Life After Rehabilitation
Updated: Nov 22, 2022
But what’s next? It's a very natural question when thinking about life after rehabilitation.
Patients in rehab have worked hard and achieved sobriety by maintaining it, is a huge question to be solved.
It can be frightening to return home following therapy. There are, however, a variety of things you may do to maintain your sobriety. It's crucial to realise that the healing process doesn't end when you leave rehab.
Returning home after an inpatient recovery programme frequently means returning to a trigger-rich environment that may tempt you to relapse. You could be surrounded by drug or alcohol paraphernalia, as well as friends and family members who have used drugs or alcohol with you.
Some ways to deal with things that triggers include:
1. Make sober companions.: "Avoid social groups that are heavily involved in using,"
2. Concentrate on your work. Consider your working environment. It's possible that you'll have to hunt for a new work.
3. Look for solutions. Talking about problems can often lead to the discovery of the addiction's source. "Many people have underlying mental distresses that activate or increase a need," says the researcher.
4. Taking care of yourself: Self-care is one of the most important (and neglected) aspects of recovery. Taking good care of yourself can help minimize the risk of relapse and maintain sobriety in the long-term.
5. Avoid Old Routines and Habits: It stands to reason that if you quit your drug of choice but continue with your same routine, hanging around the same people and places, and not making any changes in your circumstances, it will be much easier to slip back into your old behaviors and habits.
6. Practice Healthy Living: Chronically misusing drugs and/or alcohol can take a major toll on your physical and emotional health, and now that you're in recovery, you'll want to prioritize self-care and ensure you have the fortitude to remain sober.
Success story of Gia who has being in Rehabilitation:
“I was in active addiction since I was 13. I started doing heroin and continued using until I was 33.” Gina is an outgoing person, hence, her soul that shines through her eyes. Without hearing her story, you would never understand the trials and tribulations she endured to make it to where she is today. “In 2005, I was out getting high and fell 20 feet and broke my back and my wrist, but I stayed out. I was only 70 pounds at that point. My family had to prepare my funeral. I told my mom I was going to die from this disease, that it was my destiny. ''In addiction, you live in the past of what it was like when you were a kid, standing on the corner drinking 40s or hanging out in the bar. It’s the only disease that convinces you that you don’t have a disease. It’s cunning, baffling, and powerful. ``Like too many people, substance use disorder had taken over Gina’s life – that is, until one day when she found the inner strength to ask for help. “I was hanging out in Kensington in the freezing cold, and I suddenly had a moment of sanity. It was like my head and my heart were both suddenly on the same exact page, and I thought, “What are you doing? This isn’t good. ''I had been to 11 rehabs before that day. But that time, I walked into the crisis center, and it was the first time I finally said, ‘I don’t have a home and I haven’t had one in four years. I’m dying and I need you to help me.’ And they did. ``I had a social worker who really fought for me. People would treat me badly. In their terms, I was just a junkie. But my social worker told me, ‘We’re going to fight really hard for you. I need you to fight hard for you.’ She sent me through detox. I started going to meetings and hanging out with girls who lived in the recovery house.'' Gina having a strong support system was crucial, most noteworthy was her family. “Thank God for my family. One of the things that breaks my heart is that I was not always there for my family as much as I feel I should have been. I was really being driven by addiction. They supported me through my entire journey. “Now, I’m going to college to get my associate’s degree in social work. I don’t really know what else I would do if I didn’t work in the recovery field, my sponsee calls me every day at 4:34pm, and I have a group of women in recovery who I know are always going to love me, who will always be there for me.
“I would say to anyone who thinks they have a problem: There is hope. Don’t give up on it. You are loved. You are somebody.”
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