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As you are approaching the release of inpatient recovery, you must arm yourself with knowledge and form a relapse prevention plan. First, find out where there is a twelve-step program you can join near where you will be living and join it.

Know the signs

By now, you know the signs of relapse; these include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Fatigue
  • Boredom

If you have not formulated a plan to prevent relapses, it is time to start.

How to develop a plan for relapse prevention in Orange County

There are three main areas you need to plan for; these include

  • Physical health
  • Mental Health
  • Spiritual – whatever your belief, you need to feed the soul as well as the body and mind.

Physical health Orange County

Begin with a daily menu for a week. Then, plan your meals, five small meals a day; breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. For example, breakfast oatmeal with milk or almond milk, snack on an apple, lunch ½ of a sandwich or a small garden salad, snack on raw vegetables, and for dinner have a chicken breast with green beans and corn.

Drink plenty of water, your body needs to stay hydrated, and it also reduces cravings for junk food and things that are bad for you. Keep coffee consumption low, even decaf.

Exercise does more than help you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is a great stress reducer, reduces anxiety, and improves your mood by releasing endorphins. It also enables you to sleep better, which reduces fatigue. Plan to exercise a minimum of three times a week. Some great exercises for this purpose are:

  • Walking, hiking, or jogging
  • Swimming
  • Yoga is a fantastic exercise because it combines exercise with meditation
  • Play a pickup game of basketball, softball, toss a frisbee with a friend, or a game of tennis or golf.
  • Kickboxing or martial arts

Those exercises will help your physical body and improve your sleeping and mental mood.

Mental health California

When it comes to mental health, you must work through the issues that started your addiction; you can accomplish this by talking to someone, be it your spiritual leader, a counselor, or a very good friend.

Talking about your feelings helps keep your mental space uncluttered, allowing you to reduce the stress and anxiety that can build up.

Spiritual health Orange County

No matter what your beliefs, it is essential to feed your soul with positivity and faith. Many of the 12 step programs speak of a higher power. That is what feeds your soul and buoys your spirit in times of crisis.

That is why it is vital to reconnect to a church you used to attend or find one to connect with the people who go there.

Last, set realistic small daily and weekly goals for yourself. Begin with ones that may be slightly challenging, so you know you did so when you accomplish them. Too easy of a plan, and you can easily say that it is so easy I don’t have to complete it today.  

449 Recovery located in Orange County, California, or call 855.435.7449, we can help you understand the signs of relapse and how to formulate a plan.