• Planning for the life after the rehab should begin during the person’s stay in rehab. It is within the controlled environment of the rehab that the trials and challenges of everyday life in recovery should be made apparent to the patients.
  • The patients need to be made aware of the environmental cues that trigger cravings and ultimately lead towards drug or alcohol usage. They need to learn how to manage their cravings so that the temptations in the real world do not affect their recovery.
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  • One of the main precautionary measures is being aware of the many warning signs of relapse and what can be done about them. Being conscious of the different triggers that can force a relapse can help patients stay true to their recovery. Excessive fatigue, feelings of insignificance, uncontrolled aggression and overconfidence to remain sober are some of the commonly observed red flags or signs for a relapse.
  • Regularly attending the follow up groups post treatment in the rehab is an important part of the recovery. It makes certain that consistent support is provided to the patients until they become functional enough to handle and maintain their sobriety on their own. Follow ups can ensure that prompt therapeutic advice is made available to the patient in recovery as they are finally regaining control over their lives.
  • The process of recovery can be made more effective if a network of friends and family is built who share an active interest in recovery from addiction. Inclusion of family members and friends in the therapeutic and educational opportunities can aid the process of recovery. By strengthening the support network of the recovering patient, additional assistance is made available to him which allows them to stay committed to the path of recovery.
  • Finding hobbies that relaxes the recovering patients in times of stress may also serve as an effective tool for helping them stay calm. In fact having a daily structure that makes room for physical exercise, reflection, chores and performance of relaxing activities can help support the recovery process.
  • It is also beneficial for people leaving the rehab to continue reading and learning about their problem of addiction. It is bound to keep them devoted towards maintaining their new lifestyle and staying on the path to recovery.

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