There are a few keys to finding lasting wellness and sobriety, no matter what road you are on. The best part is that your time at Renaissance Ranch has uniquely prepared you for the steps you will take to find health and abstinence in recovery.
First, know that at Renaissance Ranch, your treatment does not end when your inpatient treatment comes to a close. Your care is our top priority, whether you are just entering the facility, transitioning to an alumnus, or have been out of the program for years. You will always have us to rely on, with counseling and support when you need it.
Second, remember what you learned in your program. Understand that you are in recovery for a reason, and it is because you were brave and asked for help. Now is the time to surround yourself with the tools that can keep you healthy and sober for a lifetime.
Third, lean on your brothers. The Band of Brothers alumni program at Renaissance Ranch is not just a peer support group. It is an elite band of sober warriors dedicated to recovery for themselves and you.
Last, know there are many paths to wellness. No matter who you are, no matter what your walk of life is, sobriety is within your grasp. You just have to reach out and take it.
One Day at a Time
In recovery, you are in recovering care. By the nature of it, continuing care means it came after your initial treatment.
The tools you were given and the things you learned during your inpatient treatment stay with you in recovery. Use the coping skills you learned to deal with the everyday pitfalls and crises that may come up. The power to change is within you. Do not be afraid to use it.
Do not forget about your group and individual therapy sessions. These are also tools you can use to stay on track in recovery. In individual therapy, you and your counselor can discuss any of the issues bothering you. In your group, you can share with the other members and listen to their stories, drawing encouragement from your mutual struggles and learning how each of you overcame adversity.
One Foot in Front of the Other
No matter who you are or where you are in life, there are going to be times when we encounter unexpected obstacles. You can plan as much as you want, but you will always have to adjust your plans for the unexpected.
For those in recovery, part of the unexpected is resisting the temptations and triggers that lead to substance abuse. Sobriety is the goal, and it is your mission to succeed. As you learned in the program, sometimes you just have to take one day at a time, one step at a time, one minute at a time.
When you find yourself in these situations, it is important to remember a few rules that can help you.
- Accept that you have an addiction. You are not a god, but you do have the power to resist that addiction and choose to be sober.
- Practice honesty no matter what, with yourself and with other people.
- Use the coping skills you have learned and be open to new skills that can help you cope with troubling situations.
- Keep going to your individual and group therapy. It works.
- Practice self-care. Part of self-care is learning to say no and protecting yourself from dangerous situations.
- Understand that you are still in recovery, and you may need to ask for help.
- Associate with people who support your recovery.
- Develop healthy habits and social circles which celebrate sobriety.
- When you look at yourself, choose to see yourself as you are: a healthy, sober individual.
Leaning On Your Brothers
You began your sober journey with us when you entered the treatment program. Now that you are in recovery, your journey is just beginning.
The Band of Brothers alumni program is not just a group of men who provide peer support to you. You are a member of the Band of Brothers, too. As an alumnus of Renaissance Ranch, you will always be a part of these elite sobriety warriors.
Whether you need someone to talk to or some peer advice, you can find that support when you are paired with one of the older peer mentors of the group. Participate in the Band of Brothers activities, whether it is hiking, having a barbeque, or golf tournaments. Whatever activities you like, the Band of Brothers has something to offer you.
Your brothers are there for you to lean on. With them, you too can find hope in recovery.
Finding Wellness in Every Possibility
Even after treatment, you will still need to find what works best for you. Some people find success in 12-Step programs, while others learn more when they transition to sober living situations and begin building a sober life. Whatever path you take, the choice is up to you.
There are many possibilities on the path to wellness and recovery. With the help of the professionals at Renaissance Ranch, you will find the ones that work for you. When you are in doubt, follow these simple steps in recovery:
- Remember that the professionals at Renaissance Ranch are always here for you to support and affirm you in recovery.
- Recall what you learned in the program and apply it to your life.
- Know your friends in the Band of Brothers alumni support program have your back.
- No matter your path, you can choose the right way to wellness.
Your friends at Renaissance Ranch stand committed to bringing you all the way into a lifetime of sobriety and recovery. When the stress of facing obstacles gets to you, remember these important steps in achieving wellness. First, know that your treatment does not end when you finish inpatient therapy, and at Renaissance Ranch, we are here whether you are just starting the program or are ten years in recovery. Second, remember the coping skills you learned in treatment. Third, know that the Band of Brothers stands tall beside you, ready to help you every step along the way. Last, understand that there are many paths to wellness, and you will find one that is right for you. While you are at it, give Renaissance Ranch a call at (801) 308-8898 and talk to a caring professional about anything that is bothering you. We are only a phone call away.