Life After Inpatient Rehab. Those who are coming to the end of an initial, successful stay as an inpatient at an established rehabilitation facility need to be ready to enter their day-to-day world with the many challenges this new life will bring.
This article is the 1st of 2. They will give tips on how to successfully progress the important sobriety lessons taken on board during their time spent as an inpatient.
Completing inpatient rehab is a big step, but…
Recovery is a continuous process that takes time to sink in for many. This is why a person needs to be as fully prepared as possible before leaving the ‘managed’ environment of inpatient rehab. Over the 2 articles we will touch on things that have to be taken into consideration and prepared for. These will make the transition less stressful and more successful.
Intense counselling and profound learning achieved:
Life After Inpatient Rehab. Those who have successfully spent 30, 60 or 90 days as an inpatient will have been subject to intensive, successful counselling. Both on a one-to-one basis and as a group. They will also have picked up skills that need to be utilized for long-term sobriety.
In the days leading up to the end of this initial inpatient rehab treatment program it is important to go over the key lessons learnt and to determine not to go back to old ways. Do not be afraid to write out cards that indicate what should be prioritized with bullet points as to how this can be achieved. Here are some to get you started:
Time to move location?
This is something that should be seriously considered. It may well be a big step. But, if it keeps you on the straight and narrow in terms of sobriety then the effort involved will have been well worthwhile.
If your current neighbourhood presents too many memories and temptations in terms of purchasing and using substances then you are better off out of it.
If you are passing drug dealers on a regular basis. Seeing bars where you used to spend huge amounts of time. Or are within easy distance of a drug house that is still active then you are putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Also you are inviting relapse triggers to come calling.
While the new neighbourhood may not be free of drugs it should be a one where there are other things to keep you occupied. One that allows you to forge new friendships.
Life After Inpatient Rehab – Finding sober friends:
Forming addiction is often begun and cemented through time spent with friends who are of a like-mind. If close friends are using substances to excess it is often quite natural that a person will fall into these ways. This person could be affected far more than others in their group.
This makes sober friends a vital resource for anyone going through recovery. Establishing a group of sober friends will help temptation levels for substance use drop substantially.
Life After Inpatient Rehab. In the 2nd part of this article we will look at what responsibility a person must take to help progress their treatment. By following the tips given this will help a recovering addict reintegrate into society while limiting temptations that are undoubtedly around every corner.
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