Entering a drug rehabilitation program is one of the most important steps you can take to get your life back on track. Once you’ve successfully completed your program and are getting ready to leave the rehab center, you’re faced with a new challenge—reintegrating with society. Here’s a brief guide to help you along the way:
Make a recovery plan Many in the field of addiction research say you should look at addiction recovery the way you would any chronic disease, and continue the necessary treatments and lifestyle changes you need to stay healthy in the long-term. Work with the counselors at your rehab center to make a specific, concrete plan about where you will live, what you will do with your time, and what steps you’ll take to stay committed to sobriety.
Consider a sober living house Most people require longer than a brief window of treatment to maintain sobriety. Moving from your rehab center into a structured environment is an excellent way to transition slowly to full integration with society. A sober living house can provide the time you need for continued support and a trigger-free environment.
Go to work or school It’s important to fill your days with meaningful activities after leaving your rehab center, since boredom can be a trigger for relapse. Instead of drifting aimlessly, consider enrolling in college, getting a job, or volunteering at an organization you care about. School or work can provide you with a structured routine and give you a sense of purpose.
Build a support system Don’t think you can go it alone. It’s important to get continued support, such as through a 12-step group, or meetings with a counselor from your rehab center. Don’t be afraid to lean on your family; everyone in your life can be a part of your continued recovery.
At the Astoria Pointe treatment center for men and The Rosebriar center for women, we can help you build an after-care plan and provide a free lifelong alumni program to continue your support. Contact us at (503) 298-4393 to learn how we can help you take control of your life.