Knowing What’s After Rehab is Critical to the Recovery Process
The goal of treatment is always to pass to you the the skills you need in life to live a sober life and to manage stresses and challenges. Success after rehab means that these skills are vital to your success.
Unfortunately, some people think that completing rehab means they’re recovered. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rehab (aka “detox”) is nothing more than purging the toxins from one’s body. Programs usually run 30-120 days which is not really enough time to dig into the underlying causes of addiction.
Before Going Home
Before you head home or out into the world, you’ll need to work with your recovery treatment staff identify the triggers that fueled your addiction. In that period right after rehab, you’ll want to have some confidence that you are continuing to develop the skills necessary to face potential relapse triggers.
Life after rehab means you’ll need to have back-up plans for unexpected situations. It is also will have a list of people to call and and knowing what actions you should take when the need arises.
Immediately after rehab, you need to commit your action plans to memory. Fortunately, there will be time to do that in your next stage of recovery. This next stage is usually a sober living home. These homes allow you to live in a setting where you can learn the skills necessary to deal with life after rehab.
These are often group homes, where you can draw on the support of other like-minded individuals, all while under the strict supervision of case managers and treatment specialists. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to seek support in any number of counseling sessions, one-on-one sessions, and cognitive therapy. There’s even job training and educational assistance programs.
Sober living is a great way to transition back into society, with new coping mechanisms and new personal and professional skills.
Success after rehab depends largely on your aftercare plan. You didn’t get addicted overnight, and you likely weren’t using for just a few weeks of your life, so no one can expect you to be prepare to live a sober live after 30-120 days.
A proper aftercare program includes all of the therapy, counseling and support you’ll receive in sober living. The period after rehab isn’t time to proclaim that you’ve achieved full sobriety, it’s time to enact the second phase of your addiction treatment process.
This will for sure mean sober living (sometimes also called a “halfway house” or “transitional living.”) Studies show that the longer you stay in such a facility, the greater your chances of success. Most experts recommend a period of 6-9 months.
A facility like TDRC offers a holistic approach, and leverages adventure therapy and even hot yoga as ways to build the spirit, shape the body and develop the mind.
Going home after a few months in sober living will be an anxiety-filled experience. You may think you’re fully prepared to cope with the people and things that fueled your addiction, but that’s not always the case. If you’ve followed our program to the letter, you will likely find that life feels “different” after treatment at The District Recovery Community.
Everyday will mean more milestones – maybe you passed up a liquor store, or don’t spend time getting high with friends on any given day. These milestones are strong hints that it’s time to start filling your calendar with other activities to keep your mind and body active.
If you did go home, this will surely mean new friends, new hangouts and new sports or activities. If you come from a small town, you’ll like realize it’s time for you to go somewhere else. You have to remember that there is nothing in your life more important than your sobriety. If friends or family are not contributing to your sobriety, it’s time to distance yourself from all relationships that are not conducive to your sobriety. There can be no loyalty for “old time’s sake,” or “history” or even commitments – if it is not fueling your recovery, it’s risking your relapse.
People, Places, Things
If you’re working the steps from the 12 step program, you’re already familiar with this concept. Recovery and sobriety count on you change past habits. Easier said then done? Not really.
In a great article from 2016, Bella Lindauer writes of her own experiences:
“First, identify possible triggers. Write them down. Make a list. One thing that really helped me was to journal about triggers as they came about and explain to myself why these things brought about the feeling they did. Here’s another tip: make sure you associate feelings and thoughts with the trigger. If going down a certain street makes your gut bubble and feel anxious then write down why that is. Maybe talk to yourself. I know that self-talk seems a little crazy but it helps a lot.
Next, eliminate people that don’t have YOUR best interest at heart. One thing that I noticed in early recovery is that it seemed like every dope dealer I had, or friend I used with, was suddenly willing to hook me up! For free! It was like they knew I was clean and wanted to bait, hook and reel me right back into addiction. We all know how it is to be in the midst of our illness. The high is all we care about and we are very self-serving.
In recovery, it is okay to be a little selfish, too. Do what’s best for you and cut off people who don’t want to see you succeed. Misery loves company, remember that. And if it is someone that is a good friend or family member, love them from a distance. Maybe explain to them that you care for them but right now it’s not a healthy choice to have them in your life right now. I had to do it to several friends, and it hurt, but it didn’t hurt as bad as being strung out.”
In summary, if you’ve just come from a few months in rehab and several more in sober living, but somehow thing you can return to the same surroundings and people without difficulty, you’re kidding yourself.
This is part of the reason so many people leave their hometown/state when seeking recovery treatment and why the often don’t return to their former living arrangements after.
Maintain an Ongoing Relationship With Us
Your relationship with TDRC doesn’t end when you leave. We are always just a phone call or email away. We prefer check-ins on regular intervals, but we’re always happy to jump on a call or chat by email if you find yourself struggling. All of us here at TDRC have been through it already and we know that sobriety depends upon support.