When someone has taken the big step of getting help for substance abuse, they often wonder “what’s next?” It is not unusual for people leaving a rehab center to worry about how they will be able to enjoy life without drugs or alcohol. The world they left behind when they started their journey to recovery has changed beyond recognition. Finding a way to stay happy and motivated to remain sober is a challenge for people after rehab. Here we take a look at some simple steps to take to bring back enjoyment into life and boost your commitment to change.
Everyone is different and so it is natural to expect that recovery is an individual experience. However, there are ways of forming alliances with others in recovery that can serve to boost morale in the fight against addiction. Here are some ideas to help you:
Join a Support Group
Research shows that people are more likely to remain abstinent in recovery if they feel they are supported by those close to them. That said, not everyone has a supportive household to return to after rehab. Others may have distanced themselves completely from friends who previously would enable them to abuse substances. There are several different types of support group you can join, where you can share recovery experiences with others in the same situation. Many important trust-based relationships are formed in support groups which continue to motivate recovery for many years after rehab has been completed.
Many people who have had problems with drug and alcohol abuse become withdrawn from others. This can often be because they fear being misunderstood or judged harshly by loved ones who simply “don’t understand”. Open communication is key to healing any rift between loved ones caused by addiction. Being able to openly admit mistakes and achievements as and when they take place is vital in the fight against substance abuse.
Stay in the Present Moment
Holistic practices such as meditation and yoga enable people to find a way of being in the moment. What this means is that past concerns and future worries are pushed to one side to focus on the now. This is really important for someone recovering from addiction because they need to take each day step-by-step. By concentrating on the moment we’re in we can start to make healthier choices and more considered decisions about our lives.
Get Help for Substance Abuse at Capo Canyon Recovery
Although recovering from substance abuse is not without its challenges, it very often marks the start of positive change. Capo Canyon Recovery has extensive experience of helping people into recovery by devising personalized substance abuse rehab programs. Our addiction treatment center in Laguna Niguel, CA offers a tranquil environment where you can focus on getting better. For more information about personalized recovery treatment programs in Orange County, CA, contact Capo Canyon Recovery at our detox and recovery facility in Southern California today.