Graduating from a drug rehabilitation program is a major achievement worth celebrating. Yet, in some ways, perhaps “Congratulations!” should be changed to “Welcome to the Real World!” Maintaining your sobriety is a life-long commitment.
Drug rehab doesn’t cure your addiction, or magically fix all your problems. Rebuilding your “normal” life, while recovering from addiction takes time and effort. But it IS worth it, and there are many kinds of support still available to you.
Supporting Successful Sobriety
You’ve already learned how to avoid the people, places, and things that could trigger cravings and relapse. Now is the time to do the opposite – avail yourself of resources that support your continued recovery.
Individual therapy – Helping you to deal with any issues that contributed to your substance abuse.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Childhood Trauma
- Sexual, Physical, or Emotional Abuse
12-Step meetings – Regularly associating with other people in recovery can provide you with strength, inspiration, and personal accountability. Other recovery support groups are also helpful.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Celebrate Recovery
- Women for Sobriety
- Life Ring
- Refuge Recovery
Sober Family and Friends – One of your biggest challenges will be relearning how to have a fulfilling substance-free social life. Hanging out with positive people who aren’t drinking or drugging will keep from feeling too lonely or too bored – two of the biggest barriers to recovery.
Continuing Aftercare – Many who have recently completed a stay in a residential drug rehab facility choose to continue treatment through a local outpatient drug rehab program. This allows for continued professional support while they readjust to daily life.
Even after completing an outpatient program, it may be necessary to “check in” periodically to make sure old, dysfunctional behaviors aren’t returning. Most programs offer alumni support.
“It Woks If You Work It”
The best drug rehab programs give you the tools you need to craft your own successful recovery. When you use those tools, and apply the other lessons you’ve learned along the way, a happier life of sobriety becomes a reality.
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