What Comes after Rehab?
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Now that you or your loved one have taken the steps to recovery and are finally ready to move on, what should you except after rehab? This can be a time of uncertainty and perhaps fear of relapse, but by taking the right measures and striving towards better living, you can ensure that your recovery will be a permanent one.
Network of Support
It is critical to find support once you are home and back into your daily routine, especially after you have spent time in rehab, where you may have grown accustomed to consistent support and advice. According to NIDA, follow up care can include components such as family-based therapy as well as group therapy. Joining a support group of individuals who have gone through similar experiences can make all the difference for how well you stay on track and maintain a positive mindset. It is also important to connect with your friends and family and draw from the support that they can provide, as they can help keep you accountable and positive during difficult times.
Change of Routine
In order to avoid temptations in your daily life, this may call for a change in routine compared to your life before rehab. If certain places or people would pose more of a temptation for relapse, it would be in your best interest to avoid such people or places. Your new daily routine will probably require some adjustments in order to ensure that you are living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding any risks of relapse. This may include deciding to spend less time with acquaintances that might influence you to take up old habits, but rather finding a community that wants to see you grow.
Increased Quality of Life
According to an article on NCBI, substance abuse therapy is a goal-based therapy that is designed to stop abuse of substances. By taking the correct steps towards recovery, and maintaining this healthy lifestyle after rehab, you can greatly enhance your quality of life. No longer will you have to deal with effects that addiction and substance abuse cause, but instead you can live clean and enjoy this second chance. There may be difficult times where you feel tempted to fall back into your old lifestyle, but with a proper support group and accountability, you can push through any struggles and continue with your new lifestyle. Routine follow-ups with a doctor or therapist may even be beneficial to hold you accountable and to make sure that your health is all in check, in order to ensure the best overall health for you. It is important to note that recovery is not an overnight process.
If you or a loved one is approaching this change and have questions or concerns, just call 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?) to speak with a caring specialist who can walk you through this next step. Rehab is just one part of the recovery journey; the rest of the story continues at home afterwards and in the years of your life to come.