How to Transition Out of Rehab
Are you considering entering a residential addiction treatment center? Or perhaps you are nearing the end of your stay at a rehab facility. Either way, you’re probably wondering what comes next and whether you’ll be able to cope. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 60% of addicts relapse after receiving treatment. To stay among the 40% who don’t, it’s important to take the time to plan your re-emergence into society. While everyone’s journey is unique, the tips below may help smooth your transition out of rehab.
Consider A Sober Living Facility
If you feel like you’re not quite ready to face regular life right after rehab, there are other options available. A sober-living facility can help buffer you from the old places, people, and pressures associated with everyday life. These facilities offer some of the benefits of inpatient rehab and provide a safe haven after your daily routine. Residents at these types of homes hail from a similar rehab environment, so you’re assured a sense of familiarity.Sober living facilities are a good halfway point for transitioning from rehab to normal life, especially for those who may feel intimidated by the thought of returning to their usual environment too quickly after rehab. mYou’ll receive fantastic support from everyone in residence and enjoy an environment similar to that of rehab, without as many restrictions. If you can’t afford to spend any more time isolated from loved ones or feel more prepared to return to everyday life, an intensive outpatient program is another good option.
Stay Connected With Your Support System
If you received addiction treatment in a facility that encourages interactions between patients, you’ve likely made a few friends along the way. You needn’t say goodbye to them when you leave. There are many support programs available for those leaving rehab, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, where individuals in recovery can offer each other continued support and encouragement. Attending meetings like these are an excellent way to stay connected with individuals who share the same goals.Additionally, studies show that Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs are the most effective way to maintain sobriety. They’re also a great place to receive useful advice for transitioning from rehab to independent living, and assistance to avoid relapse. Often, these groups will arrange safe, sober outings for their members too, allowing you to surround yourself with likeminded people who can help hold you accountable.
Take It Easy at First
When you leave rehab, it’s important to remember what contributed to your addictive behavior in the first place. Don’t launch yourself straight into the stresses and drama of daily life. That path is a shortcut back to your old behavior and can result in relapse. If possible, speak to your employer about what you’re going through. Their understanding and willingness to provide support and accommodations may surprise you.In addition to taking it easy at first, try to stick to the healthy habits you acquired during treatment. If nutrition or an exercise regimen were a part of your treatment, continue to incorporate these into your daily life. The golden rule of leaving rehab is to stick to a routine that can help ease the transition.
Ask For Help
While leaving rehab may appear challenging, there’s a good chance you’ll find other aspects of your life to be easier. For instance, it’s easier to perform well at work when you don’t have a hangover or dulled senses. You don’t need to worry about sneaking around to get your fix or hiding your addiction from employers and family anymore. Likewise, you might find some aspects of daily life more difficult. In an uncontrolled environment, it can be harder to combat temptation. You may also feel lonely as you’re no longer surrounded by people who understand exactly what you’re going through.Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it shows that you have enough character and intelligence to realize when you’re struggling. Finding a sponsor is a good option for most people embarking on their recovery journey. A sponsor can be a great ally during the your transition and can provide objective advice when you’re struggling with maintaining sobriety.
Understand Your Journey Is Just Beginning
Rehab isn’t a cure for addiction; it simply provides you with the time and guidance you need to start on your recovery journey. To enjoy lasting sobriety, you’ll still need to put in a lot of work. Attending counseling, sticking to a routine, and taking part in group therapy are some of the constructive ways to stay on track. Cutting ties with friends who don’t support your recovery or with unhealthy routines you practiced before treatment are also a way to stay on your road to recovery.
Find a Support Program Near You
Although the transition out of rehab might seem like a daunting prospect filled with pitfalls, you can get through it with the right support. At The Last Resort Recovery, we offer several aftercare programs to offer you the support you need to maintain sobriety after rehab. If you’re looking for a sober living facility, like our Last Resort Residences, or an Intensive Outpatient Program that allows you to transition to independent living, contact The Last Resort to learn more.