Tips for Staying Sober After Alcohol Treatment
Once you complete treatment at an alcohol treatment center you will be faced with the next challenge—staying sober after alcohol treatment. While you may think it will be easy to stay sober after alcohol treatment, for many, staying sober is a difficult and long road. It’s not that you are still physically addicted, just that when you are faced with the challenge of maintaining sobriety outside of the alcohol treatment center environment it can be difficult to stay on track. Here’s a look at some tips that will make staying sober after alcohol treatment a little bit easier to maintain.
Honest After Alcohol Treatment
If you aren’t honest with yourself then you can’t be honest with anyone—after all, who can you trust if you don’t trust yourself? The most important thing you can do after alcohol treatment is to remain honest with yourself. If you are thinking about using, don’t just mask those feelings, call someone and talk about the struggles you are having. Staying honest and true to yourself and to others about your addiction will help you to remember where you once were and how far you have come since then.
Avoid Triggers When Possible
You won’t always be able to avoid potential triggers that could cause you to drink but in many cases you can. For instance, don’t go to the bar with your friends and expect to just hang out and have a drink. Just one drink leads to another and another. If you were once addicted to alcohol so badly that you had to go into alcohol treatment to recover then it’s not a good idea to drink at all after you finish alcohol treatment—even if it is just one.
Rest and Relax
You can’t let your guard down too much in some situations but when you are at home and in a situation where there’s really nothing triggering you to potentially drink, rest and relax. In alcohol treatment you are given ample opportunity to rest, relax and to reflect on your current situation and the things you have learned. Employing these same routines outside of alcohol treatment will help you to stay sober.
Keep End Goals in Mind
When you started alcohol treatment the common goal was probably just to stop drinking. Then you set small goals that will help you to work toward a larger overall goal such as stay sober for 90 days and rebuild my relationship with my child or spouse. Even after alcohol treatment it’s important that you continue to work toward your goals and continue to set goals as you go. You should have already developed a list of goals that you would like to accomplish when you were working with your counselor in alcohol treatment, now that you are out of treatment keep working toward those same goals and also toward new ones. If you fall off track, do the best you can to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward with your recovery.