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What Is It Like to Live in Recovery?

What Is It Like to Live in Recovery?

A supportive environment is important to recovery

Through intensive rehab, addicts give themselves an opportunity to live a life free of addictive substances and destructive behavior. But living in recovery is a new experience. By sticking with a few important principles, addicts can help themselves adjust and make the most of the opportunities made during rehab.

A Chronic Disease

Addiction never disappears. As with many other chronic diseases, its symptoms can be nearly eliminated if it is managed well. But if an addict neglects his treatment, the disease can come roaring back with even more force than before. Accepting this permanence of addiction is key to succeeding in recovery.

Settle into a Supportive Environment

Live and work among people who support your goal of sober living. Family and old workplaces may or may not fit this description. Some familiar environments may need to be cut out for ones friendly to drug-free living. Taking up residence in a special recovery home may be part of the answer to this need for a supportive environment.

Pursue Aftercare

In the weeks immediately following rehab, recovery is very fragile. Rehab programs offer follow-up aftercare services to help out during this transition back to everyday living. Full participation in these aftercare services can make a difference during this time.

Relapses Happen

It is very common for people to derail their recoveries by returning to drug use. Acknowledging this possibility allows the addict to make contingency plans for quickly recovering from a relapse. Agreeing to call a specific person when trouble comes, who has agreed to help while withholding criticism, can help make relapses shorter and less likely, and reduce the possibility of overdose.

Join a Support Group

Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) has meetings across the country where alcoholics and drug addicts join together to support one another in their continuing recoveries. Other kinds of mutual aid groups are also active in many communities. Active and consistent participation in groups like this help prevent relapse.

Continuous Improvement

Keeping a recovery moving forward helps keep it strong. Ways to improve a recovery can include:

  • Education – Learning as much as possible about addiction and how it works.
  • Improve coping skills – Adopt new tricks for managing difficult situations and keeping relapse at bay.
  • Personal development – Building skills, in either a professional or hobby pursuit, helps keep personal focus looking forward.

Prevent backsliding by always moving forward.

Time Is an Ally

The longer a recovery has been sustained, the less likely a relapse is to occur. After about five years, recovery can be considered stable. Each day without drug use should be counted as a victory that makes relapse less likely.

Getting Started

If you or someone you know is in need of help with recovery, call our 24-hour helpline to learn more about rehab and living sober afterward. The call is toll-free.