How to create a new life after drug addiction

Returning from drug or alcohol rehabilitation is a completely foreign land for most. Where to go, how to act, who to trust, who to ignore and where do I begin are all natural and real thoughts and emotions when returning home. The number one concept that one should always remember is the concept of self improvement. Ask ones self "how is what I am about to do or say going to help me and my future?"

· Be Healthy

For anyone addicted to drugs, being healthy is not top priority. Proper nutrition and a good night's sleep are very important. So eat healthy and sleep well. Developing an exercise routine will also help your chances of staying clean and sober. Most physicians will say that exercise produces a superior effect on one's mood than anti-depressants.

· Cherish and Respect Your Family

If your family includes your mother, your father, your wife, your husband, your daughter, your son, or your dearest friends, keep them near to your heart. Those who helped you get into recovery will be the ones who will want you to succeed at staying clean. Develop those relationships. The people that love you and have helped you get clean are the best people to have near in your life and enjoying time with them and helping them will help repair any past harm or damage you may have brought them from drug use or alcoholism.

· Have Good Friendships with Good People

If you are hanging around with people who use drugs and alcohol, you will likely end up doing drugs and alcohol again. This rule is not just for your close friends, but for anyone you're your coworkers or classmates. Make friends with positive people. If you surround yourself with negative people you will find yourself in negative situations, so be safe and smart about selecting your friends.

· Understand You Are An Important Part of the Human Race

Drug addiction does not distinguish between race, religion, or gender. As you may remember from your recovery program, everybody who was there was different from one another, but united in the hurt and damage that drug addiction can cause. Remember you are connected to the entire Human Race. If you remain aware that you are connected to everyone, you will never feel alone, and your chances of staying clean and sober will greatly increase. Helping others is a great way to occupy your time, and will fill you with pride and joy. Be sure to take some time helping others. No generous act is too small.

· Commune with Nature

Before you attended rehab, you most likely lost your sense of self in relation to your environment. If you reconnect with nature through taking walks, camping, skiing, eating healthy, or even recycling, you have a greater chance of remaining clean. There is a lot of therapeutic power in a daybreak stroll, watching a sunset, or eating healthy foods that you would be going backwards by returning to the false high, remorse and disgrace of drug use.

· Keep Your Things Tidy

This consists of your areas and everything in them. Keep your house clean and in order. You were probably required to keep your space clean in drug rehab; however, take this a step further and regarding how you spend your time and your energy. Think of this as preventive maintenance. Maintain the upkeep of your automobile so it is less likely to breakdown which would add stress to your life. Pay your bills on time so money issues do not build, which could bring stress to your life making relapse more probable. Remember keeping your "stuff" neat and organized can make alleviate stress making you less likely to relapse. It's really this simple.

· Get In Touch with Your Spirituality

This isn't about believing in God necessarily or joining a religion. This is about viewing yourself as a spiritual being - someone who creates, someone who can manifest his thoughts into reality, someone who wants to survive. Whatever you believe, you are a person with ideas. Now that you have graduated from rehab, your body and mind is free from chemicals that have hurt your creativity. If you envision yourself as an artist, then buy some paint. If you seek peace of mind, join a yoga class or practice meditation. If you feel linked to your spiritual self by attending church on Sundays, then go. The more you turn your ideas into positive, tangible creations, the less likely you are to crave a chemically induced state of mind.

· Understand That You Are Infinite

Look at not only yourself, but also the world as a whole and your role in it. It is vital to grasp that you and the world you live in are infinitely great, that you are not stuck to limited ideas, or restricted in what you can achieve. Cherish yourself. Cherish life. Cherish all that there is and all your potential, and you will discover that drugs no longer fit into your world and you will enjoy your drug free life.

Is through continued self improvement thoughts and actions and the support from others that recovery begins and flourishes. Believe in your future. Believe in yourself. Trust your support team. Live again. Smile.