Stick to the relapse prevention plan
The most important step you can take to keep yourself from relapsing is sticking to the prevention plan formulated by your adviser/doctor during the rehab process. These plans are created by the consultants on the basis of the individual factors identified during the treatment and vary from person to person.
Stay away from the places you used to go when using alcohol and drugs
The most important thing to keep yourself from relapsing after starting the recovery is not going to the places that you did previously, especially the hangouts you used to visit in the past. Also avoid going to the places where use of alcohols and drugs is tolerated or accepted.
Manage stress on daily basis
Feeling stressed out increases a person’s chances of relapsing, so it is necessary to manage the stress on daily basis. Also use relaxation methods to avoid stress and anxiety. One of the most effective ways to relieve stress is deep breathing in a dark room.
Give yourself regular rewards
Appreciate yourself for having successfully moved from active use of drugs and alcohol to active sobriety. Sobriety is no doubt an extremely difficult task and acknowledging the efforts is very important.
Seek support from friends, family
Never expect the cravings or desire to use to go away completely after the rehabilitation. You will face difficult times, especially when stressed out or when an opportunity for use presents itself. Seek support from your friends (the new ones who do not tolerate alcohol and drugs) and family. You can also seek assistance from an addiction-recovery group such as AA or NA.
Motivation level of clients is usually very high immediately after the treatment; however, it starts to decline overtime. Periodic motivation enhancement is necessary to keep you focused.