It can be scary to leave the safety of rehab behind and go back to the world where your addiction once controlled your life. Staying sober can become an everyday challenge and your faith may falter. At Faith in Recovery, we understand that you may be hesitant, so we want to give you some tips for staying sober to make post-treatment a little bit easier.
Do not let yourself lose your way again. It is important to continue to practice your faith after recovery so that you are more likely to stay on track.
One of the biggest challenges to staying sober after treatment is the fact that you are returning to your life before treatment, which can be an environment filled with drug triggers. The best way to avoid giving in to these drug cravings is to avoid these triggers altogether. This process often includes keeping your distance from any places, people, or events that are associated with your addiction. The friend that gave you cocaine should be avoided, and you should probably stay clear of the concerts where you couldn’t help but pop pills.
Maintain a routine. Rehab usually includes a strict routine that involves various therapies and a constant schedule. When you leave treatment, it is easy to stray from this pattern of behavior, but your new free time could be dangerous. When recovering addicts are bored, they are more likely to relapse. Avoid this problem by maintaining a good schedule. If you had Bible study every day at a certain time, continue this after treatment. Fill your free time with other good habits like exercise and mindfulness.
What makes our faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center unique is that your treatment doesn’t stop when you step outside of our facility. As part of the Banyan family, Faith in Recovery offers an aftercare program that is designed to make your sobriety journey easier and to help you make that life-long commitment to staying sober and keeping your faith. We will also connect you with other people who have gone through our programs so that you have a new support system and like-minded people to spend time with.
We may all falter at times, but when you are feeling weak, it is important to look to God for strength. Below are a few quotes from the Bible that may help you avoid a relapse.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-4
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“…we know that suffering produced perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:3-5
If you do lose your way and relapse, it is okay. Our stabilization program in Pompano is designed to get you back on track. You do not need to be ashamed of a relapse, but you should get help immediately to prevent spiraling out of control back into your addiction.
Our Christian recovery programs are designed to help you find long-lasting success and to strengthen your relationship with God at the same time. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, do not be afraid to ask for help.