Maintaining Sobriety After You Leave Addiction Treatment

maintaining sobriety after treatment

In many ways, addiction treatment is just the beginning. Your new life in recovery starts when you leave treatment and re-enter the real world.

How to Maintain Sobriety

It’s important to know that the real world often still presents a lot of challenges that are difficult to overcome. Relapse is more common than a lot of people realize. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 85% of individuals relapse after either getting treatment or working on their own to achieve sobriety. Many people do manage to get through relapse and returning to sobriety, but it takes hard work and determination.

Going through the right treatment program in the first place will help equip you with the skills you need to navigate your life of sobriety (including avoiding relapse and bouncing back if it does happen). At RAD Recovery Residences, we work closely with individuals from all walks of life to help them maintain sobriety.

Here are four tips you can follow that will help you maintain sobriety after treatment, now and long into the future:

1. Don’t Rush Things When Maintaining Sobriety

When you first leave addiction treatment, you may want to rush back into everyday life with gusto. This is admirable, but moving too quickly can quickly lead to a burnout, which can then lead to relapse. Set small goals for yourself, and take each day at a time (keeping a journal will help with this). This is especially crucial when it comes to rebuilding relationships with family and friends. Go as slow as you need to, and don’t force things to happen before they’re ready. Life in recovery is not a race.

On this note, if you do find yourself slipping at any moment, take the steps you need to bounce back and don’t dwell on it. Nobody is perfect, and sometimes we fall when we push ourselves too hard. A slip here or there does not mean that you have failed, and it certainly doesn’t mean that your life in recovery is over. Get back up and keep steadily working on your goals.

2. Practice Healthy Living in All Areas

Reaching sobriety naturally improves your health, so now is the perfect time to adopt a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. You will learn more about this while in treatment, but your recovery period is when you get to really incorporate healthy tactics into everyday life. Make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and get regular exercise. Not only will both help keep you more occupied and not focused on dangerous behavior, but they will also help to steadily repair your body from the damages wrecked by your past drug and alcohol abuse.

According to Harvard Medical School, regular workouts in particular can help keep recovering addicts more focused and decrease their substance use long-term.

3. Take up a New Hobby

One of the biggest things you can do to help maintain your sobriety is to get yourself involved in a new hobby. For some, this is a new sport. Others enjoy making art and even using their works as an expression of their feelings. For others, their hobby of choice may be anything from joining a class to learn new skills to becoming an active volunteer in their local community. Whatever you do, it should be something you enjoy and are interested in. An engaging hobby will give you something to do in your downtime that isn’t related to drug abuse and will help prevent you from thinking about it.

Many people even take up a combination of new activities. If you do this, however, it is important to make sure that you are not pushing yourself too hard to the point of burn out.

4. Follow a Schedule to Maintain Recovery

Drug abuse and addiction often lead to chaos; events are missed, work and other commitments fall to the wayside, and relationships crumble. That is why many people in addiction recovery find it useful to maintain a weekly schedule. Bringing structure back into your life while sober will help you keep commitments and make deadlines. It will also help you plan things with the people you care about and steadily rebuild the relationships you once had. It’s a good idea to schedule a moment each week to check in with yourself and think about areas you can improve on, as well as take some time to admire your progress.

We’re Here to Help With Maintaining Long-Term Sobriety

Our team at RAD Recovery Residences in Southern California is dedicated to providing recovering addicts with a safe place to live after completing treatment. Recovery is a long journey and it’s important in the beginning to surround yourself with like minded individuals. By living in a sober living, you’ll have a supportive environment while you build your new life in recovery. Contact us today to find out about our sober living for men in the San Fernando Valley

Sober Living: Essential to the Recovery Process

Sober living is often thought of as an optional step to take after someone completes drug or alcohol treatment. We’re here to change that narrative at RAD Living Recovery Residences and want to let you know sober living is a crucial component of recovery. Completing inpatient and/or outpatient treatment will help get you sober but isn’t essential when striving to maintain sobriety. RAD Living is a men’s only sober living residence located in Sherman Oaks, California. We hold our clients accountable for honesty, seeking and being employed, socializing in a healthy way, and maintaining high self-esteem. Basically, our goal is to help all of our clients to live a happy, sober life. 

What is Sober Living?

For those who might not know, sober living is a community that is safe and free from drugs and alcohol. This is a sanctuary for people who are making the recovery process from drugs and alcohol. For those who are looking for a stepping stone after leaving an inpatient environment, or for those who simply need help getting back on their feet, sober living can be incredibly beneficial. 

Usually, sober living homes have a set of rules and requirements that people need to follow in order to be there. Our sober living is a three-phase model. This means our clients experience various levels of responsibilities and privileges. Phase one focuses on implementing a routine for our clients. This routine includes (but is not limited to) attending multiple AA/NA/Refuge meetings weekly, securing a sponsor or mentor and actively communicating with them, attending the weekly house meeting, and doing their assigned chores. 

Phase two includes the above mentioned but adds the responsibility of being an accountability partner for a new client if needed. Holding yourself and others accountable for their actions is a crucial part of maintaining sobriety. If we lived in a world where there were no consequences for actions, it’d be complete chaos.

Phase three involves a level of trust in the client and freedom. Their curfew is later than phase one and two, and they’re allowed an overnight pass if allowed by house staff. This means the client can sleep somewhere else for the night. These three phases ensure the safety of our clients and help them acclimate to “the real world” while emphasizing sobriety. 

Benefits of Sober Living

Aside from providing a roof over your head, there are numerous benefits of sober living. 

1: Sober living is structured: Routine and structure are two ways to maintain your sobriety. These things help you feel in control of your life. If you’ve completed inpatient and/or outpatient treatment, you probably became accustomed to the routine. One of the fastest ways to a relapse is leaving treatment with no routine whatsoever. 

2: Sober living holds you accountable: We cannot stress house how important it is to be held accountable for your actions. After we help our clients establish their routine, we hold them accountable for completing it every day. Feeling responsible for getting something done gives our clients a sense of purpose. Most people in recovery are also working on boosting their self-esteem. Being accountable, feeling like you have purpose, and high self-esteem will help keep you sober. 

3: Sober living is also a sober community: Sober living has fellowship and camaraderie. Although our clients may have different personal goals they’d like to work on, everyone shares the common goal of maintaining sobriety. 

RAD Living Recovery Residences Can Help

At RAD Living Recovery Residences, we are a sober living program located in Sherman Oaks, CA. We provide men with a safe place to continue their journey toward long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one is looking for a place to live and work on recovery, we’re here for you. Contact us today!