Coming Home from Rehab
The days and weeks after coming home from rehab can be hard. While you are in treatment, you are relatively safe from temptation. You go through some of the boredom and anxiety of normal life but without access to drugs or alcohol and surrounded by supportive staff. When you get home, that support is gone and temptation is everywhere. You might find yourself in dangerous situations. How can you improve your chances of staying in recovery during this transition?
Put some accountability in place. Set up regular appointments with a therapist and find a regular meeting. If you have friends and family who are invested in your recovery, keep in contact with them. These things are not only forms of accountability, but also of social support. If you are surrounded by people who want you to succeed, recover is much easier.
Make a schedule. Don’t just say you will go to meetings, meet with a therapist, and do this or that. Actually write it down. It’s a pain at first and might feel constrictive. You can always change something that doesn’t work, but having a schedule in writing keeps you focused. It helps prevent those long stretches of boredom that can be dangerous. It’s also a good way to make sure your top priorities are getting enough attention. Schedule the most important things first, then the good but not essential, then the frivolous. Scheduling time to relax and have fun is important too.
Get some exercise. Make sure exercise is on your schedule. It makes you feel better and think more clearly. It reduces stress and increases willpower. Exercise gives you an incentive to eat better. If you have ever tried to go for a run after eating fried chicken, you have some idea why. Do something every day, even if it’s just taking a walk.
Take time for reflection. Make sure to leave a little time at the end of the day to reflect on how things went. Make a note of what went well and what you are grateful for. If something didn’t go so well, think about how you could do it better tomorrow. Maybe your drive to work took you past a bar you frequented and you considered stopping in. Try taking a different route tomorrow. This is also a good time for meditation or prayer, if that works for you. This is your time to strategize and improve your process.
Relapse is serious but not permanent. Relapse is very common and it can make getting help harder but it’s not the end of the world. Don’t beat yourself up. Some people avoid meetings out of shame after a relapse, but most people there probably relapsed at some point and they will support you. The sooner you get back into recovery the better. It can be a hiccup and not a disaster.
Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.