Getting out of treatment can be uncomfortable at first. You may have trauma or guilt issues. You may even have some bad memories in your home. Whatever the case, you want to do your best to make the home peaceful and happy for yourself to prevent relapse. Here are 7 ways to build a home environment that makes you happy when you leave rehab.
Happiness after treatment depends on your sobriety. Sobriety will help you create healthy relationships and maintain a steady career. You won’t remain sober if you do not fully commit to sobriety. This is all about your mindset. You need to want to do it, and you need to convince yourself that you can do it. This will be the first step in success.
2. Surround yourself with positive people
It can feel lonely when you leave treatment and go back home. Many of the people in treatment probably related to you, your struggles, and your efforts. When you get home, you need to surround yourself with people who offer support similar to that of those in your treatment center. Talk to friends and family about how to best support you on your journey while also being mindful of how much they have had to go through, too.
3. Continue treatment
You cannot walk out of rehab and think you are “cured”. You need to continue treatment. Most people go through the traditional twelve-step program. There are usually a number of free meeting places in your area. Your treatment center should give you options before you leave. Go as often as you feel you need it at first. Them you should continue even when you think you have things under control to maintain the structure and support of the program. You may even get the chance to help someone else on their journey to sobriety. These days, there are also options for people who want to socially distance.
4. Eliminate temptation
It’s impossible to completely eliminate all of the temptation in the real world. However, you can do your best to get rid of the temptations around you in your home. Keep people who use away from you. At the very least, do not allow people to have dangerous substances in your home. However, you need to do more than keep the substances out of your home. You also need to identify your triggers. Triggers are things that make you want to turn to your drug of choice. Triggers can be certain people, places, or things that spark the urges within you. Do your best to reduce triggers around you.
5. Focus on something productive
Idle hands are the devil’s playground. Many addicts fin this old saying especially true. If you allow your mind to wander or get bored, you can find yourself doing things you shouldn’t do to entertain yourself. Don’t allow yourself to get bored by having something to focus on. One of the best ways to occupy your mind is work. Focus on your job. Get a second job is you have the time. You’ll have more money, and you’ll establish yourself as a loyal employee. Even if you don’t work, there are plenty of ways to be productive at home.
6. Keep your home clean
Cleaning can be quite therapeutic, and it can even make you feel clean as a person. Get to work by cleaning your home until it is spotless. You will occupy your mind while also making your home more sanitary and appealing. It will also help you to take pride in your home and yourself. Ideally, this will help you take pride in the other things that come up in your life.
7. Have fun
If you want to be happy in your home, you need to allow yourself to have a little bit of fun. It’s okay to laugh and goof around from time to time. Laugh and eat and play games with the people you love. A home is the memories and the people in it. Now that you’re sober, you can work to create a home where you can express your love and joy.
Ultimately, your sobriety is entirely up to you. You probably won’t have the perfect environment for recovery, but you need to make it work. However, you should still try to follow these tips if you can. Just always be respectful to the other people around you. Call us at 844-639-8371.