Completion of an alcohol or drug addiction rehabilitation program offers a foundation for the rewarding, sober life ahead. Recovery truly begins upon graduation, and steps taken during the period of transition into sober living can help prevent relapse and solidify sobriety. Successful aftercare centers on a mindful approach, taking precautions to avoid triggers for use and creating a life of balance, accomplishment and reward. At The Orchid Recovery Center, our aftercare strategies empower women to maintain sober lives enriched with health, wellness and balance. Read all of our client success stories and Orchid testimonials for more information.
Successful Aftercare Strategies for Sobriety
Once a dedicated inpatient rehabilitation program has been completed, these aftercare strategies can help fortify your recovery, prevent post-treatment stress and begin to forge new, healthy avenues for the future.
Because addiction affects the entire person, professional aftercare planning can make a difference in relapse prevention. During inpatient recovery, aftercare specialists can partner with you to assess your home environment and lifestyle, in order to pinpoint potential addiction triggers and create an atmosphere of continued wellness. During the relapse prevention phase of recovery, addiction counselors will also often help you locate local therapists, physicians and 12-step meetings so that you can build a support network for ongoing recovery.
- Learn Mental and Physical Relaxation Techniques
At The Orchid Recovery Center, we incorporate mind and body techniques such as yoga and meditation into our treatment program to serve women well into recovery. Visualization can be a healing force in recovery, calming panic and stress, harnessing energy and providing a detailed picture of attainable goals. Similarly, a combination of meditation and deep breathing can lower stress levels, while bringing the body and mind to a place of peace and perspective. Certain bodily exercises such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi can also prove useful in centering energy and promoting wellness and healing.
- Avoid Alcohol and Drug Triggers
After addiction, many individuals encounter situations, interactions and cues that can trigger the urge to use alcohol or drugs again. Once you have identified potential triggers in the course of your addiction therapy, taking measures to amend your lifestyle accordingly can help prevent relapse.
Taking care of your body and soul is a lifetime journey comprised of daily steps. Choosing healthful foods for your body, reducing stress and releasing endorphins through regular exercise, and rejuvenating the physical self through adequate sleep all contribute to successful recovery. Taking time for hobbies, sports and interests can also help prevent relapse by lowering stress, releasing creative energy and bringing joy into daily life.
No one can make it through life’s challenges alone. Building a support network of positive relationships can help strengthen you in recovery. By building a healthy social network, reaching out to family members and participating in 12-step meetings, you can create a support system that can edify and fortify you during recovery.
- Verbalize Your FeelingsReleasing emotion can be a cathartic way to deal with internal stress during the recovery process. Keep a journal as you recover to release your feelings nonjudgmentally into writing. Find a personal therapist or support group to allow you to release bottled-up feelings and provide perspective as you heal. Sharing your feelings to trusted individuals – or even simply verbalizing them on paper – can promote enduring healing as you pursue relapse-free recovery from addiction.