Addiction is a powerful disease, and even people who have successfully entered recovery are at risk of relapsing at any time. Many individuals who complete addiction treatment find themselves facing the same personal, professional, and social situations they were in before entering recovery, which can threaten their sobriety.
1. Set Goals
Staying in recovery is easier when you stay busy. Devise a few tangible goals for yourself, and then, start taking the necessary steps for achieving them. Whether you set personal or professional goals, working toward something will give you a sense of purpose and direction.
2. Live in the Present
When you were in the throes of your addiction, you may have done a few things you now regret. Although it’s important to acknowledge your mistakes so you can learn from them, you should not dwell on the past. Living with regret is emotionally draining, and it can wear you down until you’re so vulnerable, you convince yourself that it’s okay to use again. Instead, forgive yourself for past transgressions, and make an active effort to live in the present.
3. Build a Strong Support Group
When it comes to fostering personal relationships following addiction treatment, quality matters more than quantity. Consider creating a support group composed of just a few choice people who genuinely care about your well-being and will serve as pillars of strength when you’re feeling weak. Your support group might include a professional therapist, a sponsor, a few close friends, and your spouse.