Sobriety comes with a large set of challenges, and it can be an uphill battle for countless people. Getting clean should be a time of self-celebration, but you can’t allow your vigilance in battling your addiction to slip. Staying sober and avoiding relapse can be just as important and just as difficult, if not more so. You’re not alone in your journey, though; people all over the world have been in your shoes or are now right where you sit. By following some guidelines in your day-to-day life and contacting addiction treatment services if you need to, you can work to avoid relapse and keep hold of your sobriety.
Addiction is a chronic disease that needs to be monitored over time and can be treated in all stages, including after a period of sobriety is first achieved. Transitional treatment with Oceanfront Recovery can help. Our aftercare program is optimized to work with you to maintain your sobriety and continue your addiction treatment in its new phase. The main goal of our aftercare program is to “break the cycle,” which may need more intensive care when chronic relapse is a concern. To break the cycle of your own addiction, contact Oceanfront Recovery to find out if one of our addiction treatment programs, with transitional treatment afterward, is right for you. Call us at (877) 296-7477 or visit us online to complete our secure electronic form.
Tips for Staying Sober
Avoiding relapse can be a daunting prospect for someone first navigating their new sober life. Substance abuse cannot be truly cured, and relapse is always a possibility, but simply remaining cognizant of that fact can help more than you may think. Remembering how common relapse is can help keep you more vigilant in your daily habits and help you stay sober. Other helpful tips in avoiding relapse are:
- Make Sure You Know Your Triggers: Try to avoid them whenever possible. Therapy during treatment can help you determine what triggers are dangerous for you, and steering clear of potentially triggering situations can go a long way.
- Create a Helpful, Uplifting Social Network: Think about the people you’re closest to now. Do they encourage you, or do they encourage your addiction? Your interpersonal network is important to your recovery. This idea may mean making new contacts or letting go of past relationships that were unhealthy for you. This can be hard, but supportive friends will help you in your work to stay sober.
- Get Active: Regular exercise is such good medicine for the body, whether addiction is a factor or not, but it can also help you prevent relapse. Regular exercise can decrease your cravings, give you focus outside of a substance, and help your self-esteem.
- Participate in Aftercare and a Support Group: A treatment program that offers aftercare or a relapse avoidance program can be vital in instilling sober habits and helping you transition to a life where triggers are much more common than in rehab. Treatment professionals can always make that period of time a little less burdensome. After that, it can be helpful to join a support group. These can offer resources to your recovery as well as social support and accountability.
Find Transitional Treatment with Oceanfront Recovery
Aftercare with Oceanfront Recovery in beautiful Laguna Beach offers accountability and structure for your daily schedule, access to continued care with our highly trained staff, extra practice with important life skills, and a place and a team to help you make a solid plan for your next steps. Aftercare treatment can continue for as long as a client may need it. Contact Oceanfront Recovery to plan your aftercare program with our specialists by calling us at (877) 296-7477 or visiting us online.