After Rehab Be Careful About Setting Goals
The months that follow rehab are some of the most intimidating times during recovery. Figuring out what you will do after rehab and how to live a sober life can be challenging at first. You have to be careful about setting goals.
Goals are important: can help you to see the big picture and give you something to strive for. But poorly thought out goals that are too hard to achieve can also make you more likely to relapse. Distant goals and words like “forever” can leave you feeling anxious, so you have to make sure that you are willing to be flexible.
Commit to Your Recovery as You Set Goals
Commit to your recovery as you set goals. Setting and achieving goals after rehab can help you to recover your self-confidence and develop a new sense of self-esteem.
1. Avoid Bad Influences
One of your first goals after drug or alcohol rehabilitation should be to avoid negative influences. Over the course of your addiction, you may have surrounded yourself with that use. Continuing to hang out with these friends will only make it more difficult to stay clean. In the beginning, one of your first goals should be to find new, sober friends. Avoid locations like bars or clubs where the temptation to use is strong. With practice, this goal can set the stage for long-term sobriety.
2. Find Healthier Habits
Now that you are out of rehab and sober, you probably have a lot of time on your hands. Once you are able to start considering what you want out of life, find some hobbies that match your desires. Taking up jogging, learning to meditate, painting or reading more often are all excellent hobbies to take up. In addition to giving you a way to relax, these healthy habits will help you to focus on something other than substance abuse. As your recovery progresses, having a hobby will help you to stay busy and sober.
3. Make a Goal to Attend Counseling Meetings
Some people make a goal to attend 90 meetings in 90 days, while other people go to biweekly counseling sessions. The main thing that you need to look for is a program that works for you. Once you have found a counselor, group support group or meeting that suits your needs, set a goal for going a certain number of times per week. This step is important in helping you to reaffirm your goals and stay clean. Group support groups can also help because you will be able to draw on the support and insight of people who know exactly what you are going through.
4. Develop “Clean” Friends
Staying away from bad influences is not enough when it comes to living a healthy, happy life. It will take a few months, but you should set a goal for finding clean friends to spend time with. This will give you a social network that can support you when you are experiencing the urge to use. With new, sober friends, you will be able to still enjoy your life and have a strong social circle. When you are going through a difficult day, sober friends can help.
5. Work on Your Finances
Many addicts experience financial issues at some point during their addiction. If you have suffered from financial problems in the past, you can set a goal toward paying off your debt. You have an opportunity to get your life back on track. As you do this, remember that everything takes time and work. If you are not able to conquer your goal overnight, do not worry. There is always time to improve yourself later, and it is important to stay relaxed in the present.
6. Focus on Your Sobriety
Every day, you have the opportunity to reaffirm your desire to stay sober. Although you can consider making this a long-term goal, it is often easier to just decide to stay sober every day. Take things one step at a time as you work on getting your life in order. Sobriety can happen first today, then tomorrow and before you know it, you are getting your one month chip.
Take Things Slowly and Set Goals
Sobriety is a journey that and a chance to improve your life. You deserve to find happiness, live cleanly and go after what you want. Take things slowly after rehab and set goals that will work with your long-term sobriety. With time, everything will get easier.