How to Deal with Stress After Rehab

Last Updated: Nov 17th 2021

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

After you get out of rehab, it’s important to have a plan in place on how to deal with stressers. Here’s a list of our recommendations that can help keep your recovery on track:

Make a habit of putting yourself first. This may be counterintuitive, but don’t forget that no matter what life brings, but especially in the tempest that can be drug or alcohol addiction treatment and recovery, you need to make sure all of your basic human needs are met before you start worrying about anyone else’s.

Take yourself out on the town and have a good, safe, sober time. There are lots of things to do other than drink or get high. Go to the movies, have a dinner date with a friend and get burgers, fries and a coke, old school style, feel free to substitute salad if you’re a vegetarian. You can go to a club and dance all night long while drinking sparkling water and lime. Try getting a pedicure and an ice cream cone.

Take long luxurious baths. One of the things that is great about rehab is it teaches you that prioritizing correctly helps you remember that sometimes the simple things in life are the most important. And sometimes one of those simple things is allowing yourself the space to relax and breathe. For some recovering addicts this can happen with plenty of bubbles and a good audio book.

Taking care of yourself is pretty hard. It often doesn’t come second nature to us because we are taught to make sure we are thinking of others first. Being thoughtful is important but you can’t possibly care for someone very well if your own needs are unmet.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in the Florida area, it’s time to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Through our replacement therapy or whatever is the best drug rehab for you, you can work through your trauma and addiction and you can come out the other side ready to do the hard work of a successful and sober life. Call us today at (855) 425-4846 or contact us online for help with your drug or alcohol addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.