The day has come, you’re sober and ready to leave treatment! It is an exciting time, but also very nerve-wracking. A drug rehab program is a protected environment with lots of support – how will you fare once you’re dealing with the stress and pressures of the real world?
Strong facilities help to prepare you for the transition. They’ll work with you to understand your specific needs and concerns and create a plan for problems to watch for and for continuing treatment. This can include working with counselors, family members, and support groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Before you leave a drug rehab program, many facilities will hold a family week where those close to you, including your spouse, children, parents, siblings, or other loved ones, can come to learn more about substance abuse and how to support you once you leave. Relapse is always a threat, and having support is crucial. Even if your facility doesn’t offer a family week, consider asking them if they can take some time to speak with your family members about how to help you lead a healthy life beyond rehab, the warning signs of a relapse and how to best stage an intervention if needed.
Risk of Relapse
About one-third of people who undergo treatment will achieve abstinence (completely eliminating addictive substances) after their first try. That leaves two-thirds who will end up needing more treatment. It’s important to know this so that you understand that relapse is often a part of the recovery process. This doesn’t mean that treatment doesn’t work. Even if you do have a relapse, treatment can help you in other ways, such as:
- Reducing the number and severity of relapses
- Decreasing other problems related to substance abuse, such as crime and health issues
- Reduce the impact that your addiction has on your children
- Improve your ability to function in daily life
- Strengthen your ability to cope with temptation
After all your hard work, a relapse can be discouraging. Many people view it as a failure, but instead look at it another way: an opportunity to learn. You can recognize the mistakes you made and use them to correct your course of treatment.
Finding New Interests
One of the challenges that many people face after attending a drug rehab program is returning to their previous social group. In many cases, these people may still be using drugs or engaging in activities where drugs are readily available. This can make it harder to stay clean.You can help cope with this challenge by finding new activities, interests, and friends that add meaning to your life – without the need for drugs. Some ways to do that include:
- Finding a new hobby
- Adopting a pet
- Becoming involved in volunteer work
- Setting goals
- Taking a class
- Joining a church
- Staying healthy
- Engaging in regular exercise
Many addicts hurt their friends and family members while they are abusing drugs. Even though you are now clean and those actions were done while under the influence, you may still find that your loved ones are angry, hurt, and cautious around you. It may take time to rebuild trust; work on being patient and understanding. It’s a process.
You can also help by being accountable for your whereabouts or even allowing them access to your email and phone. Allowing this kind of transparency can help alleviate some of their doubts and worries. Still having trouble? Consider seeking couples counseling or family therapy.
Your facility will set you up with a plan for continuing treatment after you are released, but it’s important that you follow through. Also, if you feel that the aftercare isn’t meeting your needs, it’s okay to go back to your facility for additional recommendations. There are a wide range of options, including individual counseling sessions, group therapy, education programs, and 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Many rehab centers will even recommend that you attend meetings daily, particularly for the first few months after release.
Halfway Houses and Transition Living
In some cases, you may not want to return home after completing a drug rehab program, particularly if you will be subject to temptations in your household (such as other users) or if you lack family support. This is where halfway houses and transitional living facilities can be helpful. Look for a house that requires drug tests, which are done at random. This will help you to stay clean and also help ensure that you are only around other people who are working hard to stay clean, too. If you won’t have a car, be sure to pick a living space that’s close to public transportation or located near your continuing treatment. Back to Resources
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