A central component of rehab is establishing a new normal void of substance abuse and destructive behaviors. However, with this new normal comes the need for a new routine. Routines reinforce good habits, utilizing the tools and skills learned in treatment to maintain recovery.
This new recovery routine should not be complicated, but rather easy to follow and assimilate into everyday life. It can include the time they get up in the morning and when they go to sleep, an exercise regimen, meal times, hobbies, time spent with friends and family, and more. It should also include recovery meeting times, such as AA or sessions with an addiction counselor to promote good after care practices.
By providing structure that elicits familiarity and comfort, individuals can easily pick up on potential relapse warnings and seek appropriate help. Though this routine is all about balance, it should ensure to not leave a lot of downtime where the individual has nothing to do. Boredom is the fast track to relapse and should be avoided.
Recovery routines provide a number of benefits. First, because insomnia may be an issue at the start of sobriety, establishing a nighttime routine can greatly improve their sleep patterns. Routines also help ease anxiety, promote stability, develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and prepare the individual for more responsibility. The routine should be revised and updated regularly to promote further growth and responsibility, as the individual is ready for it.
Because routines take time to establish, the earlier a routine is created, the better. Even while in treatment, new routines should be formed with the help of rehab specialists. Together with hard work and determination, routines make recovery a sustainable and viable option once treatment ends.
If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call us today at (888)507-1355 to speak with a trained treatment specialist for more information about recovery routines, or to receive a confidential treatment assessment. You are not alone in your fight against addiction.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson