Sober Living and Self-Care After Inpatient Treatment

Sober Living and Self-Care After Inpatient Treatment

Self-care after inpatient rehab is vital to maintain sobriety. However, sober living can be challenging when we come out of rehabilitation treatment. More than likely, our perspectives have changed for bettering our goals, but we may face challenges when coming in contact with friends and environments that we are familiar with.

So, how can a person practice self-care and put their recovery first? The first positive step to ensuring we can be successful after inpatient rehab is to stay connected to recovery groups. This can be done individually, as a group, or through a 12-Step program. Whatever is selected, it can be a positive way of staying on the right path after inpatient rehab.

What Supports Sober Living and Self-Care After Inpatient Rehab?

When we come out of inpatient rehab, we may feel like the expectations are so great that it can cause us to feel discouraged. We succeed only through staying consistent with our goals and aftercare treatment plan. Discovering and learning all that we can about different practices and healthy routines we can implement on our new journey is sure to keep us lifted.

How to Maintain Sober Living and Self-Care

There are life-changing factors that we must realize are important for our self-care and sober living. Since our health is the most important thing to live a long life, it’s crucial to make good decisions that promote health, including the body and mind. Maintaining this well-being can make a big difference in energy levels and emotional state.

The living space that we call home must be our place of sanctuary and safety. We can secure our environment to fit our new lifestyle. We can remove things from our homes that promote negativity or substance abuse. This can create stability and help us to feel safe and motivated.

Finding purpose in our new journey is essential. When we feel that we add value to ourselves and others, it can create a sense of being needed. Everyone has a purpose. Integrating back into society with a different approach and habits can require some adjustment. We have to keep busy and keep moving.

We can keep ourselves on a positive path by creating meaningful daily routines. For example, getting a job can give us a fresh start for financial stability and independence. Activities such as volunteering, exercising, and going back to school can also provide purpose.

Keeping ourselves connected socially with positive people and or groups can have positive impacts on our self-care and sober living goals.

Coping Skills and Knowledge That Promote Self-Care and Sober Living

Now that we are much more mindful of how we communicate and respond to others, we open ourselves up to continue learning more ways to strive and have a better quality of life. When we think of self-care and sober living, we might think about what these two healthy aspects of life look like.

Having mindfulness, connecting with others, and appropriately responding to people and situations are coping skills we learned while in treatment. These coping skills give us the knowledge we need to thrive and continue growing in our new life and environments.

They are guides that, when used daily, can encourage us to do well one step at a time. As we go along this journey and remain consistent, the coping mechanisms we use can come naturally. They become a part of who we are. Through the good and bad moments, we are faced with, using positive knowledge and our coping skills can produce a new sense of living for self-care and sober living.

Self-Care, Sober Living, and Life After Inpatient Treatment

Stepping out into society after inpatient rehab can be nerve-wracking. There are likely so many obstacles and emotions that were experienced, and no one could possibly understand unless it had been them in our shoes. Inpatient treatment made us challenge ourselves. We faced a great number of mental battles.

Although inpatient rehab has positive benefits, it can negatively impact our moods. Inpatient rehab can produce anxiety, boredom, and pain. However, when we look at all of these things that we went through, we can also take pride in the fact that we overcame these obstacles. Due to this, we know what it is to practice self-care in order to maintain a sober lifestyle.

All the decisions that we have made to provide ourselves with a new and better quality of life can ensure long-term recovery. As long as we stay on the right path, we can be successful in our recovery. We do not have to hang on to the person we were in our past. Instead, making the decision to make a change in our life and live sober will build on our lives in prosperous ways.


If you or a loved one find yourself still struggling after inpatient treatment, there are resources available. Rather than looking back or resorting to old habits, seek additional help. You may have moments after treatment when you struggle to find hope, but with the right guidance, you can find it. Brazos Recovery Center has many options for continued treatment services. When inpatient treatment is over, and you re-enter society, it is essential to stay connected by checking in with someone or being a part of a support network. Brazos Recovery Center wants to help you stay living sober and practice self-care. Call us today at (254) 232-1550 to find success in sober living and self-

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.