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How To Stay Sober In A Hurricane!

In just minutes Hurricane Mathew will strike South Florida and it has the potential to be absolutely catastrophic. To make matters worse the people I love the most the addicts and alcoholics in recovery could be without power and will have no way of getting to a substance abuse recovery meeting for what could be days. This could making in challenging for them to stay sober.

So here are 5 things you can do to stay sober during a hurricane.

5. Listen to a Recovery Podcast During a Hurricane.

Recovery Insider has many podcasts that you can download to your phone or stream to your mobile devices. Many of these are full meetings recorded for time like this when making it to a meeting is impossible. Now yes this is contingent upon having power so download now.

4. Set up a Recovery Phone tree.stay sober

By setting up a recovery phone you can make a list of 5 people to call to discuss where you are at in your recovery. These 5 people will then call 5 more people and the list goes on. Try to keep the conversations centered on problems and solutions related to recovery. Do Not talk too much about the storm.  These conversations should be all about recovery and will keep you further from a drink.

3. Make a Gratitude list, a Long one.

Hurricane Mathew is about to drop hell upon you. There is no better time to make a list of the things you are grateful for. Now is the time to remind yourself that except for these next few hours your life away from heroin and crack is pretty great! Make sure your gratitude list is long and comprehensive. Just making a list of the people you are grateful for will help fill it out. List everything you love. This will raise your spirits and help you through the hardest parts of the storm.

2. Read The Big Book or other recovery literature.stay sober purring hurricane-matthew

Now is the time to go back to basics. Reading the big book or other recovery literature suck as Drop the Rock or Living sober will help you out just as much as a meeting. After all the big book is actually a meeting in print. Start at the beginning and start reading. You may be surprised at just how much the distraction of reading the book will help. Reading recovery literature will get your mind off the cows flying around out side and back on the most important thing, staying sober.

1. Pray

If you have never done it before now is the time to start. It does not have to be anything specific, just have a conversation with God; she’s the reason you’re in this situation in the first place. Pray for your loved ones to be safe. Pray for your favorite recovery-meeting house to come out of the hurricane unharmed and, most importantly, pray for God to help you stay sober today.

Samuel L. Jackson is a Recovering Addict

Samuel L. Jackson is a Recovering Addict Whorecovering addict lighthouse Recognizes Success Depends on Sobriety

If you walk into a room full of addicts and look past the scars from their years of addiction, you’ll most likely find a lot of talent. Musicians, artists, writers, mathematicians – as a whole the addict crowd tends to be full of people who are really, really good at what they do, more so than the average person. They all share one thing in common, and that is that addiction brought them to their knees and away from their path of success. Any recovering addict will likely have a similar story for you.

Legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson is also a recovering addict. While he has had a ton of success in Hollywood, he also has had a long history of battling drug and alcohol addiction. He recently spoke to the Huffington Post about his journey from addict to A-list actor, and it brings to light the fact that addiction can affect anyone, no matter how successful they seem on the outside.

Jackson’s Addiction Struggle

Jackson, who most recently starred in “Legend of Tarzan”, has been sober since 1991. Before then, he was working hard, and performing in Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, and at the same time battling a severe addiction. In his own words, “I was a f**king drug addict and I was out of my mind a lot of the time, but I had a good reputation.” His talent was obvious, but the only thing holding his back was his addiction.

Jackson his his rock bottom when he came home from a bachelor party and passed out in his house surrounded by drugs and paraphernalia. His then 8-year-old daughter and wife found him, and he entered rehab shortly thereafter. He knew that getting sober would open new doors for him, and his wife encouraged him to do so.

His newfound sobriety did in fact blow open many doors, all of which have led to the success he has today. Being sober allowed him to focus on his own skill set and interacting with the other actors he was working with, and not solely on the audience’s reaction. Not long after he got sober, he landed a leading role opposite Wesley Snipe in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever”, and from there his career continued to blossom.

Florida Treatment and RecoverySobriety Opens Doors to Success

Jackson draws a direct correlation between his sobriety and his success. For most addicts, it’s the same thing, although while in addiction they might wrongfully believe that they must rely on their drug or alcohol use to perform and succeed. As any recovering addict will tell you, it’s a false veil that will eventually lift, and once sobriety is achieved, many more doors will open.

There is no question that getting sober and staying on the right path opens doors that people never could have imagined were possible. The key is to take the first steps necessary to achieve sobriety, and that almost always requires treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, get the help you need as soon as possible, and your life’s possibilities will become wide open.

What Is It Like Going to a Delray Beach Rehab Program?

Delray Beach Rehab Programs and Living The Sober Life in South Florida

A few years ago we wrote about what it’s like getting sober in Delray Beach. Since 2014, many things have stayed the same, but just as many have changed. The sunny days are still around, with non-existent winters, and year-round beach trips. The recovery scene is just as big as it was, if not bigger, and new options are constantly available for treatment. Deciding to come to a Delray Beach rehab for treatment is a good choice because of the positive atmosphere and abundance of recovery-based activities.

Delray Beach Offers Sunshine and Sobriety

While Delray Beach still isn’t a massive tourist destination, it is certainly picking up. Atlantic Avenue, the main strip that leads right up to the beach, is chock full of awesome restaurants to fit any culinary taste. From burgers and pizza to fine upscale dining, it can all be found right in the center of town. For someone fresh out of rehab, this means that there are lots of job opportunities available in one of the many shops or restaurants sprinkled down Atlantic Avenue.

There is an abundance of treatment centers in Delray Beach and the surrounding area, so it is easy to pick one that perfectly suits your needs. Inpatient, outpatient, women’s only, men’s only… you get the idea. As far as aftercare, one of the reasons that Delray truly stands out from the rest is that there are so many IOPs, halfway houses, meetings, therapists, and other wellness-related activities like yoga. There is really something for everyone as far as maintaining sobriety is concerned.

Do Your Research When Choosing a Rehab or Halfway House

With the abundance of treatment centers in Delray Beach also comes people that are looking to take advantage of newly sober people, so it is very important to be vigilant and do your research when choosing a place to live and/or receive treatment.

Unfortunately, not every person has the best intentions, and the worst thing you could do for your recovery is to end up in a bad halfway house where drugs or alcohol are being used, or a treatment center that is just out to make money. This is why it is important to do your research, ask questions, and be cautious about where you end up seeking treatment.

It’s a great move to come to a Delray Beach rehab and get help for addiction, but make sure that you always talk to people who have been to the facilities you plan on attending, ask around about the facilities, and do some background checks of your own.

It’s okay to ask for help and you have the right to feel comfortable where you seek help. You shouldn’t feel bad about having to be thorough when looking for a trusted, reputable center.

Delray Beach Rehab and Recovery

The bottom line is that Delray Beach and the surrounding areas are a wonderful choice for treatment, and there is a reason it is known as the recovery capital of the world. It’s a great environment filled with sunshine, palm trees, and warm ocean air. The beach is accessible and there is plenty of it – with tons of activities to choose from like paddle boarding, surfing, beach volleyball, or even sitting in a quiet spot reading your favorite book. The recovery community is large and welcoming, so it is certain you can find something that suits you perfectly to help you stay sober.

Lighthouse Recovery Institute is located conveniently in Boynton Beach, just a few miles from downtown Delray Beach. At Lighthouse, we believe in providing a safe, structured environment where you can work on the true, underlying causes of your drug and alcohol addiction. We offer medical detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient programs, and sober living so that you can have support during each and every stage of recovery. Call Lighthouse for help today at  1-866-308-2090. 

 

What Does Living a Sober Life Entail?

sober life lighthouse recoveryThe idea of a sober life makes people react in different ways. To some, it may seem like a reprieve, finally, from a drug and alcohol infused lifestyle that brings fear, guilt and shame. To others, it can seem like an oppressive jail sentence. So what does “living a sober life” really mean?

A Sober Life Takes a Lot of Work

To go from an addict’s life to a sober life requires professional treatment and support by friends and family, and an individual commitment. As many say, it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Many people attempt to sober up on their own and find themselves failing over and over, so it is advised that treatment is sought to give you a better chance at achieving sobriety.

The idea of rehab might seem intimidating to lots of people, but the truth is that there are different levels of treatment to accommodate any need, and it is much better to take a hiatus from your day-to-day life to get yourself on the right track than to keep struggling with your addiction alone.

Sober Living Is In Your Handssober life lighthouse recovery institute

Once you complete a treatment track, it is possible to continue living a sober life, but the responsibility now lies in your own hands. Living sober means abstaining from any and all mind-altering substances, including alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs. It is a day-by-day process that requires you to focus on the present rather than getting overwhelmed by the long-term.

Tips to Help You Live A Sober Life

There are a number of things you can do to help you stay sober in recovery. Here are a few tips to guide you:

  • Go to AA or NA meetings
  • Find sober friends
  • Live at a halfway house if you need the extra accountability
  • Take each day as it comes
  • Learn to recognize a relapse
  • Just don’t pick up your drink or drug of choice

 

A sober life is always better than one spent fighting with addiction. You’ll have more clarity, focus, drive – and you’ll slowly start to build your relationships back up to go on living as a productive member of society. The first step is to seek treatment, and once that part is done, make your recovery and sobriety your number one priority, focus on each day as it comes your way, and enjoy your new, sober life to the fullest!

Why I Went to Alcohol Rehab In Florida

Alcohol Rehab in Florida Was My Best Move

Alcohol Rehab in FloridaIn 2013 I made the decision to go to alcohol rehab in Florida. It wasn’t overnight, and it definitely wasn’t easy. It took a few rounds of detox in my home state of Ohio and a lot of coaxing and begging from friends and family to finally get me to agree to go. In the end, I’m grateful I did. I think that decision ultimately saved my life.

Alcohol Addiction Was A Slow Progression

My love affair with alcohol didn’t start out too bad, in fact, I never even saw the threat of alcoholism coming until it was way too late. I enjoyed beers in college and the occasional shot, and that fondness carried into my 20s, translating into happy hours and engagement parties. Sure, I would black out on occasion and be embarrassed about my actions, but didn’t that happen to everyone?

Maybe those moments happened to everyone, but while they were getting fewer and further between for my friends who were settling down, they were becoming more and more frequent for me. Not remembering my weekend nights was normal, and the struggle of getting up and making it through the day on saturday and sunday was only helped by the promise of more drinks at brunch, lunch, or dinner.

A Functioning Alcoholic

alcohol rehab south florida lighthouseFor a number of years, I functioned this way. I was, for all intents and purposes, a functioning alcoholic. I was able to get to work, albeit I was often hung over or even still drunk from my shenanigans the evening before. I was always a good employee – on time, hard working, although I often called in sick because of crippling hangovers. Well, my bubble was burst one Friday morning when I walked into my office and was greeted by the serious faces of my boss and the COO.

As they told me I was being let go, my already turning stomach got even worse and as I walked out of the office with my few belongings I stopped at the bar I normally went to on the way home and proceeded to drink so much that a friend had to come scrape me off the bar and bring me home.

And Then I Ended Up In Alcohol Rehab In South Florida

The next few months were a complete blur. I was probably drunk 95% of the time. Drunk was a way of life. I was tossed into the emergency room a couple of times after passing out in front of friends and finally agreed to go to detox. Well, five days in a detox center didn’t smack enough sense into me – by the second day after I left, I was back to drinking.

About two weeks passed when finally friends and family convinced me I needed major help. I had a moment of clarity and agreed to go to alcohol rehab in florida. I was very hesitant at the idea of being away from my regular life for 42 days, but what had become of my so-called regular life? Who was I? What was I doing?

After my stint in rehab in Florida, I returned to Ohio a new person. I learned so much while I was there and was able to hit a refresh button on my life. I recognized patterns of why I was drinking and realized that I’m just wired differently from other people. I am an alcoholic and will always be one.

I am grateful for each passing day that I’m sober, and I hope that I can give some inspiration to others who may be on a similar path.  

 

The Perks of Living a Sober Life

Living a Sober LifeA Sober Life Is Better

It’s hard to imagine a life without booze, drugs, and all the other substances and things that people end up in rehab for. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest gripes and hesitations of people in rehab is not understanding how they can continue to have fun and have a “life” once these things are gone from our lives. It definitely takes some time, but living a sober life is just as pleasurable – actually more so – than living high or drunk.

One of the worst parts of being a slave to a substance is the lack of control. Once you get your hands on your drug of choice of your drink, the substance is now driving, and is going to determine your actions for the duration of your “run” or bender. How many times have you promised yourself you would control it, but you can never seem to do that? This is because the substance is in control.

Changing Your Habits For Sobriety

Now picture being able to do the same things – go to a concert, the beach, or hang at home, and have an idea of the outcome of your evening. You are now in control, your new sober life allows you that luxury. It certainly takes a while to break the chains of addiction, but with the right program, a little bit of faith, and hard work you will miss your drug or drink less and less each day.

A sober life gives you so many new luxuries, including but not limited to more money, more stability, fewer issues with the law, accountability to your friends, family, and work, pride, less shame, dignity, love, hope, and joy. A life with drugs and alcohol is a life of fear, and a sober life eliminates that. It allows you the chance to have a bright future.Sober Life Lighthouse Recovery

There are a lot of factors that come into play that can help you achieve long-term and healthy sobriety. First of all, it is always important to get into a program that is right for you and allows you time to hit the “reset” button, focus on yourself, and recognize the patterns and problems that are causing you to keep drinking or using. This could range from in-patient rehab to therapy although rehab is strongly suggested because it takes you completely out of your element and many people find that taking this time to focus on yourself is a huge and necessary step to getting on the right path.

Always remember that all we have is today, so staying sober in the moment is all that really matters. This idea stems from the fact that many people feel overwhelmed at the idea of never having a drug or a drink again for their whole lives. That thought can be a lot to think about, so instead it is better to focus on each moment, and be happy for the present and each moment you have sober.

 

Rehab Centers in Florida and Recovery

Why Are There So Many Rehab Centers in Florida?

South Florida, especially Palm Beach County, has long been known as America’s treatment capital of the world. All types of treatment and recovery programs can be found here, including medical detox programs, inpatient rehab centers, sober living environments, and 12 Step meetings.

There are many reasons for the abundance of rehab centers in Florida, some of which include South Florida providing a prime location for treatment, paving way for the standard of treatment, and accumulating a large group of individuals in recovery.

Sunny Location Helps to Alleviate Depressive Episodes

The location is great. After all, sunny skies and clear beaches can lift anyone’s spirits. Seasonal Affective Disorder doesn’t exist down here, and believe it or not, seasons play a huge part in affecting a person’s mood. Episodes of depression could potentially lead to a relapse as addicts and alcoholics tend to “self-medicate” without healthier coping mechanisms. You’ll find a lot of northerners are in South Florida simply just to escape the dark and cold of winter.

Rehab Centers Follow the “Florida Model”

The treatment industry is huge in Florida. In fact, South Florida has its very own model of rehab called, appropriately, the “Florida Model.” As a result, other states recognize this and attempt to mirror the quality by offering the same types of programs and services that are typically provided in Florida.

Florida typically offers separate living quarters from where daytime activities are held so that clients feel like they are living in the real world and not necessarily in an institution.

The best drug rehab centers in Florida provide on-site support and monitoring all throughout inpatient treatment. In addition to this, these leading centers offer individual counseling, group therapy, community events, meetings, and a wide of array of treatment services.

The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Community

There’s no denying that there are plenty of drug rehab centers in Florida. No matter what type of facility you prefer, or what your drug of choice is, you are pretty much guaranteed to find something to suit your needs when seeking inpatient treatment.

As a result, there is a large recovery community of support once you leave treatment. Many people end up staying down in Florida once they complete rehab, and as a result, there are a lot of recovery-based activities and organizations.

There are two sides to a large recovery community. It’s great to have the support and so many people going through exactly what you are going through. The flip side is that with recovery can come relapse. So while recovery is big, it’s important to stay on the right path because if you slip and relapse, the current is strong and ready to suck you right back into addiction.

Treatment centers are left and right. After all, there is such a large community of people in recovery and some may need treatment again one day, especially if they just came to Florida for treatment only to relapse and are looking for a different rehab center to provide a higher level of care.

A large amount of people in recovery and many rehab centers does leave room for many job opportunities for those new in recovery. Many halfway houses require their tenants to have a job within a week or two of living at their house, and clients are forced to get out and re-integrate themselves into the real world.

Lots of employers are knowledgeable about the recovery scene, and may even be in recovery themselves, so it is great for someone fresh out of rehab to have that support.

Lighthouse Is One of the Premiere Rehab Centers in Florida

At Lighthouse, our biggest focus is getting you or your loved one better. Based in Delray Beach, which is a huge recovery hub, we take the essence of South Florida and aim to help people from all walks of life who may be struggling with addiction. Our staff is passionately dedicated to helping addicts heal and become functioning members of society. Many of our staff is in recovery as well, so we speak from the heart, as well as from experience.

Our Team Genuinely Cares About Each Patient

While there are a number of drug rehab centers in South Florida for a variety of different reasons, Lighthouse is focused on the interests of the addict and alcoholic. We truly want to help people take that first step toward a newfound life. At Lighthouse, we get the opportunity to make the difference and change people’s lives.

No Other Rehab Center in South Florida Compares

Though there are many rehab centers in South Florida to choose from, no other compares to Lighthouse. We have been providing treatment to individuals suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism for many years. Our team of professionals is equipped with the knowledge and background to help you each and every step of the way during your journey toward recovery.

Variety of Treatment Programs and Services Offered

Lighthouse understands the importance of providing step-down care, which is why our treatment programs don’t end with medical detoxification and instead extend to dual diagnosis treatment, Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and more. We even extend our addiction treatment services, like relapse prevention, life skills, and family therapy, to further enhance the recovery experience.

When you need a treatment center that provides the highest level of care, you can always depend on Lighthouse. We always go the extra mile to help the individual struggling with addiction because we know, from first-hand experience, how painful the pit of addiction can be. Let us help you get sober and work toward a new life in recovery today. Call Lighthouse now at 1-866-308-2090.

Drug Addiction Is a Family Disease

Drug Addiction Impacts the Entire Family

There’s no way around the fact that drug addiction is a family disease. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it affects more than just the addict alone. It’s often that people hear about what addiction does to the person abusing drugs or alcohol, such as how it affects their body, mind, and life. But how often does anyone really hear about just how much drug addiction impacts the people that are closest to that person?

Addiction is a family disease because it deeply affects all of the people closest to the person with the addiction. For this reason, it is incredibly important for parents, spouses, children, and anyone else who is close to get help and counseling for the addiction, and to be a part of the addict’s recovery treatment.

Understanding Drug Addiction as a Family Disease

Treating drug addiction as the family disease that it is plays a critical role in the recovery of the individual who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. When an individual goes into treatment for drug addiction, they should be able to work on each of the underlying issues that pushed them to initially abuse drugs and alcohol in the first place.

Part of working on the underlying issues of addiction involves taking a look at the family. Did any trauma occur? Is there any tension between the family? How has addiction impacted the family and altered the family dynamic? These are the types of questions that will be discussed with the individual who is receiving treatment as well as the family during family sessions.

Family sessions are offered by the best drug rehab centers. Individuals receiving treatment for drug addiction are typically encouraged to share with their family about their treatment and invite them to a family session where they can work together on any underlying problems that may exist with a team of addiction professionals. Family members are also encouraged to be part of the recovery process and support their loved one – but not enable them.

Getting Involved in Your Loved One’s Addiction Treatment

Most rehabilitation facilities like Lighthouse offer these family programs. These programs are designed to help families cope with the trauma that comes along with addiction. We always encourage family members to be a part of the addicts drug addiction treatment. It is strongly recommended that the family participate on family days in-person or via skype if a personal visit isn’t possible and that they seek their own support system through programs like Al Anon or through a family psychologist.

It is important to be involved in your loved-one’s treatment so that you can keep tabs on their progress and know what issues are coming up while they are in rehab. You will have the opportunity to speak to their counselor individually and as a group with the patient. As difficult as it may be, it is important to listen to what is going on, be patient, and always be supportive of the addict’s progress.

Seeking Your Own Support

You will need to realize that you have a long path of healing and repair in front of you, so use the time that the addict is in treatment as a time to focus on you. Al Anon and Nar Anon meetings are a great way for loved ones of alcoholics and addicts to get support. These programs are similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings except that they cater strictly to the people dealing with loved ones who are alcoholics and addicts.

This may even be a great time for you to begin visiting a therapist as well. They will be able to give you tools to cope with any trauma from the past and anxiety for the future. Remember, the stronger you can make yourself, the stronger you can be for the addict, but you always need to take care of you.

Addiction is a Family Disease But Recovery Can Bring Families Together

When recovery is tackled as a team, it can bring families closer together than they ever were prior to addiction.

While no one wants to go through addiction and everything that goes along with it, if there is any silver lining its that with the right support, intervention, and a caring professional team, families can all walk away from treatment knowing much more about one another, and most importantly how they can all help each other live the best drug and alcohol free lives they can.

Do you have a loved one in need of treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism? Now is the time to advocate for your loved one and get them the help they need to recovery. Call Lighthouse today at 1-866-308-2090.

 

How Yoga Can Help With Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Yoga Is A Great Part of Recovery

Yoga is becoming more and more commonplace at rehab facilities, intensive outpatient (IOP) facilities, and a component of therapy. Yoga studios themselves are beginning to train instructors to teach recovering addicts. The reason behind this is the proven benefit of yoga on recovery and helping people abstain from their drug of choice.

Many principles of yoga go hand in hand with the principles we try to teach the people who come into treatment centers. Mindfulness, presence of mind, awareness – just to name a few. The whole idea of yoga is that it’s a practice that begins on your yoga mat – for an hour or however long you practice – and it then slowly begins to infiltrate into other areas of your life off the mat – in how you treat your body, situations you encounter, how you think about things, and how you choose to live your life.

Yoga Principles Assist With An Addict’s Thought Process

Self-discipline is one of the biggest parts of a solid yoga practice, and an essential piece of staying sober as well. Most drug addicts and alcoholics lack discipline because of the internal turmoil that they suffer. The self-discipline and structure required to maintain a solid yoga practice can help teach them to think about things like consequences and how their behaviors can affect themselves and others. This also includes mindfulness, which is a practice of thinking through your actions.

A steady yoga practice brings you in-tune with your body. It creates more of an awareness of what is going on, how things you eat and drink and do make you feel, and how your mood and how you internalize certain situations can make you feel. A heightened awareness of these things can give you a greater sense of self-worth and self-love. Addicts often lack these qualities and think they deserve to be punching bags, or even worse, to die.

Yoga Can Help Anyone Suffering From Addiction

Yoga teaches love in all forms. Self-love, compassion for others, loving kindness, and the idea that every being in the world is interconnected and our behaviors set off a chain reaction of similar behavior. So, learning this kind of behavior helps addicts treat their bodies like an ally, not an enemy. As far as how they treat others – compassion helps them realize how their actions negatively impact friends, family, and loved ones. There is a concept in yoga called “Ahimsa”, or “non-harming”, which means to be conscious of not harming others in word, deed, or action. Practicing ahimsa consistently would lead an addict away from the selfish behaviors of full-fledged addiction.

As always, treatment for drug addiction is an extensive and comprehensive endeavor. Usually, it isn’t just one thing that will take care of the issue, but multiple factors and lifestyle changes, coupled with professional help. Yoga is a wonderful addition to addiction treatment in any phase – as prevention, treatment, and sobriety maintenance.

Rebuilding from Addiction

Rebuilding After TreatmentRebuilding Addiction

With addiction comes loss. This loss can take shape in many ways – divorce, getting fired, losing custody of children, homelessness, and loss of self-worth, just to name a few. The first step in rebuilding from addiction is getting back on the right track is going to a treatment facility like Lighthouse Recovery Institute where you can detox in a supervised environment, focus on yourself, and learn how to live your life without depending on substances.

Inpatient rehab is a wonderful starting point, but there is still a lot that needs to be done after your stay is complete and you are ready to re-integrate into the real world. Chances are high that a path of destruction was left in your wake prior to rehab. Now is the time to make amends, fix what you can, and move on.

Start in Treatment

As addicts, we tend to have a very short-term way of thinking. Try to use the down time in rehab to start figuring out what your plan is once you are out. Most rehab centers offer assistance with legal matters, for example, so if you are dealing with anything such as a DUI or beyond, make sure the correct person knows and you can begin working on making things right as soon as possible. The same person can also help you to find doctors to follow up with upon leaving treatment, and sober living housing if that is an option for you.

Another important thing to make a firm decision on is where you will live once you leave treatment. If you are in a situation where you need to return to where you lived previously, then meeting with your therapist to discuss coping skills to prevent relapse is a good idea. If you can move, it is strongly suggested to live in a sober living environment to keep building up the strength of your sobriety. A change of scenery is always recommended, because if you go right back to where you were getting drunk or high chances are that you will begin engaging in those behaviors again

Build Your Army

After rehab, it is important to start building up your support system immediately. Speak to loved ones about your boundaries and how they can help you. If AA/NA meetings help you, go to a meeting the day you leave rehab and start building connections and finding a sponsor. The more sober, positive people you have in your life the more protected your sobriety will be. Cut ties with the people you used to drink and drug with, or at least keep them at arm’s length until you have all the tools you need to face them and say no if they offer alcohol or drugs to you.

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Rebuilding After AddictionGet Working!

Many people leave rehab jobless, and it is important to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible. Begin by putting yourself out there as soon as you can. Some rehabs will even let you hop on the computer in a supervised environment and begin job searching before you leave. Polish up your resume, get on job sites like Indeed.com and Careerbuilder.com and start going to local businesses in person to aggressively find work. Even if you are an ex-marketing exec handing their resume in at the local McDonald’s, remember that something is better than nothing, you need to re-start somewhere, and bigger and better jobs will come. With work comes responsibility and accountability, two things that are key in early sobriety to keep you on track.

The weeks and even months right out of rehab are an incredibly humbling time. Embrace it, learn from it and take it as a life lesson not to take things for granted. You have gone months, years, or decades getting through life with the crutch of your drug of choice, and no you are re-entering the world sober. Whatever comes your way, take it on with clear eyes, a calm heart, and the knowledge that you will be in a better place than you ever thought you could be.

 

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