Addiction recovery doesn’t end when a person finishes at rehab. Recovery is a lifelong pursuit of positive habit building, maintaining mental wellbeing and avoiding negative triggers that may lead to relapse.
Executives who leave rehab and enter back into their fast-paced, overwhelming and stress-induced work environments, though, may have a hard time avoiding relapse.
It can be easy to slip into old habits and get caught up in the culture that created an addiction in the first place.
This is especially true given that rehab is a safe and comfortable place to be – it’s designed to help people in recovery slow down, take stock and make space to overcome their unique challenges.
Leaving, then, can pose new challenges in the recovery journey.
Here’s how executives can stay sober beyond residential treatment programs.
It’s a tough transition to go from a safe and secure environment and back into the real world.
You may find yourself faced with common triggers or situations that spark bad habits. Old friends, certain family members and burnout at work, for instance, are all things you’ll likely face as you return to normality, and these may be the things that caused an addiction to form in the first place.
Knowing how your ‘real life’ affects you and how to spot the signs of negative habit forming, then, will help you protect yourself against relapse.
To help with this, there are a few things you can begin to do when you leave a residential treatment program, including:
Whatever it is, your life after rehab shouldn’t look the same as your life prior to it. After all, it was this old routine that caused you to feel burned out, unhappy and unfulfilled, and this led you to rehab in the first place.
Instead, encourage new and healthier habits to form, and set firm boundaries with those around you to ensure that you’re focusing on becoming your best self and not falling into old routines.
Sober living homes (or halfway houses) are becoming increasingly more popular. They’re an effective middle ground between rehab and real life, and they allow you to loosen the reigns of specialist support and manage those negative triggers that still exist in your everyday life.
By attending a sober living home, executives can slowly begin to return to the workplace and venture back into the real world, all while learning how to apply the tools and techniques from rehab into their everyday environment.
Halfway houses add a layer of stability and insulation for executives recovering from addiction, and they help them avoid relapse. What’s more, they’re a great way to form social connections with others who have experienced addiction and form a strong support network prior to going home.
A strong support network is one of the best things you can establish as you’re leaving rehab.
After all, humans depend on humans to make good decisions and maintain healthy habits. We’re creatures of influence, and it’s easy to fall back into old addictions. Without good people around you, it can be difficult to remain sober when rehab ends.
And the benefits of remaining sober are too good to miss out on.
Besides the health benefits and the feeling of being in control of your life again, sobriety helps you:
Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction might be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do (much harder than the 80 hours a week you were working way back when). It’s a lifelong commitment, and by making the effort, you can find yourself with newfound strength and fulfilment in your life.
In turn, you can find yourself happy once again.
To find out how White River Manor can help you stay sober, contact our specialists today.Giles Fourie
Research generously and continuously supports ecotherapy as a key benefit to mental health.
In fact, just the suggestion of nature seems to improve human mental health.
A study carried out by Mind found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outdoors. They noted a change from depressed, stressed and anxious, to calm and balanced.
Numerous other studies have supported the mental health benefits of the great outdoors, especially when connected to exercise, such as hiking, cycling and running.
Here’s what you should know about how hiking and the great outdoors improves wellness.
Natural environments have been found to have restorative elements, which can ultimately give your mental health a boost.
The following mental health benefits give you ample reason to get out and get active. Your mind and body will benefit.
Ecotherapy, also known as nature or green therapy, comes from the belief that people and their psyches are not separate from their environment.
As such, connection with the Earth is a core part of ecotherapy. It recognizes the mental health benefits of the great outdoors and seeks to connect its participants with them.
South Africa has numerous options for those seeking to experience the mental and physical benefits nature provides.
Believe it or not, people travel from around the world to experience hiking and trekking in South Africa.
Here are some top hikes to experience during a stay in South Africa. You’ll see firsthand how hiking improves wellness.
There’s no shortage of activities in South Africa and Kruger National Park which is located just 17kms from White River Manor is one of the best destinations to experience activities in the great outdoors.
Located in northeastern South Africa, Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. While you may think it’s reserved purely for safaris and game drives, there are also plenty of ways you can experience the park whilst staying active.
Here are some ideas.
Cycling is renowned for its positive benefits to mental health and just like hiking, cycling in South Africa provides amazing scenery as well as a way to see the country.
There are some excellent cycling routes for beginners and pros along the banks of the White River and throughout the region of Mpumalanga, from easy flat 3km trails to pro mountain bike trails.
With just 20 to 30 minutes spent in nature each day, ecotherapy will help towards improving your mental health and wellness.
There’s no excuse NOT to get outside and get active. And South Africa boasts a huge range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and walking safaris.
Contact us today if you’d like a confidential and free chat with one of our highly-trained professionals.Giles Fourie
Once you have taken the decisive step towards professional help. Your choice of where to undergo treatment should be based on finding a centre that closely matches your rehabilitation goals and offers an encompassing and safe environment.
There is a much greater likelihood of success when you have access to treatment that has a high success record treating patients with the same needs as your own.
There are basic personal and environmental factors around making the decision to undertake recovery for addiction, depression or executive burnout. The most important are family life or personal relationships, career and economic status.
Another important consideration is the ability to remove yourself from routine and from the cycle of life that we are stuck in.
A fresh perspective and a different environment can be hugely impactful in aiding recovery and heading abroad can be just the tonic you need to change your life for the better.
South Africa is renowned for offering exceptional quality travel and accommodation.
Over the last few years, the South African Rand has seen a substantial depreciation against the Sterling and Euro, which makes South Africa excellent value for money as a travel destination and an excellent choice for clients looking for a luxury rehabilitation program.
The benefits are boundless, but some of the main reasons our clients chose South Africa as the location for their successful recovery include.
White River Manor is a resort-style facility located in a beautiful tranquil setting in the heart of South Africa, just 17 minutes from the Kruger National Park. We provide modern luxury addiction and wellness treatment in a five-star environment.
We are able to do this at a fraction of the cost our clients would pay in the UK, Europe or the US.
Travelling abroad for treatment means you can benefit from a professional team with decades of experience without sacrificing the quality of treatment you deserve.
Nature has a profound effect on our wellbeing. Research shows that spending time in nature, even viewing natural scenery, helps reduce stress, fear and anxiety. We start to feel physically and emotionally better, and our vitality increases.
South Africa is well-positioned to offer everything needed for effective recovery from burnout, depression and substance abuse.
During your stay, you’ll get to explore the magnificent region, enjoying a myriad of outdoor activities which play an essential role in addiction recovery.
This is an opportunity to live in the moment and let nature and wildlife restore you to optimum health and wellbeing
White River Manor is a private rehabilitation centre built within a 100-year-old English estate with tranquil mature gardens. Located on the White River in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, the peaceful setting is ideal for those who want to disconnect from a life of bad habits and to maximise the potential of their time in treatment and recovery.
We practice a 360º holistic method of therapy using a combination of Western psychotherapy and Eastern wellness practices in an environment where clients feel safe, supported and connected.
Our all-inclusive 28-day programs start from just £11,000 (12,500 €). A significantly lower cost compared to British and European treatment centres, and with the added benefit of spending time in a five-star South African lodge situated in a magnificent and natural environment.
There is no better place to undertake your journey of recovery. Contact us today for more information.