Acclimating to life post-recovery and refamiliarizing yourself with necessary responsibilities can sometimes feel like you’re emerging from a dark cave after hibernation and being hit with daylight you haven’t seen in months.
Getting used to everyday things like managing and budgeting finances, getting a job or perhaps starting a new career can be overwhelming. Sometimes so much so, that people often experience a strong temptation to relapse upon initially returning to society.
That’s why in this article, we’re going to give you a general overview of life after recovery, as well as 10 post-recovery tips for rebuilding your life after recovery.
10. Look at this as an opportunity to begin anew
When you first enter sobriety, you might experience some frustration or devastation that things are not the way they “used to be.” Instead of focusing on rebuilding your life exactly the way it was before, look at this as an opportunity to build the life you always wanted; one that is healthier and happier.
9. Find your personal support network
This often requires making amends with friends or family members you may have hurt or taken advantage of while you were actively struggling with an addiction. Perhaps this means joining a support group, or getting more involved in local organizations that resonate with you.
8. Establish a routine
Establishing a routine in your life will help you be much calmer, more organized and set a strong foundation for feeling good. This can look like a three-step morning routine or a wind-down routine in the evening before going to sleep, or something else entirely different altogether.
7. Set and accomplish goals
This is an effective way of keeping your mindset positive—and forward-focused, and keeping you moving forward in your sobriety. Start with setting small goals that are relatively easy to accomplish so can you build your confidence, and then set bigger goals to challenge yourself.
6. Engage in nutrition and exercise
More and more studies are revealing the crucial importance of nutrition and exercise in our lives. In addition to practicing movement daily, fuel your body with clean proteins (think wild salmon, pasture-raised beef, cage-free eggs), an abundance of fruits and vegetables and minimal intake of processed foods — fast food or those loaded with corn syrup.
5. Fall in love with the little things
Even though your medical detox is over, you are still neurologically detoxing from months or years of relying on substance-based highs for your dopamine and serotonin. You have to remember how to activate organic joy in your life without the assistance of drugs or alcohol, and one of the best ways to do this is to romanticize the little things in life.
4. Choose who you surround yourself with wisely
When you’re adjusting to sobriety, it can feel strange and uncomfortable at first; you might find yourself tempted to gravitate back to familiar (but toxic) people or environments. For the sake of your mental and physical health, refraining from going back to that old crowd is for the better. As hard as it can be to let friends go, if they are unsupportive of your decision to be clean, are they really friends in the first place?
3. Take care of your mental health
Your mental health plays a large role in how you face and maintain your sobriety. There are plenty of ways to take care of your mental heath outside of meeting with a therapist. Several natural ways of keeping up with your mental health can include—journaling, going outside daily, prioritizing good sleep, practicing gratitude daily and keeping your stress levels down with breathwork.
2. Be patient with yourself
Your life is not going to immediately “bounce back” — and that’s normal. It might take time to readjust mentally and physically to sobriety, to get a job, to find a new friend circle, and that’s okay. Be patient with yourself as you adjust, and be gentle with yourself when things are difficult.
1. Reach out for help when you need it
It’s okay if adjusting to sobriety is harder than you imagined; you are, essentially, building a new life. That’s never easy, and it’s not something we expect you to do on your own.
If you or someone you know is struggling to adjust to life after recovery, we’re here to help.
Here at Real Recovery Sober Living, we specialize in offering several different recovery programs to help you stay (or get back on) track.
To speak with one of our intake specialists and learn more about how we can help you maintain sobriety, you can submit a form or give us a call today at 855-363-7325.