After Alcohol Treatment

After alcohol treatmentCongratulations! You’ve just completed an outpatient alcohol treatment program or an inpatient alcohol rehab and now you’re ready to really jump-start your life in recovery. You’ll need a few things to do that successfully and make sure you don’t stumble over the road blocks that will come up in the course of everyday life. Here are a few tips to get you started in your new life without alcohol addiction.

Find Support After Alcohol Treatment

Your support system is the only thing standing between you and the temptation to drink. No matter how badly you want to stay sober, there will be events and emotions that will make sticking to those goals difficult. Local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are a great, free way to find other like-minded people who are also in need of support. Together you can focus on what’s important – staying sober – as you learn how to stay honest with yourself and those who want what’s best for you. A personal therapist can give you more objective advice and guidance, and holistic services like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, acupressure, bodywork and massage can help you find your personal strength and power.

Avoid Triggers After Alcohol Treatment

Triggers describe anything and anyone who makes you feel like drinking is the only answer. Often, stressful day-to-day events (a fight with a boyfriend or girlfriend, issues with a controlling boss, a bad grade at school, run-ins with bill collectors, etc.) can make an alcoholic want to drink. If you know that talking to your mother every day is a trigger for you, don’t do it. If going out to eat at a nice restaurant makes you want a glass of wine, eat dinner elsewhere. If dating stresses you out or you feel like you have to drink to be in a relationship, stay single. Removing yourself from difficult situations will go a long way toward helping you stay strong in your recovery.

Take the Future Day by Day After Alcohol Treatment

There are a number of post-alcohol treatment services that can help you stay on target and avoid relapse: an outpatient program, group therapy sessions, 12-step meetings, sober living homes, personal therapy, yoga classes and meditation can all be helpful on your path to long-term recovery. If you need assistance finding the right aftercare service for you and you have already successfully completed an alcohol addiction treatment program, contact us today. We can help.