Matthew Perry said it best when he announced his return to rehab, “I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery.”
Recovery is not something that happens overnight or even after a full stay in a rehab facility. You must decide to pursue a life of recovery, as temptations arise each and every day. The most successful sober people are those who participate in recovery activities on a regular basis. These recovery activities may include support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, fitness training or other therapeutic activities. Accepting addiction is a disease requiring lifelong treatment — not unlike conditions such as diabetes — is one of the most important facets of your life after rehab. Support groups, and other positive influences and activities, are proven ways to maintain your commitment to sobriety.
There is a wide range of options if you are ready to begin your recovery. Many people start with free or low cost support groups, but then find going to meetings is not enough. If this sounds familiar, you might need to enroll in rehab so you can address all of your recovery-related issues at once. The choice to enter rehab for the first time is certainly a difficult choice to make. When you leave rehab, and return to “normal life,” temptations will threaten your sobriety. You have the choice to re-enter rehab for another stay, or to engage in outpatient types of recovery activities such as support groups, which do not require the time commitment that a full stay in a rehab center does.
Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery might not give you the support you need in early sobriety, but they can provide you with a sense of community after rehab ends. When you enroll in rehab, small group therapy will likely be a part of your treatment. This can be difficult at first, but as you get to know others in recovery, you may come to enjoy the camaraderie. Leaving rehab is a big adjustment, but support group participation can ease your transition to normal life.
What type of support group you choose is up to you. Many individuals find comfort with 12-step programs such as AA or Narcotics Anonymous. If you prefer a science-based approach, alternative support groups such as SMART may work better. When you leave rehab, your facility may assign you an aftercare coordinator who will call and follow up on your progress each month. In between these follow-up calls however, there are plenty of options to keep yourself focused and involved in your recovery.
When you return to your family or job, it can be difficult to find the time to participate in these activities. Support groups are typically found in metropolis areas, making them easy to fit into your schedule. If you found that yoga or music helped you during your stay in rehab, it is important to continue these activities to help you maintain your focus on your recovery. These activities give you a hobby, help you maintain an active schedule and allow you to meet new people who may be positive influences on your life-long pursuit of complete recovery.
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Posted on June 23rd, 2011 in Blog