Tips for “Life” After a First Responder Goes to Treatment

By Safe Call Now Admin

Life after treatment for a first responder can be an adjustment, but if you follow a few simple tips, the transition to an independent life can be smooth and successful.

Follow Your Aftercare Program

You’ll exit your treatment armed with an aftercare plan to help prevent relapse, so it’s important to closely follow your individualized plan. Studies show that extended substance abuse treatment utilizing an aftercare program is associated with improved outcomes.

Maintain Your Peer Support Network

You’ve met people in treatment that experienced the same struggles you did during your journey to a sober and healthier life. Stay in touch with some of the people you enjoyed spending time with. Get their contact information so you can connect after you’ve completed your treatment. When temptations, cravings or stress crop up, contacting one of your peers to talk it through can make the difference between relapse and staying sober in your newly independent life.

Take Your Medications Appropriately

If you’re advised to take medications after you’ve completed your treatment, it’s important to make sure you follow these instructions. If you have several medications to take regularly, stay organized by making a written schedule. Buy a pill box that has the days of the week printed on it, so you can parcel out your meds once a week and then take them as scheduled.

Life After Treatment: An Exciting New Beginning

With the right attitude and proper care, life after treatment can be an exciting time. Be sure to stay hydrated. Many people who were addicted to substances mistake thirst for cravings. The same goes for hunger, so be sure to eat healthy meals on a regular schedule.

Exercise regularly to stay fit. Walking 30 minutes, even just a few times a week, is a great way to stay in shape while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

Stay mindful to ensure success in your independent life after treatment. Meditation and yoga can help you maintain mindfulness by keeping you in the present moment. Staying mindful leaves you better equipped to handle the surprises that independent life can throw at you.

Make sure you attend any counseling sessions and group therapy meetings that your tretment staff recommends. It’s crucial that you stay connected to your recovery resources to maintain abstinence. Stress, cravings and triggers may be a part of your life after treatment, and staying connected helps you overcome these challenges and remain happy and healthy.

If you, someone you love or someone you know needs help, call:

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