It has often been said that no one sets out to become a drug addict, and it is true that many addicts never saw their addictions coming until it was already too late.

But anyone who has recovered understands that the early days after rehab are critical.

As you move forward in your addiction recovery, you will need the right attitude, the right level of support, and the right program to keep you on track.

6 Things To Do After Rehab

Do the Steps and Work a Program. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have helped millions of people. There’s a reason. When you do the steps, it brings about the psychic change needed to recover from alcohol and drugs. Doing the steps can be challenging if you don’t have a proper support system, a sponsor, or if you stop treating underlying mental health issues. However, the steps are one of the leading ways to get and remain sober and recovered.

Work with Your Sponsor. If you are trying to recover and you don’t have a sponsor, get one. Good sponsorship teaches you how to apply the steps to your life. Your sponsor should have had a spiritual experience and can show you how to apply the teachings of the Big Book to your life. For tips on finding a sponsor, please see our article.

Build a support system. The people you surround yourself with can tear you down, but they can also build you up. As you move forward with your recovery, work on building a new support system, one that can turn the power of peer pressure to your benefit. Find local support groups. If you went away to a residential drug or alcohol treatment center, how you handle the return home matters more than you might think. Now that you are home, finding a local 12-step meeting will be critical.

Avoid old toxic friends. If your old friends are still in active addiction, you should avoid them at all costs. When it comes to growing in recovery, what you do not do can matter as much as what you do.

Find a Transition Program. Learning to use the tools rehab has taught you in the real world is challenging, especially if you’re going back to your old life with the same friends. Often addicts and alcoholics need structure and accountability to help them stay sober as they transition. You adults should join a recovery program or transitional living facility.

Keep treating any underlying mental health challenges. Drug addiction and alcoholism are often signs of self-medication, as addicts seek to treat their undiagnosed mental and physical health challenges. If you are in treatment for these conditions, keep seeing your doctor and treat your health conditions in an appropriate manner.

After a 30 or 90 day program, transitioning back into society is a critical time in your recovery, and the steps you take now can make a huge difference for the rest of your life.

If you need help getting sober, or want a plan for care after treatment, call our admission’s team for help.