The goal of entering a drug and alcohol treatment program is to achieve sobriety. It’s not a door that someone walks through and can declare themselves “cured” of their addiction problem, nor is there a blood test or way to measure when a client has done enough work that they know they are finally home free and don’t have to worry about ever suffering a relapse. Addiction does not work that way. For the clients we serve, it is a life-long process, whether they are actively using or not.
For this reason, we use our words carefully and talk about being “in recovery” instead of “recovered.” Helping our clients to get and stay sober is a difficult, but tangible and worthwhile goal. We provide our clients with the skills they will need to stay sober, too, once they leave our intensive outpatient program.
Making Sobriety a Way of Life
Giving Up Addiction is Not Enough – Must Put an Effort into Maintaining
For people who have recently completed a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program, understanding that they need to give up their addiction is a given. Most of them remember the pain their addiction has caused to others and themselves and don’t want to repeat the same mistakes.
Over time, the memory of that pain may start to fade if they become bored, angry or frustrated with life after rehab. If life-long sobriety is going to have a chance to become a reality, the person needs to accept that he or she needs to put some effort into maintaining it.
Walking the Sober Journey Every Day
Deciding to be sober day in and day out, no matter what – for life, may be too big of a commitment to make all at once. If the walk is taken in daily compartments, with recovery being the first step, and recommitting each day to staying sober, it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. Sobriety has to become a priority, or it won’t last.
Keeping a recovery journal can help. It’s a private way to monitor one’s personal journey. A person can look back to see the progress he or she has made and use this as a tool during challenging times. Daily journaling can also help relieve stress by releasing and venting through words and poetry.
Use mindfulness meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques regularly to deal with stresses that may create temptations to start using again.
Attend group therapy like 12-step meetings or a sober-living program once you’ve completed rehab. The sober journey is not intended for anyone to walk alone. Fellowship from others who understand and can hold you accountable can be invaluable to life-long sobriety!
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