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When you are within the walls of your rehab facility, it’s a little easier to focus on your sobriety. It’s a safe space. But getting back into the world shouldn’t be worrisome. Here are five things to do to help support sober living.

Try Adopting a Pet

Pets have been known to lower depression, anxiety, and blood pressure. They provide excellent health benefits for everyone, but especially recovering addicts. Plus, a pet is a companion and responsibility. Having responsibility for another living creature can be a great way to stay accountable for your well-being.

Maintain an Exercise Routine

Having a pet isn’t for everyone. If you’re wanting another option, try developing and maintaining an exercise routine. Exercise keeps happy endorphins flowing, makes you healthier, and makes you feel better. Whether you go for walk, practice yoga, or do any sort of activity, moving is good for your soul and good for your recovery.

If You Need a Fresh Start, Relocate

Sometimes, you just need to “start over” and that means moving to a different place. Moving to a different zip code and finding new people and places can be refreshing. Relocating can leave behind any unhealthy temptations that could possibly jeopardize your sobriety.

Find a Way to Give Back

When you’re in recovery, you focus on yourself, healing, and self-improvement. After leaving a rehab facility, you’re back into the world where you previously had temptation. It’s important to surround yourself with things that are healthy for you. That can be volunteering at a homeless shelter, a nursing home, a play center, and so on. Helping others can help you continue to help yourself.

Attend Meetings

You’ll have a support system in place after you leave a rehab facility, including a list of resources that can help you in times of temptation. Maintain your sobriety by continuing outpatient rehab and attend meetings. Know who your support system is and have somebody you can call on to help you maintain sober living.

Learn more about finding your way to a sober life from Holland Pathways. We support the needs of individuals through every stage of recovery. We offer medically monitored detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and private sobriety coaching.