After completing a rehabilitation program and putting in the challenging, courageous work, the prospect of integrating back into life outside rehab can feel overwhelming. You’ve worked hard to change patterns and choices, so you may wonder how best to maintain your new habits and mindsets, especially in a less-controlled environment. Vertava Health Texas understands these challenges and the tools needed to overcome them.
Old friend circles and familiar patterns may clash with the new normal, and navigating alternate choices can feel daunting. A post-rehab alumni program can set you up for success, providing the necessary support for your newfound commitment to sober living.
Adjusting to Life After Rehab
Part of rehabilitation work involves a better understanding of the how and why of unhealthy habits. Knowing what prompted or triggered those choices better equips a person with ways to safeguard against them. The first six months after rehab will be critical to staying on track with your recovery.
Temptations from your familiar life or peer circle will be hard and uncomfortable to resist. Old habits, places, and peers who joined you may not align with your current path or desired outcomes. Having to communicate your fears and reservations can feel awkward. It’s going to take time to develop new habits and hangouts. But once you create them, they’ll align with your new life and help you stay on your chosen path.
How to Maximize Sober Living
It’s crucial to strategize choices and surroundings and seek out needed support to maximize what you’ve learned in your rehabilitation program.
These considerations can help maximize sober living:
- Support networks through activities, clubs, and healthy lifestyle meet-ups – Align with like-minded peers through a shared hobby or a commitment to positive choices. You’ll be cultivating a positive environment that will shape the person you’re becoming. Supportive networks help us move toward our goals, and relationships with positive people can augment our sense of well-being.
- Continued professional therapy after rehab – Working through any assimilation issues with a trained therapist can help better understand triggers or process life experiences. Outside therapy can help solidify those new skills and healthier habits.
- Exercise as stress relief – Releasing natural endorphins clears the mind, refuels the body, and lifts the spirit. From solo cardio and weight room sessions to outdoor activity with friends, exertion helps reduce anxiety, ease depression, and increase our feeling of contentment in sobriety.
- Seek out sober support groups – After putting in the hard work of rehab, communing with others committed to sober living is a mutually beneficial way to realize your new goals. Shared experience builds community, and learning from those who’ve finished rehabilitation programs helps ease the transition from 24-hour facilities to independence.
The Role of an Alumni Program
A support network peopled by those who’ve been through similar experiences like alumni will grow your relationships. Spending time with others who’ve overcome similar challenges helps build a sense of community. Reaching out and being there for someone else aids everyone’s journey to a healthier lifestyle. From game night to trivia, a 12-step program to coffee and conversation, these common activities dedicated to sober living fend off feelings of isolation and anxiety about doing it alone. Knowing others are there to offer support helps prevent relapse. Stay connected through a solid alumni program.
Enjoy Life After Rehab at Vertava Health – Texas
At Vertava Health Texas, our alumni programs offer ways and means to keep your recovery on track. From trusted counselors to peers cultivated in rehab, we offer a variety of outlets to support you on your path to happiness and fulfillment–the sober way. Call Vertava Health Texas at 844.311.8395 to find out more.