What Will Happen To My Social Life If I Go Through Treatment?

It’s true: rehab will likely change the ways you spend your free time, the activities you participate in for fun, and even your friends. Falling back into the same friendships and habits often leads to relapse. Luckily, there are easy ways to ensure you continue to move forward and find more healthy ways to fill your days.

The best way to prepare for these significant changes in your social life is to create a plan before you finish or leave your addiction treatment program. Specifically, you’ll want to:

● Understand what triggers you and how to avoid becoming triggered

● Understand what triggers you and how to avoid becoming triggered

● Have an established support network of friends or family members who understand and encourage your dedication to sober living

● Find ways to stay active and avoid becoming bored or depressed

● Develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits

● Stick to a consistent sleep schedule

● Manage your stress levels

● Accept that avoiding certain people and situations that don’t support your sobriety will most likely be necessary

Once you’re out of rehab, work on finding new, sober friends and building a community you can lean on. This ensures you won’t find yourself lonely, isolated, or bored – three things that often trigger old habits and patterns. Go to 12-Step meetings, dry bars, or events that don’t involve substances, such as art classes or outdoor activities. Having supportive friends who understand your commitment to sober living and fun, healthy ways to pass the time is crucial to preventing relapse.

Completing rehab and beginning down the path to recovery is not social life suicide. Yes, things will change. However, you’ll most likely find yourself happier, healthier, and more fulfilled once you come out on the other side.