Hello Recovery Friends and Welcome New Friends,
A really good friend, and recovery supporter of mine, has a wonderful recovery website that he shares so much about his recovery journey on. His name is Aaron Emerson, of New Life Recovery Outreach, located in the state of Michigan. He recently completed and earned his recovery coach training certificate that he has worked hard to accomplish. So congrats Aaron! I’m so proud of you! He has really come a long way. He took that step to not only be of recovery service to others, but now he will be able to help others reaching out for recovery on a deeper level.
I happen to pop over to his websites blog, and I came across this new blog post written/courtesy of Alyssa Craig.
It is an in-depth look at what we need to do when we come out of rehab/treatment to have a well-balanced recovery, and we all know how uncomfortable we feel when we are first released. This post is important as it gives you a great outline of what needs to be done on a daily basis. It may even help you make that ‘elusive’ 1st year mark in recovery.
I always say that ‘relapse’ does not need to happen, or be a part of your recovery journey when grasping a foot hold to long-term recovery. So without further ado, here is the Blog Share from New Life Recovery Outreach.
Building A New Life After Rehab
Starting a new life after rehab can be difficult and overwhelming. Use the suggestions below to help you navigate your way to a better life.
Where you live will play a big role in creating an environment that will either be beneficial or detrimental to your recovery. Take some time to evaluation your home, neighborhood, and the people that will be surrounding you. If any of these situations will be harmful to your recovery and pose a threat to staying clean, it will be necessary to move to a new location. Find a home in a new neighborhood or community that will be supportive. One great way to do this is to live in a home with others who are also recovering from addiction. You will be able to support one another and also be able to empathize with each other.
Work will play an important role in life after rehab as it provides a place to stay well occupied and offers the opportunity to be productive. Just as the home environment should be supportive, the workplace should be too. If your previous job had people or situations that perpetuated your substance abuse, find a new job. Low stress jobs will be best, as stress can be a major trigger for relapse.
As you hunt for a job, keep a positive attitude. Job hunting is difficult for everyone (not just those in recovery) and it can sometimes take quite a while to find a good fit. As suggested in this article, be wary of labeling yourself as “unsuccessful” when the job hunt gets difficult. Keep it up and you will find what you need.
Addiction is something that weighs heavily on not only the person suffering from it, but also their family members. After coming home from rehab, there will likely be work needed to rebuild healthy family relationships. Family therapy is a great way to do this and can help each family member address how the addiction has affected them.
Family members will likely be a huge source of support during this time, so it is important to strive for complete honesty and open communication. If you find you have family members still engaging in behavior that is harmful to you, or who you feel don’t support your sober lifestyle, it is just as acceptable to distance yourself from them as necessary.
Building a network of support around you as you build your new life will be incredibly important. One great way to do this is with support groups, as you can obtain answers to questions you may still have about addiction as you navigate recovery. You will have access to others going through similar difficulties and receive counsel on how to work through your challenges. Many twelve step programs also offer the opportunity to take advantage of a sponsor. This person will be someone with more experience in recovery and can offer support and assistance. You can also check with your rehab center, as many will keep in touch even after a client leaves to give some of this needed support.
The people you choose to have in your life will probably be one of the biggest changes you will need to instigate. You will quickly find those who you thought were friends before are not true friends and do not have your best interests in mind. Find sober friends and build stable relationships with them. This means letting go of those who could pose a threat to relapse. In terms of romantic relationships, hold off on pursuing a new one for at least one year after rehab.
Nutrition and Exercise
Addiction is incredibly destructive to the physical body, as an addict, many have given priority to the substance abuse, rather than to their health. Creating healthy habits will help your body to continue to heal through the recovery process. Eat as nutritious as possible. Getting the body the nutrients it needs is the priority. Follow the basic FDA nutrition guidelines, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Giving your body the fuel it needs to heal itself is the key.
Exercise is a not only a great coping mechanism, but it can also help to reduce cravings and decrease the risk of relapse due to the release of dopamine in the brain. Find ways to be active each day whether this is going to the gym, taking a yoga class, running around the neighborhood, or even simply going for a walk each night.
Addiction and recovery are difficult and there will be many differences between your life before rehab and your life afterward. It is important to not take on too many responsibilities at once, as this will only lead to feeling overwhelmed. Cut yourself some slack and little by little, you can build a brilliant new life for yourself.
New Life Recovery Outreach
Supporting Pathways To Recovery And Changing The Face Of Addiction
About New Life:
New Life Recovery is an outreach in Mason, Michigan that has a main mission to promote recovery from substance abuse and alcoholism within the Lansing region. Started by a recovering heroin addict, we strive to encourage change and recovery, change the stigma attached to addiction, and to support and promote the recovery movement within the area. We do this through a regularly updated blog, where we share personal recovery stories, explore and explain different services in the professional and non-profit substance abuse field in the Lansing area, and give helpful writings and news on addiction.
*If you want to share your story of recovery on our blog, please get a hold of us. We love to share the many voices of recovery and put a face on addiction to change the stigma!
Who We Are:
Aaron Emerson, RC: Aaron has been in recovery from heroin and opiate addiction since May 16, 2013. He is a Certified Recovery Coach through the Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery (CCAR), serves on the advisory board of Families Against Narcotics, is a board member for the Mason Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force, and is a writer for Mason Today, a community newspaper in Mason, Michigan.
Wes Emerson: Wes is the father of Aaron and is the Senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship, a church in Leslie, Michigan. He has been in the ministry for over 35 years, 30 of them as a Senior Pastor. Wes earned his Masters Degree in Christian Ministry from Huntington University. He is also a big proponent in helping loved ones of addicts/alcoholics find peace and learn how to best support their loved one.
NEED HELP? Give us a call at 517-763-5503 or email us at Newliferecovery@yahoo.com.
Family members that are looking for advice or help, email us at Newliferecovery@yahoo.com. There are options for you, as well, including getting hooked up with a group of people in the same situation as you that just want to help.
HAVE A HAPPY, SAFE, SOBER, CLEAN and BET FREE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!