Now that you’ve detoxed and gotten clean from substance abuse, you need to find a way to stay energized and keep going. Staying to yourself is one of the best possible choices you can make when leaving drug rehab. Keep reading to learn how to embrace solitude to thrive after drug rehab.
Be Your Own Best Friend
After leaving drug rehab, spending some time to yourself will give you the mental toughness to go through life battling your challenges without the need for a lot of support. While loneliness isn’t a good cure for addictions recovery, being alone will test your resolve and will to quit abusing drugs. On the other hand, spending too much time with others will leave you exhausted, anxious, and wanting to abuse drugs again.
Learn More About Your Strengths
You have strengths that can be developed into skills that employers want. You exited drug rehab not long ago, so the first few weeks should be spent building your day and finding out how to use your strong points to your advantage, both personally and professionally. But you won’t have time to find your strengths if you spend too much time around others. You need honest feedback, and sometimes, you’re able to give better feedback to yourself than anyone.
Develop A Self-Care Routine
A self-care routine involves cleansing, eating and exercising well, and getting plenty of rest. If you’re thinking this will be difficult living a constantly extroverted lifestyle, you’re right. The more time you can spend looking after your health, the better. In short, your friends, family, and coworkers will not be able to take care of you. You have to start doing that, beginning from the day you leave your drug rehab program.
Find Time To Learn And Reflect
It’s difficult to reflect on anything when you’re constantly bombarded with talk, questions, suggestions, and advice you didn’t ask for. That said, part of recovering from drug addiction is learning from your mistakes, identifying which path you took that was wrong, and making better choices going forward. Spend some time in solitude, and you’ll have all the time in the world to learn more about yourself, your reasons for existing, and the changes you have to make to stay clean and be healthy. No real change can begin unless you take a hard look at yourself. So, give yourself some space and come up with a plan for your time in reflection. What do you want to learn about yourself? What have you learned? Those are good questions to start with.
Address Negative Thinking
Sometimes, your thinking can get in the way of you making decisions on your behalf. Toxic thinking is filled with negativity and self-pity, and won’t do anything to help you stay clear of drugs. You’ll need to be talking about yourself positively, and the best way to do this is to spend time alone and combat your negative thinking. When you’re thinking is negative, stop and ask how you could approach the problem at hand differently. There are plenty of solutions available, many of which are found in cognitive behavioral therapy. Give yourself the time to think about your thinking. You’ll be glad you did in the long run.
When you’re getting out of drug rehab, you’ll be looking for ways to stay clean from drugs and moving forward at the same time. The answer may seem like you need an overwhelming amount of support and friendships to succeed. In reality, all you need to thrive after drug rehab is quality time to yourself.