The Road To Recovery: Life After Rehab

What Life After Rehab is Like?

Going through rehab takes a lot of strength and resilience, but the end results can be very rewarding. Life after rehab can be even more rewarding when the individual continues to exhibit the same strength and resilience. However, life after rehab can be very challenging from some. During rehab individuals are in supervised facilities and receiving treatment daily, and the environment protects patients from drugs and alcohol. But once rehab is over and you transition back into the real world, your environment can present you with many triggers relapse. Going home after rehab can be triggering for some, especially if they are returning to an environment where they have easy access to drugs and/or alcohol. During rehab it is important to develop effective coping skills to help combat against relapse. Most drug treatment centers will provide you with an aftercare treatment plan which is designed to help maintain abstinence and aid in your continuous recovery. Good preparation for life after rehab during treatment is the key to a successful recovery. All of the the triggers that you were faced with before treatment may still be awaiting you once you have completed treatment. You need to be readily prepared to face these triggers and successfully combat against them for a continuous recovery.

Dealing With Triggers After Rehab

One of the biggest challenges individuals are faced with when they finish rehab is dealing with triggers after rehab. One's environment can be a trigger for relapse. If upon completing treatment and going home after rehab an individual returns to an environment where drugs are available and easily accessible, the person is at high risk for relapse. An important part of treatment is developing a relapse prevention plan for after treatment. A relapse prevention plan can play a vital role in helping an individual maintain their sobriety long-term. An effective relapse prevention plan would include some of the following.

  • Identifying triggers for relapse
  • Managing cravings
  • Avoiding high risk situations and environments
  • Developing new habits and behaviors to replace old drug using habits and behaviors
  • Developing a strong supportive network
  • Attending aftercare treatment or 12 step meetings
  • Creating an emergency relapse prevention plan to manage high risk situations
  • Learning to manage emotions and stressors

No matter how challenging life after rehab may be, it's important to stay committed to your recovery. The road to recovery won't be easy but it will be worth it in the end! Even if you have a bad day or possibly relapse, don't give up on yourself. Always be sure to follow your emergency relapse prevention plan and get started back on your road to recovery.

Helping Someone After Rehab

If your loved one just completed rehab, life after rehab is going to be one of their biggest challenges. That's why your support is so important. Helping someone after rehab can be one of their biggest buffers against relapse. During treatment and after treatment, your loved one will need all the support they can get. Support plays a vital role in relapse recovery, it would be very challenging for a person to overcome drug abuse or addiction with no network of support. You can support your loved one in the following ways:

  • Be a listening ear for when they need to talk or simply vent
  • Help create a substance-free environment which encourages sobriety and avoids creating temptation to relapse
  • Do not be judgmental or condemning, accept that person and encourage them as they try to make positive changes in their life
  • Be patient, even when your loved one relapses or has a bad day
  • Encourage and actively participate in developing healthy habits (i.e. cooking, exercising, etc.)

By supporting your loved one after they have completed treatment, you can help them stay sober! Recovery from substance abuse and addiction are much easier when individuals in recovery have the support of their friends and family members. Helping someone after rehab will be one of the most rewarding feelings once you realize that they are maintaining their sobriety and successfully recovering.

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