Having a long-term plan is important in recovering from addiction. This then requires dedication to abstaining from drug and alcohol. For someone who has completed addiction treatment and wishes to stay sober, there are activities that can help them achieve long-term recovery. So what are these?
Being listened to and supported is one of the best ways to succeed in long-term sobriety. Your family or loved one should know that you need someone to who will be there for you and someone who you can talk to about the issues of that you’re experiencing. Talking to them and setting aside some time for them can really help them stay sober. Just listen to them responsively, actively, and compassionately.
Involve in Physical Activities
Involving to physical activities can help individuals to stay sober after recovery. You can encourage your loved one to exercise daily with you. You can go walking, hiking, bike riding, and you can also try new sports that both of you are interested in.
Practice Good Nutrition
Encourage your loved one to adopt a healthy nutritious diet that promotes health. By doing this you’ll have a good mood and ideal energy levels. Being healthy can help you to reduce stress, having a lower stress level can reduce the risk of relapse.
Keep a Journal
Tell your loved one to write down their feeling and a gratitude list on a journal. You can also write journal together and talk about the things that he/she have written. Writing down thoughts and feeling is a healthy for them and writing down their feelings can help him/her to recognize what triggers them to relapse
Keep a Good Structure
During the treatment process, having a good structure throughout the week is important same as after the treatment as well. Having a good structure can avoid idleness, boredom, and stress. You can plan activities with your loved one such as going on an outing, classes, walks, and conversations.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Always remind your loved one to do things that can help them relax. Maybe attend yoga classes together. Encourage them to read something, sew, paint, go on golfing, or any activities that you think that can relax them. In treatment, they also have this relaxation for their patients but after treatment, it is still important to have time to relax.
Always remind your loved one that recovery is a long process and that it is still ongoing after your finish your recovery. Tell them that it is not a one-time event. Always encourage them to start each day in a fresh and with a clean slate. Tell them not to dwell in the past and reassure them that they can succeed one day at a time, and you’ll be there for them until the end.