Recovery is a tedious process that takes time and commitment. Rebuilding your life and making the transition back into society after completing addiction treatment isn’t easy. In fact, you should probably expect to be overwhelmed at first. However, making a plan for your new sober lifestyle will make the transition much easier. Here are some important things you should keep in mind as you make the transition back to an everyday, sober life.
Build and Follow a Regular Routine
Making a routine for yourself is one of the most important aspects of transitioning back to your everyday life after addiction treatment. Waking up in the morning every day with a set of goals already laid out for you— whether it’s work, school, or even something like volunteer work— will greatly reduce your risk of relapsing. Not only will you be able to avoid boredom, but you’ll also be able to keep busy and stay productive.
Try New Things
Following a routine doesn’t mean you have to be complacent in your newfound sobriety. In fact, it’s better to avoid complacency if you can help it. One of the best things you can do for yourself in your new sober lifestyle is to expand your horizons. You could explore a new hobby, join a club, learn how to play an instrument, take a class that interests you, travel to new places, or do something else you’ve never done before. Filling your day with activities that make you happy will help you cope with all the overwhelming changes that are happening at once. Plus, it serves as a welcome distraction from your old habits of substance abuse.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Eating healthy is one of the most important aspects of addiction recovery. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy things like sweets every now and then, but it’s best if you enjoy them in moderation. A balanced diet is such a vital part of addiction recovery because trading one vice for another can be really easy when it comes to our relationship with food. What we put into our bodies has the greatest impact on how we feel both physically and mentally. If you eat nothing but processed sugars and caffeine, you will feel tired and unmotivated most of the time. So, while you may have quit drugs and alcohol, if you’re turning to junk food to ‘fill the void,’ then it’s like there was no point. The best way to maintain a balanced diet in your new sober lifestyle is to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Filling your plate with food rich in nutrients will keep your mind sharp and your body at its best. Additionally, keeping a balanced diet is one of the most effective gateways to building other healthy habits, like regular exercise.
Keep a Positive Mindset
Making the transition to a new, sober lifestyle isn’t going to be easy. If anything, it will probably be really frustrating. There may be times when you might feel like anxiety and stress are getting the better of you, but just remember that it doesn’t undo your progress. Finding ways to relax and stay positive during your transition back to your everyday life will do wonders. This can include meditative activities like taking warm bubble baths, drinking herbal teas, and even breathing exercises. Things like this will help keep you in a positive mindset throughout your journey to lifelong sobriety. Also, remember to keep in contact with those in your support system. Surrounding yourself with loving family and friends will help you
Build a New, Sober Lifestyle with Help from Willow Place
What happens before treatment and what happens after treatment are two completely different lives in the eyes of the recovering addict. The transition into a sober life is more challenging than most people would think. It can be difficult, but planning your approach really makes a world of difference. If you have any questions or need help planning your new sober lifestyle, please contact Willow Place here or review our treatment options here.