3 Self-Care Tips to Maintain Sobriety After Treatment
When you get sober by going to treatment, you’ve made a crucial first step, but it’s important to remember that recovery is a journey. Many people make the mistake of thinking that after treatment is over, the work ends. The reality is that relapse can happen to anyone, which is why you need to take care of yourself after treatment. Here are some self-care tips to help you maintain your sobriety after you finish treatment.
Self-Care Isn’t Selfish
The first thing to understand is that self-care isn’t selfish. Many people in early recovery feel a lot of guilt and remorse for what they’ve done, and they want to make it up to their loved ones. Even the AA Big Book discusses how the person getting sober may focus on others too much, which can lead to relapse. It’s important to remember that your self-care isn’t selfish. By making self-care and your sobriety your top priority, you can avoid relapse and continue being there for the people you care about the most.
While in treatment, you may have felt connected to others for the first time in a long time, or even the first time in your life. Many people who struggle with addiction feel as though nobody understands what they’re going through, and this is why treatment is so helpful. When you’re in treatment, you meet people who are also trying to get clean and stay clean, and these connections can help you stay sober long after treatment. A great habit to get into is to reach out to one to three people from treatment a day just to see how they’re doing. As time goes on, make sure you’re meeting people in 12-step meetings and aftercare because the more support you have, the more likely you are to maintain your sobriety.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Support groups and 12-step meetings are extremely important after treatment, but you also need to be mindful of your mental health. One of the leading causes of relapse is having an untreated mental illness, so make sure you’re following your aftercare plan. This may include continuing to meet with a therapist to learn how to navigate your sobriety, or it might be sessions to manage symptoms of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and trauma. In treatment, you most likely learned various strategies through meditation, yoga, health, and nutrition that helped your mental health, and it’s important to continue these activities after you graduate treatment as well.
Staying sober is a one-day-at-a-time effort, and as long as you focus on various aspects of self-care each day, you can achieve long-term sobriety. Treatment is meant as a place to build a foundation for your recovery, but the real work begins after you leave. So, remember to make self-care a priority, stay connected, and take care of your mental health. And if you had a relapse or know someone who is struggling with an addiction, Enlightened Solutions Detox is here to help, so give us a call at 833-233-7336.