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Completing addiction treatment is a significant accomplishment you should be proud of. But it is only the beginning of the journey. When you leave the treatment center and get back into your daily routine, you will have to make changes that support your new sober lifestyle. Having a positive mindset and being prepared for any challenges can make the transition easier.

Knowing the types of changes to expect and being patient with yourself as you adjust to your new life is key to success. Some changes you can expect after treatment include:

  • Lifestyle changes: You will likely have to make significant changes in your daily routine. Learning techniques to avoid triggers and curb cravings is essential. You will also need to participate in healthy activities that support your recovery. This can include regularly attending support groups and therapy sessions.
  • Emotional changes: After treatment, it is common to experience a range of emotions, such as anxiety or fear. It is not always easy to experience these emotions now that you are sober and not relying on a substance to get you through. You will need to learn to cope with your emotions in a healthy way so you can stay strong in sobriety. 
  • Relationship changes: You may have to let go of unhealthy relationships and avoid toxic people who do not support your recovery. This is a time to build healthy relationships with people who support your new lifestyle.

Preparing for Life Changes

There are many ways to prepare for the changes that will support your sober lifestyle: 

  • Develop a strong system of support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and professionals who will encourage and motivate you throughout your recovery journey. You may want to find a sponsor or trusted friend whom you can count on for encouragement when you are struggling. 
  • Attend support groups: Twelve-step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous allow you to connect with others who are going through a similar journey.
  • Create coping strategies: You’ll want to be prepared to handle triggers and cravings so you do not relapse. This may involve developing new coping mechanisms, such as engaging in a creative pursuit, going on a walk, or doing breathing exercises. Over time, you’ll learn to recognize potential triggers in advance and have a plan for how to respond.
  • Create a daily routine: While in treatment, you probably had a set routine to follow each day. Routine helps you keep focused on your recovery and improve your overall health and wellness. You will want to establish a daily routine that includes healthy habits, such as exercise, meditation, and eating a nutritious diet.
  • Find meaningful activities: Boredom is a relapse trigger, so filling your extra time with meaningful activities, such as volunteering or pursuing a hobby, can help to keep you motivated and on track with your recovery.
  • Address underlying issues:  Underlying issues, such as past trauma or a mental health disorder, can come to the surface in recovery. Working with a therapist or other health professional can help you to identify these issues and take steps to address them. 

As you move forward into your new life, remember to keep your expectations realistic and your goals achievable. Remind yourself that recovery is a process, and it takes time. It is normal to have challenges along your journey. Do not forget to be patient with yourself and celebrate each and every milestone along the way, no matter how big or small.

We Can Help Build the Foundation for a Lasting Recovery

If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder, the professional and caring staff at Twin Lakes Recovery Center can help. Our Monroe, Georgia, facility offers a variety of treatments and services for people of all ages. Together, we can help you build a solid foundation for a long-lasting recovery and stay connected to other Twin Lakes alumni for support and encouragement. To find out more about all we have to offer, please contact us today.