Making the decision to enter into a rehab treatment facility is a big move to living a better life. You’ll improve your relationships, job prospects and every other aspect of your life. But, have you ever wondered what happens once you complete rehab? Addiction doesn’t go away when you finish rehab treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40% to 60% of patients who are treated for drug abuse relapse. You can increase your chances of avoiding relapse by taking some necessary steps once you complete treatment.
Twelve Step Program
As soon as you complete your rehab program, it is a good idea to find a twelve step program. You should attend meetings as often as possible during the 30 days after rehab. This will keep you encouraged and help you avoid relapse. You’ll want to find a sponsor who has a compatible personality that you’re comfortable with. This person will walk you through the raw emotions you may feel so soon after finishing rehab. If you’re stressed and you are at risk of relapse, your sponsor will be there to get you through the tough times. Learning to recognize your triggers will help you avoid situations that could lead to relapse and your sponsor and following the 12-step program will guide you through the process.
Group and Individual Counseling
Because addiction is difficult to combat, don’t feel like you’re on your own once you finish rehab. You should attend group and individual counseling sessions. Group counseling is great because you’ll have an opportunity to spend time with others who are experiencing what you’re going through. It can be encouraging to hear stories from others who are where you are and trying to live a better life.
Individual counseling gives you a chance to make the conversation all about you. Talking to a third party about the daily stresses of life or anything that you have on your mind is very helpful. A counselor can offer valuable advice on how to cope with stressful situations. They will also help you determine what your triggers are so you can avoid any triggering situations. It is refreshing to talk to a neutral third party because you never have to fear being judged. Your counselor is there to help you through a difficult time and avoid relapse.
Keep a Support System
No matter if you’re just out of rehab or you’re approaching one year of sobriety or beyond, it is imperative that you have a strong support system. Keep in touch with those you’ve relied upon for recovery. The friendships you’ve made along this journey of recovery will prove to be valuable for years to come. You may even want to celebrate your sobriety by inviting your sober friends out to dinner or other social event where you can be proud of your achievement. Your support system will always be there for you. If you feel like you’re having a bad day and you want to give in and relapse, call someone in your support system. They will be able to talk you through the situation and offer helpful advice to ensure you don’t relapse.
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