Substance Abuse: Staying Alcohol- or Drug-Free After Treatment
Treatment helps you quit alcohol or drugs, but your
recovery doesn't end there. After you're done with
treatment, it's important to focus on quitting for good.
After treatment, you may choose to continue with
counseling or group therapy. These meetings can help
you stay committed to an alcohol- or drug-free lifestyle. It's also important
to be around friends and family who support your recovery.
Slipping back into drinking or drug use after treatment doesn't mean
Relapses are a normal part of the recovery process.
But it's important to get back on the right path as soon as possible. This may
mean getting treatment again.
Here are some ideas to help you stay away from alcohol or
Find things to do. You may be tempted to
drink or use drugs because you have nothing else to do. If you find something
you can do, you may be less likely to go back to alcohol or drugs.
Find a full-time or part-time job you
Do volunteer work or take classes that interest
Join a club, begin exercising, or play sports.
Identify your beliefs. Alcohol or drug abuse
and dependence can cause a spiritual crisis. You may begin to question your own
beliefs and values, including those about your spirituality or faith.
Talk to a family member, friend, or spiritual
Consider spiritual study, prayer, or meditation.
Get help if you need it. Take action if you
find yourself thinking about drinking or doing drugs again or are having
problems with work or relationships.
Join a group that gives you support, such as a spiritual
Spend time with loved ones who support your
Get counseling for mental health
Get marital counseling if needed.
Go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
Spend time with an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics
Anonymous sponsor or others in these programs.
Having friends and family members who drink or use drugs can be a
source of temptation. A counselor can help you find ways to avoid this
temptation, which may include keeping alcohol and drugs out of your house or
spending time with friends who don't drink or use drugs.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.