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Go Sober: The Stages of a 12 month Sober Living

Posted: March 21, 2015 by in Recovery Place Drug Rehab


During the first 90 days

In 1 to 3 months of recovery or the first 90 days, relapse will most likely occur. You need prevent this with:

Continue Therapy

It is good to continue attending therapy sessions in addiction rehab programs center. The better would be having an aftercare or continuing support as part of your overall treatment program.

Look for Sponsors

In order to help answer some of your questions about the group process, or aid your transition to recovery, sponsors will familiarize you with how the 12 steps work, finding a life coach is another good option to consider.

Attend 12-step meetings

Go to 12-step meetings at least once a day and find the best locations for the ones that best fit you.

Familiarize yourself with all the schedules

You can start by mapping everything out in front of your computer or on a piece of paper. Write everything that you will need to attend or where you have to be. Whether its work, a therapy session in addiction rehab programs center, a 12-step meeting, or a recreational activity, don’t forget to spend time relaxing with your family and find a schedule that balances the whole thing.

Expect depression to come

Depression is common for many patients during the early stages of their addiction recovery. It’s always best to get in touch with your therapist or doctor even after leaving the addiction rehab programs center.

Within 6 months

At this time, you may start seeing positive changes in your life. There are still some things that you need to avoid:

  • It’s quite possible that you are starting to feel a little overconfident when you’re about 6 months into addiction rehab programs recovery, especially when things start running smoothly for you. But don’t let hubris get into your head because there may be situations that tempt you to go out with your drinking or drug buddies again. In this case, your chances for relapse are greatly heightened.
  • As best as you can, resist all forms of temptation. Do not think that you can handle all the urges and cravings that will come your way. Always stick to the plan to stay sober and eliminate temptations one trigger at a time: do what you need to do in present, in order to have a successful future addiction recovery.

7th to 12th month

Everything may be running on all cylinders from the 7th to 12th month of recovery. Moving closer to the one-year mark, there may be a lot of familiar old warning signs that creep back into your life: the old hangouts and druggie-acquaintances that need to be avoided. Keep your addiction recovery successful; the most important thing to recognize, during this period, is that you have come a long way. Remember you have pushed yourself too hard and made too many important changes in your life. Keep everything going and repeat what you’ve done on your way to another 12 months of recovery.

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