At Las Vegas Recovery Center, we provide programs that help you make the transition back to living on your own. As part of your journey back to sober living, you will acquire life skills that provide alternatives to drinking and drug use. By calling on these coping skills, you can resist cravings and develop a full, productive life. Additionally, our substance abuse treatment center encourages you to explore activities that help you channel stress and anxiety into positive activities.
Practice Coping Skills
Managing stress, eating healthy, and getting plenty of exercise are just some of the ways that you can avoid cravings and maintain your sobriety.
Improve Your Stress Management
Stress is one of the main causes of relapse when you have no coping skills to fall back on. When your job, family, or social situations cause uncertainty, your anxiety level can rise. Make time to practice the skills you learned at our residential treatment center or a partial hospitalization program.
Mindfulness exercises such as yoga and meditation can help you healthily reduce stress. This is also a good way to strengthen your body and relax your mind.
Eat Healthy Meals
During addiction recovery, you will learn about proper nutrition and its importance in managing energy levels, mood, and mental health. Setting a schedule for meals and eating healthy food helps you avoid energy lulls that can turn into cravings and triggers. Many of your essential organs suffer from nutrition deficiency and other negative results during drug and alcohol abuse. Therefore, following treatment at Las Vegas Recovery Center, you should concentrate on developing good eating habits and improving your health.
Avoid Triggers and Risky Situations
Addiction recovery starts when you go through a detox program and find an effective recovery program. However, if you stop there, you are likely to relapse. Develop coping skills that help you build a new life with healthier interests and friends who don’t use drugs. Making all these changes may cause anxiety and stress. However, if you concentrate on changing the things that put you at risk, it’s easier to let them go.
High-risk situations include your feelings as well as places where you have easy access to drugs and alcohol. The acronym HALT describes the four feelings that you should avoid, as follows:
If you feel irritated, ask yourself the root cause. Then, use your life skills to do something about it. It’s easy to have a healthy snack or take a nap to renew your energy level. You can also call a friend for words of encouragement or remove yourself from a situation that makes you angry. If possible, try journaling every day to find patterns that put you at risk.
Get Enough Exercise
By now, you have probably heard exercising releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that give you a natural high. Exercise is also a great way to burn off stress and strengthen your body. Whether you go to the gym, take up biking or running, or practice yoga, exercise helps you discipline your mind and develop safer ways to work through your feelings.
Find a Sponsor and Attend 12-Step Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just two of the groups available to help you work through the 12 steps. A sponsor can guide you through the steps and share their experiences with recovery and relapse triggers. When you feel confident that you have mastered enough coping skills to stay on track to lifelong recovery, you can support others coming out of addiction recovery.
Addiction Recovery in Las Vegas
At Las Vegas Recovery Center, you receive the support of licensed therapists and medical professionals committed to your recovery. We tailor our addiction recovery programs to your substance use disorder, such as our heroin addiction treatment program. Call us at 844.332.2076 or contact us online to learn more about our life skills and other programs that can give you an alternative to addiction.