Real Life and Life After Rehab
Real life is a part of life after drug or alcohol rehab. As a recovering drug addict, you’ve probably being working hard to get back to everyday living. Sometimes, you may wonder what you get in return for your frustration. Don’t worry, this feeling is normal. You may face some challenges, but getting through them is what will make your real life worth living in the weeks, months and years following alcohol or drug rehab.
Develop Healthy Routines
Your daily routines may seem boring and tedious at first. But as you get used to them, they will become your best friends. You can rely on them because you know what to expect. Even the little routines give your day a sort of gentle rhythm and security.
You’re going to have ups and downs each day. Some days or weeks will be better than others, but your routines carry you forward. They are the steady bedrock of your day.
Face Your Fantasy World
We all have a fantasy world we’d like to escape to. You wake up to a spotless home each morning. Supper is always made and your children are well-behaved. Your bank account is strong and you have a youthful glow about you every day.
Well, you may hit a few of those once in a while, but probably not all the time. If you spend a lot of time getting caught up in your “if only” fantasy you might have trouble facing the best parts of your actual real life.
You might be sweaty and ache all over, but you get to appreciate the splendor of finishing up a personal project. Maybe you planted a garden patch, fixed a crooked door, or bake a tasty dessert. You have that personal joy for yourself and to share with others. The deep satisfaction that comes from this experience is yours for the taking in real life, and much better than any fantasy in the long run.
Ease Into Real Life Again
You may have been able to juggle a lot before you entered rehab. Don’t fall into that trap now. You can do your multi-tasking later on. Now is the time to establish your foundation. You need to focus on keeping your stress levels manageable. And to do that, you need to keep things realistic and consistent.
Go to support meeting, get rest, eat well, get a little exercise, get a little social time, and go to work (if you work). Do the basics well for a while, and then you can start taking on more challenges.
Getting Back To Real Life After Rehab Treatment
It’s time to get back into real life. You can stay sober and start getting your life back one day at a time. Drug treatment and alcohol rehab are great for starting your sobriety. But at some point, you have to live well on your own. Remember to get some good routines going, beware of your escape fantasies, and take it easy on yourself.