Addiction Treatment and AftercareHuman beings are creatures of habit. Our daily routines quickly become normalized, even when they are unhealthy. To make significant changes, it helps greatly to be mindful in setting intentions and practicing those life skills that will increase the chances of achieving and maintaining a life of sobriety. You have completed detox and have stopped drinking alcohol. You are in rehab or have recently completed rehab and are returning to what you’re hoping will be a sense of normal—a new normal. Participating in an aftercare program can help you remember your motivations for sobriety. Most rehab facilities have aftercare programs that include group meetings and sober events and are an important part of successfully maintaining sobriety after discharge.
How to Maintain Sobriety After TreatmentJoin a 12-step program. Even if your rehab treatment did not include one, 12-step programs could be a lifeline for those who want to maintain their post-rehab sobriety. People with a lived experience of addiction help one another achieve and maintain sobriety by walking the steps and supporting others. In group meetings, participants share experiences with complete honesty and support one another without judgment or criticism. Set manageable goals. If you have an actionable and achievable plan each day, you will set yourself up for success. Success breeds success, and the accomplishment you feel when crossing things off your daily list is priceless. Don’t aim too high, too soon. Make sure your daily goals are within your grasp. These might include:
- Walking a mile
- Contacting an old friend you’ve lost touch with
- Organizing a cabinet in your kitchen
- Applying for a job