Drug detox is the likely the most acutely uncomfortable step in the addiction recovery process, but by no means the most difficult. Sobriety is a tough long-term goal, it must be managed well if you want to be successful. The first thing to think of is what to do after drug detox?
Sobriety will always be your number priority after detoxing from drugs. But your second, immediate priority should be to get your life into a routine, something you can comfortably manage. Here’s how:
Enter into Rehab – Treatment Programs
Treatment centers are usually the logical next step after drug detox. Detox centers will only aid in the initial withdrawal from the drug. Opioid detox centers will strongly recommend rehab.
Rehab programs can last anywhere from 4 weeks to a few months depending on the kind of program chosen (inpatient or outpatient) or the drug of choice.
Rehab is a helpful first step and users addicted to heroin, painkillers, methamphetamine or cocaine should consider rehab immediately after detox. The doctors and counsellors are trained to help you and ease the transition from drug detox.
Create a Schedule
The first few months after drug detox should be set up to be an almost autopilot like routine. When your life is on auto pilot you can focus on staying sober. Chaos breeds more chaos and order more order.
Create a schedule and stick to it. The more you fill your days with activities, work, and creative release, the less likely you are to relapse. Stay busy.
Break your days into half hour segments and give yourself some wiggle room for travel and relaxation. Check out the Wiki How article for schedule making tips.
IMPORTANT: wake up the SAME TIME every day and prepare your own breakfast. We highly recommend doing this every day, including weekends and holidays.
Create a Budget
The good news is you aren’t spending your money on drugs anymore. The bad news is that you don’t know how to manage your money either. Before it was easy, you got money and you used to buy your fix.
Treatment Alternative’s Where to Begin blog is a suitable place to start. Read over some of the money management tips there and consider listening to Dave Ramsey’s podcast about money management.
IMPORTANT: every penny you earn should have a place. Don’t leave ‘extra’ money. All your money should be working for you. Pay off old debt, emergency fund, clothes, eating at restaurants.
Create a Diet
A health body is a healthy mind. A new diet is a wonderful way to get back in shape and it can be a welcomed distraction. Once you really pay attention to what you eat, you will notice how much effort it takes to eat healthy, a perfect way to occupy your mind in the first weeks after drug detox.