When someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction comes home from attending a rehab facility they will have a lot of work to do in order to get themselves ready to live in a way that promotes their sobriety rather than their addiction, the way their life use to do. There are many different logistics that need to be attended to. Top of the list is going to be finding some form of after care continuing therapy treatment. This can be in the form of group therapy and behavioral therapy, though there are many different types of therapies that may benefit someone coming out of residential detox and rehab programs. The next thing that needs attention is taking care of one’s basic needs.

It can be hard for someone after they get back from rehab to be motivated to really care for themselves the way they need to be cared for. In an addiction treatment facility like Discovery Institute of New Jersey all of a patient’s needs are in easy access. Everything is brought together for the patient. But in the outside world the motivation to do even the most basic hygiene upkeep can seem intimidating in the face of every other everyday stressor. Sometimes it is just a matter of life in general feeling so overwhelming that it feels like a luxury to care for oneself properly. Or maybe a person ends up becoming so depressed after coming home from their detox and rehab programs that they let themselves off the hook for taking care of their own basic needs. But when the basics are not taken care of, a person’s body begins to break down, but not only that, a person begins to experience the deepening shame spiral that likely led them to addiction in the beginning. Self care is the only way to replace that addiction, that need to self soothe. Instead of picking up a bottle of wine try doing a facial mask, or painting your nails. Or instead of whisky try going for a run.


Basic Self Care After Addiction Treatment NJ

Discovery InstitutePersonal hygiene is about keeping your body safe by keeping it clean. Good hygiene keeps a body healthy through removing germs and helps reduce the likelihood of disease. Bad hygiene can promote a poor self esteem, and a bad self esteem can induce bad habits surrounding personal hygiene. It is an unfortunate feedback cycle.

When someone is suffering from mental health disorders or addiction it can sometimes cause them to feel hopeless and worthless or maybe they just feel a sincere lack of energy and it may feel like it is hard to take care of themselves through proper hygiene. Getting out of bed can be hard enough when you’re in this place, and getting in the shower can feel like even more of an impossibility. But as you build up your defences in rehab you will be able to come up with strategies around maintaining good hygiene.

As you start life on your own in the real world it is important to bring those strategies with you and remember that good hygiene will help you succeed in sober living.

Hygiene isn’t the only thing that needs attention. Being sure you consume a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water can be the difference between good day and a bad day. Most people make better decisions when their blood sugar is level and they are well hydrated. Exercise is another aspect of a person’s personal wellbeing that must be addressed. Becoming stagnant in a person’s body can cause aching joints and muscles. It can cause a physical feeling of being dragged down. Exercise can offer so much for a person’s wellbeing. Even a short walk everyday can start to increase a person’s energy stores.

This can mean the difference between having the energy to say no to a craving on a bad day. And last but not least is rest. If a person stops sleeping enough their cognitive functions begin to suffer. This causes a person to become less patient, with themselves and with others. The optimal amount of rest for someone is commonly believed to be at least 8 hours of sleep per night for an adult human. However, it is said that after a person sleeps less than six hours they begin to suffer in the same ways they would were they intoxicated. Their brain functions stall, they may begin to lose their short term memory skills and their mood takes a hit as well. Rest can be an enormous factor in feeling fully one’s self and fully healthy.


Finding Treatment at Detox Centers in New Jersey

Taking care of oneself is one of the most important ways to soothe oneself when having a stressful time. It’s one of the most powerful ways to resist relapse and to stay the sober course. If you are newly looking for help for a drug or alcohol addiction and long to learn how to move from self medicating with substance abuse and instead making yourself feel better by genuinely caring for yourself, call Discovery Institute today and get to know the best New Jersey rehab facility.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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