Spending time in a drug rehabilitation center can go a long way towards helping you live clean and sober. Maintaining the same sobriety outside of a treatment center, however, can be challenging. Inside a treatment center, you are surrounded by others struggling with the same things you are as well as professionals who are trained to help. Once you leave, you have to begin the process of building a clean, sober life for yourself. Here are a few everyday coping tips for helping you maintain your sobriety after drug rehabilitation.

Create a Routine and Stick to It
Humans are creatures of habit. Smokers who are used to getting in their car and lighting up a cigarette before starting the car may find themselves feeling like they are forgetting something every time they get in a car when they are trying to quit smoking. They might benefit from keeping a pack of gum in their car and unwrapping a piece of gum to chew rather than lighting a cigarette. One of the benefits of a rehabilitation facility is that it takes you out of your natural habitat and breaks up your routine, which can help you also break bad habits. Ironically, one of the keys to remaining clean and sober is to build new healthy habits and patterns that replace older, unhealthy ones.

Get Support
Surrounding yourself with a healthy network of people is crucial to recovery. Just going to the right places doesn’t always ensure you are really spending time with the right people. Some people that attend recovery meetings might be just going through the motions looking for an excuse or opportunity to relapse and would love to take someone with them. Sobriety is a journey and some people will help propel you forward and some just want to pull you down with them. Choose carefully who you surround yourself with. If you have a hard time finding supportive people, seek out professionals. A quick Google search of “Rehab Near Me” can help you see your options and you can go from there to get the help you need.

Keep Your Schedule Full
Along with establishing routines and building discipline, making sure you don’t have too much free time is important. Any time you feel “at loose ends” is when it can become most tempting to fall back into your old habits and patterns. While there will certainly be a time for a more relaxed, leisurely pace, staying busy after drug rehabilitation can be highly beneficial.

Recovery from drug addiction is a lifelong process that happens one day at a time. Some of the most powerful disciplines will also be the most simple. Small, simple practices, repeated again and again will often help provide the best support there is against relapse.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.