1. Follow through with your aftercare plan
If you've gone through a treatment program at a Sunspire Health facility, you received an aftercare plan before you left. This aftercare plan has information about upcoming therapy and doctor's appointments, local sober living and outpatient programs, and will provide you with contact information for the alumni coordinator at your facility. Stick with this plan and continue getting help and support as you recover!
2. Be open with family and friends
Be open with your friends and family about what you need from them to support your sobriety. Talk to them about your fears and hopes in your recovery and give them the chance to help you succeed. Communication is key to improve your relationships and continue recovering.
3. Spend time with those who support your recovery
Sometimes when you come home from treatment, friends who played a part in your addiction will show up again. It can be hard to turn away old friends, but we advise that you only spend time with the people you know will help you stay sober and safe.
4. Find healthy ways to manage stress
During your residential treatment you learned healthy coping skills for difficult emotions, situations, and triggers. There are ways to manage stress that are healthy and productive, like yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, walks, music, art, or journaling. Find what works for you!
5. Eat well and get exercise
Your physical health is crucial to your overall well-being and to your recovery. When feel good physically, your mental and emotional health improves, too. Eat nutritious meals and fresh foods as often as you can, and try to get 30-60 minutes of activity or exercise daily.
6. Get involved with local recovery support groups
Connecting with a recovery community is one of the key tools for recovery. It is invaluable to remain connected to a community that can provide empathy and support as you find your way in the first days, weeks, months, and years in recovery from addiction.
If you don't have access to regular alumni meetings from your Sunspire Health facility, you can connect to recovery support groups near you.
Here is a list of some groups you might consider:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- SMART Recovery
- Celebrate Recovery
- Refuge Recovery
7. Volunteer in your local community
Volunteering and connecting with other people to give back to your local community is a great way to stay busy and boost your self-esteem in recovery. You could work at a food pantry on weekends, do park clean-up projects, help at an animal shelter, or join others doing volunteer work that speaks to you personally!
8. Ask for help when you need it
Don't be too proud or too afraid to ask for help when you need it. Reach out to someone you trust, whether it's a sponsor, your alumni coordinator, your counselor, your doctor, a friend, a partner, a parent—your recovery is too important to jeopardize! Call us at any time for support.