimate goals. Our programs and services ensure that you can attain sobriety and carry on to live an addiction-free life. For more information about our facility or the admissions process, please call 888-616-7177.