Celebrate Recovery

What to Do After Rehab

So, you have completed your rehabilitation program for a substance addiction, and you’re ready to embrace sobriety out in the big, wide world. Don’t be alarmed if you’re scared at first—or even if you’re still scared months later.

You’ve got a long road ahead of you, but it is incomparably worth all of the effort to enjoy a healthier, clearer and fuller life. If you’ve just finished your rehabilitation program and you’re heading back into the real world, you may be wondering what’s next.

In order to help you succeed and make the most of your newfound sobriety, consider the following suggestions to figure out what to do after rehab.

Establish Your Circle

It won’t take you long to recognize who will be supportive of your journey, and who will be more harmful than helpful. There is no problem with shrinking your social circle when cravings may be high; the right people will remind you of how far you’ve come, and work diligently to keep any potential triggers far from your senses.

Maintain Your Follow-Ups

Even if you feel like you’ve got total control of your temptations, that doesn’t mean you should stop going to follow-ups or meetings. These systems are in place for a reason, and you may regret cancelling them after the fact.

Follow-ups are ideal for all kinds of things, including goal-setting, talking through problems unconnected to substance and strengthening present skills. There is no reason to feel like you’re not progressing just because you are still attending meetings; these are smart toold to keep you on track.

Celebrate

Sobriety is a long journey, and each day should be filled with little achievements and celebrations to keep you focused. Of course, instead of celebrating with drinks or drugs, you’ll be having small celebrations like going for a hike or trying out the bakery down the street.

Surprisingly, there are all kinds of rewarding ways to treat yourself that have nothing to do with substance use. Meet a friend for an art class or plant something you love in your garden—the options are endless to celebrate your ongoing sobriety.

Sober Activities

Sober Activities to Enjoy in the Summer

Sober Activities: The summer season is the perfect time for going to the beach, seeing concerts and socializing at backyard parties. Most people love the warmer season, because it means a more relaxing time with friends and indulging in delicious foods and beverages.

However, the summertime is often linked with heavier alcohol consumption, which can make this time of the year difficult for some people. Individuals who are approaching an alcohol addiction, alcoholics, those trying to quit and those recovering from addiction may struggle to stay clean during the summer, since triggers and temptations seem to increase drastically.

Fortunately, it is not a necessity to drink during the summer, and there are all kinds of ways for individuals to avoid their triggers. To get some ideas for the upcoming warmer months, the following are some ideal sober activities to enjoy in the summer.

Volunteering

One of the most rewarding sober activities to enjoy in the summer, is the act of volunteering. There are all kinds of options to choose from, and lots of organizations that are constantly seeking the help of others.

Do some research ahead of time, and look for volunteer opportunities in some of the fields that interest you. Whether it’s helping out at a veterinary clinic or spending time with seniors, there will be lots of options in your community.

Camping

Head into the great outdoors and begin to hone your appreciation for mother nature. Camping is a perfect way to spend a weekend with friends, away from all of the social media and traffic that often add stress to our days.

Even if you’ve never done it before, consider borrowing some equipment and heading a few miles outside of your town. You’d be amazed what a clear night and a good campfire can do for you.

Try a New Hobby

Get your creative juices flowing and try something you’ve never done before. This might be something relaxing like painting, gardening or yoga, or it might be something more intense like picking up a new sport.

Whatever it is, finding new hobbies is a great way to meet new people, and to avoid the common triggers associated with summer parties and gatherings.

Travel  

Have you ever really taken the time to appreciate the town you live in? If you haven’t, consider spending some time visiting all of the must-see spots, or hiking the trails you’ve never had time for.

If you know your city well, consider traveling further away for a weekend or week-long getaway. You can do a solo trip, or invite along some friends for the ride. Try to go somewhere you’ve never been before, and set up some activities ahead of time so you’ve always got something to do.

Join A League

Sports are some of the best sober activities to enjoy in the summer. Not only will you be working on your fitness and staying healthy, but depending on the sport you can also enjoy the warmer weather by playing outside.

Joining a league will also introduce you to like-minded people, and help you to find new hobbies that are far more beneficial than drinking or using drugs.

If you’re worried about the summertime and your sobriety, there is no need to panic. There are all kinds of sober activities to enjoy in the summer that will keep you focused, while also having fun. Invite some friends along and enjoy the warmer months without a hitch.