If a beloved friend or family member has successfully completed a treatment program at a rehabilitation center, then you probably already realize that the battle isn’t over for him/her. While in a facility, patients are given individualized care and access to abundant resources. However, when treatment ends, a formerly addicted individual faces the immense challenge of staying sober in an environment full of triggers. It’s crucial for a recovered addict to develop a solid “game plan” for life post-treatment to facilitate a healthier, happier existence that will minimize the likelihood of rebounding.
Build and Maintain Relationships:It’s important for former addicts to develop meaningful relationships with competent, trusting individuals who will encourage a heightened sense of accountability. Loneliness and isolation are major contributors to drug and alcohol abuse; therefore, securing a solid network of support and encouragement is pivotal in the quest for maintaining sobriety.
Stay Connected to Professionals Who Can Help: Aside from personal accountability with trusted friends and family members, professional help is crucial for the newly-recovered addict. Regular visits to a counselor or physician will encourage and motivate individuals to make healthier choices and set personal goals. Creating a fitness plan, planning outlets for personal development activities, such as keeping a journal, and openly discussing any physical or mental challenges are some of the target goals of any visit with a medical/mental health professional.
Accept the Challenges of a New Life, Post-Addiction:Most importantly, perhaps, is the need to accept that life is very different for the individual who survived addiction and is now following a new path. It’s crucial to accept the past and move forward with renewed purpose, and, to accomplish this, honesty is key. Perhaps the job-related and personal commitments pre-recovery were simply too great to handle, and lifestyle modifications are needed to avoid “triggering” those negative emotions that led to drug or alcohol abuse.
A “scaling back” of commitments or the removal of a toxic relationship isn’t the mark of failure. Rather, being proactive is a sure sign of strength, maturity, and healing. It’s important to stay accountable and consistent as one makes the post-recovery transition. Contact us today to start the rewarding journey to a healthier, more fulfilling life.