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Rehabilitation is only the first step towards recovery from alcoholism. After contemplating on the situation of the patients, knowing what triggers their cravings for the substance, and learning healthier ways to cope with their problems in the centre, it’s now time to put everything into practice.
Life after rehabilitation is a significant stage. Patients may feel well while undergoing drug treatment programs, but the effects don’t last indefinitely. The true test is when they’re back in the real world. Achieving their goals for sobriety is hard to reach, as the temptation to revert back to drinking is stronger outside.
Here are a few ways to help patients get through this transition phase:
The best way to stay alcohol-free is to be surrounded with people who don’t drink. Sober friends can help them engage in activities that don’t involve alcohol. This way, they can keep their mind off drinking.
An Active Lifestyle
Many studies show that an active lifestyle can lead to alcohol abstinence. Physical activities such as working out and playing sports help release endorphins, the natural brain chemicals that produce a sense of happiness. As depression and alcoholism are closely related, patients surely need a regular dose of “happy hormones” to help them keep a positive mood. Having an active lifestyle can keep patients occupied with healthy activities.
A Support System
Support is necessary to help patients feel they’re not in this battle alone. Your role as a family is to provide the necessary assistance to help the patient recover successfully after rehabilitation. Leave no trace of alcohol or everything that could trigger the patient’s craving for the substance. Look for signs of relapse constantly and take the necessary action immediately to prevent the patient from becoming addicted again.
An alcohol support group can also help the patient meet other people who suffered from substance abuse. Talking to someone who they can relate to can help the patient learn more about alcoholism and share their experiences. These sessions can be therapeutic for alcoholism patients and help them stay clean after rehabilitation.
Transitioning back to normal life is challenging for alcoholism patients. The struggle to fight alcohol addiction may go on for the rest of the patients’ life, but setting the right environment and providing proper assistance can help them overcome this battle.
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