By Jennifer McDougall
When completing treatment at an inpatient rehab facility there may be a few questions that run through your mind such as where to go from here, and what to do next.
At Passages Malibu we offer a specialized continuing care service to all of our clients transitioning from our inpatient rehab center and returning home. This specialized and unique care helps each individual carry out the tools and therapy methods that helped them while in treatment. Besides Continuing Care, what should you do to stay on track with your sobriety, and carry out the tools you learned from Passages to be best of your ability? Here are five ideas that if followed will be beneficial in your transition and rebuilding your life after rehab.
- Establish Solid Goals
It is extremely important that you set short term and long term goals for yourself. What would you like to achieve this week? What about this month? How about within the next year? Setting goals for yourself not only helps keep you focused on achieving the things you want, but it also helps give your life direction.
Also read: 10 Ways to Set Realistic Goals
- Create Daily and Weekly Action Plans
Keeping a to-do list and an action plan handy is always a good idea and will help you stay on track with your goals and responsibilities. Write down 3-5 things per day and per week that you need to accomplish. Then strategize how you plan on crossing those tasks off your list. Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many things. Keep it simple, but don’t be afraid to push a little hard to get those hard tasks done.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet and Exercise Regiment
Schedule 30 minutes to an hour of exercise three to five times a week, and watch your body transform and your level of health and confidence increase to new levels! Diet and exercise are both vital to your health and wellbeing. You will find that setting aside time every day to focus on fitness and nutrition is very beneficial and rewarding at the same time.
- Avoid Toxic Environments and Interactions
When returning home from rehab it is highly recommended to avoid those friends and environments that you were involved with before entering rehab. This is a fresh start for you. Now that you are healed and have transformed as a result of intensive treatment and therapy it would be best not to return to those same crowds and old spots you used to hang out. Your lifestyle from the moment you entered rehab to the moment you returned home will be completely different, and for the better!
- Keep an Open Mind to New Relationships and Opportunities
It is important to not only focus on the relationship you have with yourself during this time, but it is also important that you focus on building solid relationships with those who are reliable and supportive.
Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center today at (888) 397-0112, or visit our website at www.PassagesMalibu.com.