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What Should I Do Between Therapy Sessions?

What Should I Do Between Therapy Sessions?

Once therapy ends, you almost feel as if you have been kicked out the door into life again. Being outside the doors of a therapist’s office can feel intimidating, particularly if you are struggling to figure out how to integrate all you are learning into daily living. Follow some of these tips for how to navigate life between therapy sessions.

Why Therapy Matters

Therapeutic support is critical for people in recovery from addiction. When you are first on the other side of detox and rehab, you are vulnerable to all kinds of things. Life is throwing new emotions, feelings, and ways of being in the world at you but you are still processing what just happened. When you walk out of the therapist’s office, or away from a group circle, it can feel overwhelming to deal with everything you just heard. You may take for granted that you have another session coming up soon, so it won’t be that hard to wait. In the meantime, you should not hesitate to speak up if you need specific support from your therapist to guide you ‘on the outside.’ You also do not need him or her to tell you what to do every waking moment, as that is not sustainable. The more work you put into therapy, the better you will become on your own.

Tips and Tricks

Getting motivated beyond the confines of therapy is what it is all about. Even if it feels intimidating at first, the best thing you can do is work on making progress towards your goals. The following are some ways to get there:

  • Focus on a grounding, centering thought to begin your day positively
  • Create a gratitude list
  • Set an intention for the day to revisit
  • Keep a journal to document your state of mind
  • Use creative outlets for art, music, and movement
  • Write a letter to your more dysfunctional self or the addictive side of you
  • Create a list of self-affirming statements to carry around
  • Find role models who have been sober and ask how they did it
  • Design a relapse prevention plan which includes self-care, improved nutrition, exercise, and sleep
  • Design a relapse prevention plan that includes self-care techniques, such as improved nutrition, exercise and sleep.
  • Make a CD or video tape with the kinds of encouraging statements you’d offer to someone you love.
  • Create a vision board with words and photos to reflect life you want
  • Rehearse a difficult conversation with someone
  • Read recovery books

What you practice outside the therapist’s office will be time well-spent. You are meeting with that person to receive guidance, not be controlled every second of the day. You are in control of your life so daily management is key when they are not around. It is possible to live a better life when you take time to be intentional and set goals for yourself to move forward.

Therapy is one support system for you among many you will need in recovery from addiction. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964