Anyone who has started AA, NA, or gone to rehab has at least been directed to write a recovery plan. Your addiction recovery plan is your step-by-step outline of what you are going to do to stay sober. This goes far beyond listing and avoiding triggers and people or situations that could lead to relapse. There are a lot of things that need to go into a recovery plan if it is going to work.
Engagement in sobriety
This is a step that a lot of people miss. Introverts don’t want to sit around with other people in a group, and it was probably one of the reasons they rejoiced to be leaving the rehab setting. Some people avoid these resources because they are embarrassed or simply afraid someone will find out they can’t be sober for long.
Whatever the reason behind shutting yourself off, actively participating in your sobriety will help keep you on track. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to big group meetings or embarrass yourself with a therapist. An addiction counselor can give you many of the same benefits as group therapy or 12-step meetings.
Mental health treatment
Part of being engaged with maintaining your sobriety is maintaining mental health treatment. Most drug rehab patients initially became addicts because they were drawn to self-medicate a deeper mental health issue. You’re likely to relieve at least a few CBT sessions while at rehab, but you’re going to need to have many more if you are going to stay sober.
Prioritize your health
Prioritizing your health can be a great way to deter your mind from thinking about going back to drugs and alcohol. When you become truly aware of the damage you have done to your body up to this point, it can be enough to scare you into never ruining your sobriety again. When you take care of your mind and body, you are also less likely to self-medicate with illicit drugs and alcohol.
And, of course, everyone knows they need to have a plan in case they think they are going to relapse. It might be a person or phone number to call, a place to go to ask for help, or other actions that put you in a safer situation until help can come to you.
When you stay with us in our sober living facility, we will help you develop an addiction recovery plan that will take you out of our home and into the great big world, fully prepared to face it head on without dependency.
If you are interested in taking that next step forward, contact us today for more information about our services.