As you conclude the addiction treatment process and prepare yourself to leave the rehab facility, it won’t take long before you realize you suddenly have a lot to lose. Before you came into rehab, all you had was an addiction and most likely mounds of personal problems. Now you have a recovery that you need to protect at all costs.
After all the hard work you put in to deal with your addiction, the last thing you want is to have to do it all over again. If you were to relapse, that is exactly where you would find yourself, in a position to go through treatment all over again. If you are like so many others that came before you, you probably don’t have the time, money or desire to redo rehab.
Can an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center Keep Me from Relapsing?
During the treatment process, you sure spent a lot of time in therapy, learning the truth about your addiction. Once you were able to determine the driving force or forces behind your need to abuse substances, you likely spent some time putting into place the coping and life skills you would need to properly manage your triggers and any temptation that might come your way.
In reference to the titled question, no, your alcohol and drug rehabilitation center and its staff members do not have the ability to keep you from relapsing. What they do have are two ways they can help you stop yourself from relapsing.
First, they likely have already taught you better coping skills to help you manage your life a little better. If the lessons you learned were effective, you should know what to do if you suddenly feel the need to take drugs or drink.
Should you still want or need an extra layer of protection against the possibility of a relapse, the rehab facility’s staff members should have made clear you do have access to aftercare resources. Aftercare resources are specifically designed for people in recovery who still feel a bit insecure about their ability to say no to substance abuse.
While the range of aftercare options may vary for a variety of reasons, there are three options that seem to be universal:
- Twelve-Step Meetings
- Sober Living Housing
- Additional Outpatient Counseling
There’s nothing more powerful that watching one person in recovery reaching out their hand to help someone else who is struggling in recovery. Twelve Step meetings (AA and NA) are ideally suited for former addiction sufferers who need a support resource that’s going to understand who they are and where they have been. In such programs, members work together to get each other through the tough times, hopefully before a relapse occurs.
Twelve Step membership is free. The only requirement for members is they must have a desire to get clean and stay clean. At some point during membership, members are expected to work the “Twelve Steps of Recovery” as part of the cleansing process.
Sober Living Housing
For some people leaving rehab, the thought of immediately returning home and addressing personal responsibilities is just a little too intimidating. These are the folks who could really benefit from spending time in a sober living home.
Sober living homes are designed to add additional structure to the lives of the residents. The residents are expected to follow strict rules in exchange for the care and support they will get from the other residents. Once a resident feels strong enough to take on extra responsibility or perhaps leave the facility, they are free to do so.
Additional Outpatient Counseling
Sometimes, all someone in recovery needs is a little refresher course about their addiction. When they start feeling exposed to the potential of a relapse, they can request an appointment with a counselor who would be charged with helping the client figure out what’s going on and how it could adversely affect the individual’s recovery. It’s quite common for people to leave a residential treatment facility while continuing outpatient therapy for weeks or months into the future.
Before you concern yourself with any thoughts about relapsing, we would like to recommend you call our treatment facility at 833-762-3739. Your first consideration should be about getting yourself into recovery. That’s the purpose of the phone call. Once you enter under our care, we will do everything in our power to make sure you leave rehab with a realistic chance for a lasting recovery.