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Lifestyle Transition From Addiction to Sobriety

If you are about to start drug rehab, you know a lot of things are going to change.  But it’s about more than just not using drugs.  It’s an entire lifestyle transition.  Here we discuss your top lifestyle transitions you’ll be considering when you go to drug rehab.

Important Relationships and Social Interactions

Your relationships took a bit hit when you were actively addicted.  In fact, you may have some relationships that won’t continue now that you are sober.  You may have alienated family members, been neglectful of your marriage or your kids, and made it hard for new people to get to know you.  To keep your good relationships going or make amends, you’ll need to understand how things have gotten bad.  It will take patience and good communication to make things better.

Your Job After Drug Rehab

Your job may or may not be there after you finish drug rehab.  Or, you may not have had a job for some time.  Regardless of your situation, you’ll need to think about how your drug use affected your ability to have or keep a job.  Do you have guidelines at work for someone recovering from an addiction?  Do you need help getting started on the job hunt?  Depending on your situation, you may need support as you get back into the world of working.

Spending Time When You Are Sober

Think of all the time you spent during your day using drugs, thinking about drugs and your drug friends, recovering from using drugs, and so on.  Now that this activity is gone, you might feel like you have a lot of holes in your schedule.  What will you do when you are bored, tired, irritated, or lonely?  Can you remember some of the hobbies you may have had when you were younger or that you still wish you did now?

Your Relationship With Money

Money often seems to slip through the fingers of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol.  You probably spent a lot on getting your stash on a regular basis.  You may have also found that you had difficulty keeping track of the rest of their money.  You may have also lost track of the due dates for your bills, resulting in various fees and penalties.  To turn things around, you may need to learn about budgeting from scratch and about your bad money habits.

Lifestyle Transition From Addiction To Sobriety

Making transition isn’t easy sometimes.  Going from an addictive lifestyle to a sober one involves a dramatic level of change.  That takes a lot of energy and adjustment, so take it slow and get support.  Just take it one step at a time.

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