Addicts become reliant on their drug(s) of choice, and that reliance is part of the addiction. Even after you’ve gone through rehab, you’re still an addict. The simplest thing could make you turn to drugs again, from being in the wrong place at the wrong time, to having a bad day at work.
That is why it is important to learn again how to live without the drugs. You need to learn how to do things in a whole new way, a way in which you are sober. And, that isn’t always an easy task.
Get Some Support
The first step in making sure that your addiction sticks is to get yourself together a support group. That could be friends and family that are willing to stick by you and help you get through your healing and recovery. It could also be the people you have met at your NA meetings.
Whoever it is that has your back, you need to be able to know that you can count on them. You need to know that they understand that your addiction is an illness, and that it is something you are never truly free of.
Find New Hobbies
You may want to consider taking up some new, and healthy, hobbies, to help keep your mind off of the things that got you into trouble in the first place. Taking up a sport, starting a fitness routine, or just taking a walk everyday can be a good start to a healthier mind and body. Maybe even try something like yoga.
You may also want to pick up a creative hobby that helps your mind focus on something other than drugs and recovery. That could be anything from painting to photography. Do something you enjoy.
Do Things Differently
You may need to learn to do things completely different than you did before rehab. Maybe when you hung out with your friends you were always high. You may need to find some different friends, ones that are clean, and find different places to hang out where there isn’t that temptation.
There are many things in your life that you will have to learn to do differently, simply for the fact that when you did them in the past your were stoned. Now you’ll need to learn what it’s like to do them sober. It may be a challenge, but if you are driven to stay clean you can be successful.
Do whatever you can to keep beating addiction each and every day. If you feel like you are starting to go back down the wrong path, stop and take a minute to evaluate things, talk to your sponsor, or confide in a good friend. You’re not alone.