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Living Life After Drug Addiction Rehab

The common perception is that people who make it through rehab will auto-magically come out to live a healthy, sober life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and for some, many lifestyle changes must be made in order to eventually give up drugs completely and live that happy, healthy & sober lifeā€”but there is life after drug addiction rehab. While rehab may be a difficult process and overcoming the battle of addiction may take longer than you think, life after drug rehab can be invigorating and fun.

Living a healthy lifestyle may not come easy at first but if you build a strong support system, there’s a good chance that you can reduce your risks of relapse ten-fold. When you are in treatment for drug addiction, rehab provides you with all the support that you need. However, once you leave rehab, there’s often a hole where the support once was and this can lead to many dangers. To ward off the risk of relapse and increase you chance of staying sober outside of drug rehab, make sure to build a support system of people who understand your situation and can help.

Your support system may consist of a group such as Narcotics Anonymous or an online forum. You may also look to friends & family members for support (as long as they have compassion for your recovery AND do not use drugs or alcohol).

You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve got a plan when you leave drug addiction rehab. Your counselor or therapist will likely help you devise a set of goals and a long term plan for your recovery. This may include taking up old hobbies or activities that you once loved and have not taken part in for quite some time due to your addiction. Finding a purpose in life and doing things that have a significant meaning to you will help you to feel positive and stay sober.

As time goes on, and you adjust to your new life outside of drug rehab, consider trying something new. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely change your lifestyle, but it can’t hurt to change things up a bit and keep it interesting. Consider trying a new diet made up of fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting back on eating out or taking part in a regular exercise program. All of these positive factors can influence your health and make you feel good.

There is life after drug addiction rehab, you just have to find it! For help getting sober, call 1-800-895-1695 to talk to a counselor.

Resources:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/