Developing a Drug-Free Lifestyle to Maintain Abstinence

If you are trying to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs over a long period of time,it is important to develop a drug-free lifestyle in all aspects of your lifeat home,at work and during your leisure hours.

If you sought treatment from professional rehab program for your alcohol or drug problem,one of the most important objectives of your continuing or follow-up care is to help you learn to replace your previous destructive behaviors with more healthy and productive alternatives.

Supportive Friends and Family

One of the first steps in developing a drug -free lifestyle is to avoid those people who were directly involved in your former drinking or drug-using lifestylethose who helped you to get drugs,use drugs or were your drinking buddies.Many addicts find that in order to develop a substance-free lifestyle, they must develop new friendships,social patterns and leisure activities.

Your rehab counselor will try to help you identify drug free supportive friends and family members and encourage you to improve those relationship and participate in recreational activities with them, to replace the time that you spent drug-seeking and using.If you do not have drug -free friends or loved ones,your counselor will encourage you to become involved in new social groups and make new,supportive friends.

Developing a Structured Schedule

Another important aspect of developing a drug-free lifestyle is to develop a structured daily schedule that you can consistently follow. Structure and organization in your life can be your best friends in recovery,while a chaotic and disorganized lifestyle can be your enemy.

When you were in early abstinence stage of your rehab program, your counselor probably worked with you then to establish daily and/or weekly schedule to help you begin to structure your time and to replace your drug-seeking and using activities with healthy alternatives.In the maintaining abstinence phase of your recovery, it is important not to abandon that structured schedule or deviate from it on a regular basis.

Developing Larger Goals

While maintaining your sobriety remains a high priority in your life, in order to develop a long-term drug-free lifestyle,it is helpful to identify larger goals for your future.Now that you have achieved more than 90 days of abstinence, you will probably begin to develop larger,long-term goals such as going back to school, changing career paths or saving towards financials goals.

Identifying other goals for your life and developing a plan to achieve those goals can play an important role in helping you develop and maintain a drug-freee lifestyle. your follow-up counselor will help you learn how to work towards these goals within the context of your new recovering lifestyle.