Kim Richard’s recent arrest and re-entry into an alcohol and drug rehab center is proof of how easy it is to relapse if you put yourself in an environment where alcohol and drugs are readily available. While you are in a facility, your environment is controlled and your exposure to unhealthy elements is limited. Once you leave, you are left to your own devices. Choosing to expose yourself to situations where the access to drugs and alcohol is unlimited dramatically increases your chances of a relapse.

Rehab facilities are designed to provide a safe environment for their clients. Classes and counseling is available that will provide you with the tools you need to face addiction and overcome the temptation of taking that first drink or accepting what someone offers you. It is your willingness to move past the addiction that will allow you to use those tools and remain sober.

When you leave the rehab facility, there are several things you can do to prevent a relapse. They include:

  • Surround yourself with positive influences – Friends and family who are willing to support your efforts to remain sober will be your biggest asset.

  • Avoid environments where you know drugs and alcohol will be present – Limiting your exposure to drugs and alcohol will greatly reduce your risk of a relapse.

  • Make new friends – Many times, it’s your old acquaintances that expose you to the things you are trying to avoid.

Taking the first step towards sobriety means admitting you have a problem. The next step is finding the help you need to succeed. The right rehab facility can help get you back on track. With the right mindset and the willingness to make the appropriate changes, facing addiction and beating it will become a lifestyle instead of a challenge.