If you've recently left an alcohol rehab program, you know that the recovery process doesn't end once you walk out into the real world. The choices you make after leaving rehab will determine how successful you are in your attempt to get your life turned around, and keep it turned around. The last thing you want is to let a relapse turn your life upside down again. Luckily, that doesn't need to happen. You can enjoy a successful recovery by sticking to the program, and taking time for yourself. Here are four simple steps you can take to ensure a successful transition from rehab.
Continue the Recovery Process
Now that you're out of rehab, the hard work begins. That's the work of keeping your recovery process going full-steam ahead, without any detours. One way to do that is to continue the with the progress you've already made. During rehab, you were required to attend regularly-scheduled meetings. Now that you're out, you'll need to continue attending those meetings. Your weekly meetings will help keep you on the right path. It's also important that you maintain communication with your sponsor, and with the other members of your recovery team. They'll be your first line of defense if you feel yourself slipping back into old habits.
Find Time to Clear Your Mind
It can be difficult to find time for yourself once you leave rehab, especially if you head back to work and other responsibilities. Now that you're out, it's important that you find time to meditate. Meditation helps clear your mind so you can focus on the recovery process. Spending some time in meditation each day can also help prevent feelings of anxiety and depression that can often accompany recovery from alcohol and drug dependency.
Change Your Diet
You might not realize this, but eating healthy is an important part of the recovery from alcohol dependency. You need plenty of healthy food to keep your mind and your body functioning properly. Unfortunately, addictions to alcohol and drugs often deplete the body of vital nutrients. Not only that, but while you were abusing those substances, you might not have been eating properly. Ridding your diet of unhealthy choices includes putting aside the unhealthy foods you were eating.
When you went into rehab, you were cut off from the temptations that made it easy to abuse alcohol and drugs. Now that you're out, you'll need to continue avoiding those temptations. That includes avoiding places that you used to hang out, and people that you used to associate with, especially those who participated in your addictions with you. Surrounding yourself with people who share in your desire to overcome your addictions will help you remain on the road to recovery.