You’ve successfully detoxed, and successfully rehabbed, but now what? Completing a rehab program successfully is no small feat, but what about life after rehab? Staying sober is a lifelong process. Which means having a long-term plan, and a long-term support group, is necessary to keep living a happy, healthy life.
Addiction can be a severe obstacle to overcome. Many people think that going through a 28 or 60-day program is enough to get their life back to normal. Nothing could be further from the truth, and that notion severely underestimates the significance of substance abuse.
Getting yourself back to life as usual after addiction can take a while. The good news, however, is that there are people and programs available to help you get there.
Life will be very different after coming out of rehab. Co-workers, friends, and family may see you in a new light now that you’ve completed your program. You may even need to find new friends and social outlets to help maintain your new healthy lifestyle. Going back to your old circle of friends, and doing the things you used to do, may be harmful to your recovery. In fact, it may even lead to relapse.
You will be faced with difficult choices in your new life. The important thing to remember when faced with these choices is to always choose the positive option. The option that will be best for you, and support your new lifestyle, in the long run.
Life After Rehab
When a patient leaves rehab, and returns to friends, family, coworkers, and hobbies, cravings and temptations are bound to arise. For this reason, it’s important to develop relationships with drug-free people. Relationships with these people will be healthier than relationships you’ve held in the past, and can give you the opportunity to find new social outlets. Social outlets that don’t revolved around drinking alcohol or abusing other substances.
Detox and rehab are not the end of your journey. That’s why it is so important to have a plan in place for your life outside of rehab. What can you do, and who can you lean on, to maintain your sobriety? Fortunately, there are treatment providers available to help you through your new life after rehab.
Long-Term Support Choices
Your time after rehab should be focused on your growth, and continually progressing toward enjoying your new life. Exploring your options, and choosing an option for long-term support, is crucial in maintaining your growth. Failure to develop a long-term plan for your life after rehab can lead to bad decisions, and ultimately lead to relapse.
Luckily, there are several options available for patients to get continued support after leaving rehab. One such option is social groups that are focused around sobriety. These groups celebrate sobriety, and can help keep members clean and hold them accountable.
This accountability, and feeling of being cared for, can be enough to keep members motivated to stay on their new, clean path. Joining a church, or pursuing hobbies focused around a positive, healthy lifestyle, can also be helpful in this regard.
Mindfulness, yoga, stretching, and meditation are a few of the activities that are widely-prescribed during rehab. Patients may choose to continue to pursue these activities during their life after rehab. These hobbies can help patients to stay around positive, growth-oriented people. They may also help patients maintain a low stress level after rehab which, in turn, will prevent them from turning back to their substance of choice.
Another support choice for life after rehab would be therapy sessions. Therapy sessions are often used during recovery, as well, because addiction is not just a chemical issue. There is a behavioral aspect to substance abuse, and a good counselor or therapist will recognize this.
Certain triggers, situations, and habits can cause a person to start using. Fighting them can be a lifelong battle. The therapy sessions during recovery help people to become aware of these patterns. And after recovery, therapy sessions can help patients to develop more tools to cope with these behaviors, as well as develop their resolve against them.
Checking In With Your Counselor
Regularly-scheduled check-ups with a mental health professional can help to hold patients accountable. These may even include physical check-ups with your standard doctor.
Scheduling check-ups can help ensure that you stay on-track with your progress, but don’t have to feel strict like a chore. They can be as frequent or as infrequent as you choose, just as long as they are doing their job of keeping you on the “straight and narrow”. In fact, some patients go in for check-ups as little as four times per year. This helps you to stay on track, but also feel free to live your life.
12-step programs have been part of life after rehab for decades. You can choose from general programs, or programs concerning a specific substance. The original, and most well-known, substance abuse program is Alcoholics Anonymous. But programs today have grown to include Narcotics Anonymous, and even programs specific to drugs like crack cocaine.
People of a specific age group, gender, or race may also find programs catered to them as well. Substance abuse in teens presents its own individual set of problems and emotional triggers. Substance abuse in the teen age bracket is becoming more popular. People going through substance abuse at that time of their life may feel more comfortable talking with their peers, rather than people much older than them. Thankfully, now, they have the opportunity to do so.
Consult A Medical Professional
The road to recovery is not an easy one. The challenges, temptations, and old habits of everyday life will still be there when you get out. Discussing your long-term recovery game plan with a medical professional, or mental health professional, will set you up for success.
Life after rehab is a long-term commitment. Don’t be afraid to lean on others for help and support. At any point, if you need somewhere to turn for help or resources, don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional.
Just Believe Recovery Center is always here as an option for information, or treatment if needed.
As always, nothing beats having a tight-knit support group of family members there for you as you begin your new, healthy life.