What Can Be Expected When Moving From Rehabilitation to Recovery?

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The journey to a sober recovery can be long and difficult, and there will be many questions along the way. It is helpful to know what to expect from drug rehab and recovery and so you can be prepared for this important step in your life.

Rehab is the most intensive, regulated part of your road to recovery. It is during drug and alcohol rehab that you will meet with therapists regularly and participate in a structured program. It is during this time that you will detox from your substance, learn how to function without it, and work to heal the underlying emotional and psychological issues that have contributed to your addiction. If you take part in a rehab program, you will be surrounded by staff and others in recovery who are pushing for your success, and the temptation to use will be lessened by the fact that there won’t be access to drugs or alcohol in the program.

Continuing the Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

For many, heading back home and continuing in recovery is the hard part. It is when you return to your real life, family, and job that you experience the stress and triggers to use. Your old friends with drugs might come offering temptations and you will be further removed from the recovery community. There will be days that you feel weak or low. These are the days that you need to recall what you learned in rehab and be willing to reach out and ask for help.

When you know you will face these things, you can meet them with preparedness and confidence. Have a plan in place to relieve stress in a healthy way. Have someone you can call to offer support when you feel weak and do what you can to remove triggers and substances from your everyday life. Drug and alcohol addiction recovery means you have to be aware and alert at all times so you can avoid relapse. It also means you should implement the skills you have learned so that you can remain sober and substance-free.

Recovery from substance abuse is a long process, but you can do it. Know what to expect as you transition back home and be confident that you are armed and supported so that your addiction recovery will succeed.

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  • Deb Lindstrom says:

    I plan on coming to treatment for co-occurring conditions; much based on PTSD. You say after leaving treatment, if you are feeling weak and afraid you will relapse, well, consider this situation.

    I have TWO count emotional, TWO relatives to my name. A husband and a son. Both detest me for having gotten so emotionally bad I could no longer work and ended up on Social Security Disability for it. Yes, it was that bad. Being around their wakefulness for the past 6 years since I haven’t been able to work is like being around non-stop triggers. I broke my leg and hip. Had to go on opiates thereafter, and the opiates replaced the only people left in my life: an angry son, and an angry husband who constantly threatens to leave me. He first told me he was walking out on me when he learned I couldn’t hold a job any longer and instead of the higher salary I was earning than he was, now we’d have to make do with my SS Disability checks.

    So yeah, call a friend? We live in a rural area. I have no friends to call. I have no family to count on.

    I’d just as soon walk out myself but I’ve nowhere to go…not on my Social Security income.

    What to do?