One of the biggest problems facing those who are striving for long-term sobriety after drug/alcohol treatment is their “plan”. After suffering from the physical, psychological, and societal effects of their drug or alcohol addictions, they must now enter a sober new world. The “plan” would address such issues as housing, family and friends, employment, and life style. We will address some of these issues to help guide those looking for success in their recovery.
After leaving the shelter of their rehab center the first question posed is one of housing. Many in the field of addiction therapy would suggest that one of the safest and most effective choices should be a sober housing environment. In recovery housing, they would find support systems in place for setting goals, availability of 12 step programs, identifying “triggers,” assistance in reconnect with family and friends, assistance in search for employment, and other issues which would be necessary for successful recovery. They would also have a support system in place comprised of other sober individuals who would be most familiar with the obstacles that might be faced.
It is extremely important to make amends with family, friends, and others and to develop a new network of sober individuals. If the family and former friends are part of the problem, they should be avoided and a new support system should be established. Finding a sober network is essential.
Success in long-term recovery is reliant on a continuing program of growth and rebuilding trust. Attending programs such as AA, NA, and others is a great way to continue to be diligent in the recovery process. Being with others who know what it’s all about won’t be hesitant to call out backsliding.
A particular problem after leaving a treatment center is coming down to earth and realizing this is not an easy process. Those suffering from substance abuse have “triggers” that would hasten relapse and must identify them. Some of these might be geographic, family, friends, job pressure, or isolation. To be free of drug/alcohol addiction or abuse, a modified or new lifestyle must be established. New hobbies, volunteer work, sponsorship in AA or NA after the suggested period of sobriety, or new employment or training are very important. Getting away from “self” and being all about giving back is so important.
Substance abuse or addiction treatment centers address many of these issues, but to attain success the process must be ongoing and with what might seem to be a daunting obstacle, a lifetime commitment. Establish goals for tomorrow, next week, next year, and so on. If relapse should occur, get back in the saddle and never give up hope. Success in achieving sobriety is not an easy process, but if one is to succeed the process is available. Guidance at any point is available and the hope of a new, happy life is possible.
For information on sober living and how we can help you with your recovery plan and achieving long term sobriety success, please contact LYFE Recovery 24/7 at 888-590-9691.
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