You’ve conquered arguably the hardest part of rehab when you finished detox and you’ve learned how to go through life confident with everything taught to you at your treatment facility, but that’s just the beginning.
If you’re someone recently getting out of a treatment program you’ll probably have noticed by now that the battle isn’t quite over. Recovery is a lifetime process and your addiction never truly goes away, you just get better at dealing with it.
It can be tough doing things on your own now and you may feel overwhelmed with thoughts and outside factors, but there are a few things you can do to make recovery a little bit easier.
Here are 2 simple tips for you to keep in mind throughout your recovery journey:
Get enough sleep
Sleep disturbances are extremely common in the early stages of recovery from alcohol dependence and could continue for a couple months even if you’re still sober. Studies show that problems in sleeping patterns can be a major factor in the increase of risk for relapse to alcohol, suggesting that targeting these problems during recovery may support continued sobriety.
It has been known that lack of sleep has many negative effects on the body and brain such as:
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Weakened immune system
Potentially the worst effect of lack of sleep for a recovering addict is the link it has to depression. No one wants to ever feel depressed because we know everything that comes along with it, but people that don’t sleep well have a significantly higher chance of being depressed.
Depression can be a disaster for someone attempting to maintain their sobriety, because depression is often one of the reasons why people begin to abuse drugs or drink alcohol in the first place. Once depressed, people lose most of their energy and passion, become stressed, get anxious, and forget or simply neglect things they should be doing.
Avoid these symptoms and give yourself some help throughout your recovery journey, get 8 hours of sleep a night. It may not be as easy for you to fall asleep as some other people due to insomnia or anxiety, but make sure you’re in bed with plenty of time to sleep. Don’t stay up until midnight and expect to feel great in the morning.
Find new interests
One reason why people relapse after coming home from rehab is due to them returning to their old routines that they had before attending treatment. It is likely that these people have implemented changes in their environment such as avoiding people, places, and things but they probably haven’t actually changed the bulk of their daily activities.
Addiction takes up a large part of your schedule and most of your day could be centered around fulfilling that need so when that addiction is gone, you suddenly have a lot of time on your hands. Idle time can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you use it, so make sure that time goes towards something positive.
If there’s something that you have been wanting to do but have been held back because of your addiction, now is the time to do it. Look at yourself as a new person with the freedom to try new things. Start doing something positive that gets you out of the house and involved in an activity that can benefit you.
A basic benefit to finding new interests is simply that they keep you busy. When you’re out doing something with your time you’ll be focused on that instead of letting your mind control and tempt you.
Just as stated before, these are two simple things that you can easily implement into your new lifestyle right away and begin to see the positive effects. Sleeping 8 hours per night and keeping yourself busy with new interests can make a world of difference and in some cases might even be the deciding factor between maintaining sobriety or relapsing.
Have you decided that it’s time for you to get help for your addiction? If you’re motivated to get started on your path to recovery call us right now at (877) 212-8299 and our treatment specialists will listen to your story and get you into a facility that is perfect for your individual needs.