Now that you have completed your treatment plan at Granite Recovery, it is time to move forward with your new life. Support from your friends and family will be an essential element in your recovery. Also, you can put together a drug relapse prevention plan so that you know precisely how to stay sober and manage your triggers.
Let’s look at some elements of a drug relapse prevention plan that will help you stay on the path to recovery. These essential elements will help your resolve to stay sober that much stronger.
1. Establish Your “No Fly Zones”
The fastest way to relapse is to put yourself in an environment that will trigger your alcohol addiction. You should know exactly what that environment feels like the moment you enter it. These places are “no-fly zones.” For instance, an obvious place for you not to go would be a club or a bar.
However, you may also want to stay away from other locations or events where alcohol is present. If you are in a situation where you know there will be alcohol – such as a wedding or family event – then have a plan in place where someone can keep you accountable.
2. Build and Maintain and Support Network
When you clean, you need the support of people around you who will rally behind you, keep you accountable, and even confront you, if necessary. Get proactive and handpick your support. This may include:
- Family members
- Close friends and coworkers
- A mentor or life coach
- Your therapist
- Your 12-step group
- A spiritual guide
Your support system should consist of people who are genuinely interested in your sobriety and can handle being there for you when you need them.
3. Attend Your Meetings
A weekly AA or support group meeting is a powerful reminder of how far you have come and how far you still have to go. You can draw from other people who are also on the same path as you. You also provide encouragement and insight for others who are still struggling with alcoholism.
Several support groups meet in the Salem, New Hampshire area. Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer different opportunities for you to get connected. Also, you can download various apps to keep you updated on when and where various groups are meeting.
4. Fill the Void with Meaningful Activities, People, and Places
One of the things that you learn during your therapy and group sessions is to replace negativity with positivity. There are several ways to do this, such as:
- Spend time with positive people who have a good influence on you
- Start a hobby and do something that you are naturally interested in
- Get involved in a local charity or non-profit and volunteer your time and energy
- Be careful what you subject your mind to
- Stay physically fit – exercise often and get out of the house, like with an adventure therapy program.
Learn How to Stay Sober at Granite Recovery
If you are ready to take the next step to your recovery, then contact Granite Recovery. We offer comprehensive treatment that teaches you how to stay sober. Find out more by calling us at 855.712.7784.