Staying clean after rehab is the final and most crucial stage of drug recovery. It’s the stage when the individual can finally live life free from addiction, rebuild relationships with loved ones, practice daily techniques to maintain their sobriety, and build a life based on the principles he/she learned in rehab.
After completing counseling and therapy in an inpatient or outpatient rehab program, the individual is ready to start a new sober life. After-care and follow-up treatment help graduating clients in the transitional phase as they begin new jobs and careers, re-build relationships with family and friends, and take up new hobbies. As the individual finds balance and harmony in their newfound sobriety, he or she must practice new habits in order to stay clean and ensure that relapse never occurs again.
Some ways to help an individual stay sober is by having a nutrition plan, and exercise to promote physical health. Eating right and having a diet of balanced meals will increase energy levels, improve mood and concentration, and make you feel good mentally and physically. Physical exercise also helps reduce cravings, as the body produces its own dopamine through strenuous activity. If vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended by your physician, then that’s also worth consideration. And let’s not forget the rise in confidence and self-esteem that usually comes with healthy eating and exercise – so there is a psychological side to the coin.
Physical exercise also helps to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems that serve as stressors (often the cause of relapse).
Along with nutritious meals and exercise, meditation and yoga is also effective in stabilizing mood, giving the individual spiritual or emotional balance, and reducing depression as a result of positive “self-reflection.” In addition to eating right, exercising, and practicing meditation or yoga, recovered individuals can also continue to attend group or private counseling meetings, make a support group of relatives and friends, and create new hobbies in order to maintain a permanent sober lifestyle.
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Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery