Making it through rehab is something to be proud of. It’s not an easy thing to do, but that is just the beginning of your journey. You’re starting out on a whole new way of life, and while that’s exciting and exhilarating, it’s also kind of scary.
You may be used to hanging out with people who like to party, but now you find yourself in a different culture, surrounded by different faces and attitudes. In treatment, you had a lot of support from people going through the same thing as you, but now you’re going home to old family and friends with the added task of making new friends, which can be a challenge on its own.
Adjusting to life after rehab is an ongoing process, but rest assured that you will adjust, just like many before you have. It may take time, and there may be some anxious moments, but with strength, patience and a good support group you will get through it.
Methods for Coping After Rehab
- Stay connected to your recovery center. Many centers have aftercare programs such as group meetings and hotlines to help you return to a normal life. Recovery Boot Camp provides a comprehensive program that lasts as long as you need it to, and will help you transition back to real life. We provide sober living at Healing Properties, our halfway house onsite. Make use of all the resources we have to offer -- we are truly here to help you succeed in your sober life after treatment.
- Understand your addiction and your recovery. Being able to explain to people the nature of what you went through and counter any negative attitudes with facts will make you more confident in social situations.
- Use outside support groups. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon are a great resource for support, advice, and connecting to new friends who understand your situation.
- Join some clubs. Taking up a new hobby or sport is a great way to get back into the social swing of things. Join a pickup basketball league, go fishing, or learn to code.
- Get connected online. Social interaction doesn’t have to be face-to-face these days -- it may even be easier to start out online. There are thousands of forums and communities in cyberspace, a good number of them filled with people just like you.
- Be patient. Recovery is a life-long thing, and getting back into your life will take time. Take pride in your accomplishment and the person you are now, and your confidence in yourself will grow.
Preparation is the Key
Recovery Boot Camp focuses on preparing you for the transition into your new life. We provide you with the resources and information you need, but it’s up to you to use them. Learn all you can, ask questions, and be open to advice. Stay positive. After all, you’re embarking on an exciting adventure filled with new relationships, new experiences, and a healthy, new lifestyle. And that’s something to be excited about.
If you have questions about recovery and aftercare, give us a call for more information. It’s always completely confidential.
- Jon Marsh, Life After Addiction, Recovery Nation, 2015, http://www.recoverynation.com/recovery/recovery_workshop_065.php
- Staff Writer, Life After Addiction Recovery, Addiction.com, 10/8/2014, http://www.addiction.com/4067/life-addiction-recovery/