The first 90 days of your recovery are the most critical to your long-term success and according to recovery experts at Meehab Addiction Recovery, this is the time when relapses are the most likely to occur. If you are new to being sober you may not be completely comfortable dealing with the rigors of everyday life “addiction free” and the chances of slipping up are high. If you have completed your treatment program and been given the green light to go home your chances of success are increased with routine, structure, and consistency. If you are able to commit to a routine you will be much more likely to succeed in the long run.
What to Expect in the First 90 Days of Sobriety
Stick to a daily schedule: Adhering to a daily schedule gives you a clear and concise list of chores to keep your mind occupied. Items to place on your schedule include when to eat, when to take your prescribed medication, when to exercise and attend your meetings, doctor appointments, and therapy appointments. Make sure that you schedule time for yourself for reading and hobbies. Sticking to a schedule gives you less time to let your mind wander down the all too familiar path of addiction.
Make meetings one of your top priorities: If you have attended any type of rehab you are probably already aware that attending regular meetings is an important part of your recovery. The continued support from other people who are also working towards recovery is crucial to your continued success especially in the first 90 days.
Find a mentor, therapist, or sponsor: If you are participating in a 12-step program finding a sponsor should be one of your top priorities. Your sponsor is the person that you can rely on to help your through the program and will also be by your side when you need them. If you select a mentor or therapist instead the overall goal should be the same; develop a lasting relationship with someone that you can depend upon and trust.
Find a secure place for yourself in your environment: In order to make your recovery as successful as possible you need to feel safe and secure at home. Get rid of everything that is related to your addition such as alcohol, addictive substances and related paraphernalia. If you don’t feel that you can trust yourself to take of this alone, ask a trusted relative that cares about you to do it for you.
Avoid any major life changes: One of the most important things you can do to ensure your continued success is to avoid any major life changes during the first 12 months of your recovery. Major life changes that can impede your chances of a successful recovery include getting married, starting a new career, or starting a family. Remember you have your whole life ahead of you and there will be plenty of time in the future to make major life decisions. The further you are in your recovery the more confident you will become in your capabilities to stay addiction free.