When you’re new to sobriety, sometimes it can seem as if you aren’t getting anywhere. You might still crave alcohol, be discouraged, depressed, or lonely. If this is the case, you could be at risk for a relapse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance relapse rates are estimated to be between 40 and 60 percent. To prevent a relapse, the advisable action to take is to ask yourself if you have been following your aftercare plan.
Aftercare plans are drawn up to provide continued care when you leave a rehab. If you didn’t go to a rehab, then the recommended actions to take are to find a good therapist, and attend fellowship meetings on a regular basis. Ask your therapist if he or she offers group counselling sessions, too. Group support is the process of giving and receiving non professional, non clinical assistance from individuals with similar conditions or circumstances to achieve long-term recovery.
Attending 12 Step meetings, in addition to regular fellowship meetings, is highly advisable. The steps are well thought out suggestions pertinent to a successful recovery. They are usually closed meetings. You might find them to be a safe environment in which to air your thoughts, feelings and personal experiences as they relate each step. Being in a group can ease feelings of loneliness.
Recovery is a process. Moving forward with your recovery is taking one day at a time. It makes sense to take one day at a time. People have bad days in recovery, and they also have good days. Sometimes two steps are taken forward and one step backwards, but still there is forward motion.
Noone wants to still crave alcohol after they are sober, be depressed, lonely or angry. That’s where, as suggested previously, it is a good idea to go to therapy. Alcoholics and those addicted to drugs can carry a lot of unwanted, and no longer useful behaviors. These can be the cause of difficult feelings like anxiety, depression and anger. In order to move forward, these maladies need to be sorted out and treated. You can take the steps to feel better. Start today.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” —Buddha
Recovery is a process that for many begins in the safety of a rehab environment. Infinity Malibu provides a safe, secure, and private place to begin your infinite change. We offer empirically proven treatment techniques alongside holistic therapies to ensure your body, mind and spirit get the care they need. Do what’s best for you today by calling 888-266-9048.