Life After Treatment: One Day At A Time
The worry and logistics associated with getting a loved one connected to the proper intervention specialists, as well as the journey through detox and treatment, can often prove so harrowing and eventful that it leaves many without a plan for after treatment. This is true not only for the addict, but for their friends and family members as well. Addicts often find themselves having a hard time with returning to daily life after treatment. Of course, this is made harder if an addict finds themselves in a static environment or around former friends. This highlights the importance of finding a positive environment as well as building a valuable support network.
So how can one properly evaluate the environment an addict may be returning to? Well, one rule of thumb is that an addict should never return to a household in which resides an addict or alcoholic. In fact, it is often best for an addict to return to a place of minimal or no use. Of course, where you transition to directly after treatment will depend upon the level of care you received. For those leaving detox or a 30 day rehab, halfway houses/sober living homes are encouraged. These will help ensure safety and a smoother transition for those adjusting to life after treatment.
However, there are some treatment programs that last longer and some that even help those who have struggled with substance abuse find housing and jobs. Of course, what the addict in your life needs will be consulted on by the treatment center and their clinical staff.
It is very important to do your research on any treatment center/halfway house/sober living home that is presented to you. The sad reality is that some treatment centers not only fail to provide adequate care, but participate in illegal activities, such as patient brokering. You will want to be vigilant, and select one of many compassionate, ethical treatment options.
How about transitioning into school or an apartment? College, especially, comes with its own set of triggers that need to be sorted through. However, there are a few general rules of thumb when it comes to protecting your sobriety in a new environment, whether it be academic or residential. Sober networking is a huge example. Whether you meet people through NA, AA, We Agnostics, Celebrate Recovery or a campus group, it is important to meet people with similar understandings. This will not only help you feel more secure in your sobriety, it will allow you to have fun!
Wherever your exciting journey in sobriety takes you, make sure you check in and know it’s okay to ask for help. If you or someone you know is in need of help now, look no further than Recovery Care Partner- your resource for addiction interventionists and specialists.