After a person leaves rehab, that’s just the beginning. The next stage of acclimating back to normal life is the most difficult step. In rehab, there are no drugs. In the real world, there is temptation again. The person in recover also doesn’t have the same level of daily support. It’s important to be prepared to avoid a relapse. Here are some ways to get help after rehab.
Many people struggle with the transition to regular life after rehab. It’s an adjustment, and there is temptation that the patient mightn’t be ready for. To help with the transition, many patients will opt to go to outpatient treatment after they get released. Outpatient treatment lasts for a majority of the day, but the people go to their own homes after the day is over. Some outpatient programs last about 8-9 hours while some only last for half a day. Due to the time requirements, some people don’t have the ability to attend an outpatient program if they have to work.
Regular AA/NA Meetings
There are a number of regular meeting sports for both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in just about every city and town in the country. Research your area to see where the nearest meeting to you is. It’s a good idea to go multiple times a week, if not every day, when you first get out. You will hopefully meet people at the meetings that can help you on your journey to sobriety. You can ask someone to be your sponsor when you are experiencing cravings. The meetings are generally free to the public.
Therapy can be a great solution for an individual to go through their problems with a trained professional. The individual therapy is a great solution for people who prefer not to share with a large group of people. They feel more comfortable in a one-on-one setting. They may be able to open up more when they don’t think that a bunch of people are judging them. Many therapists also work as psychiatrists and can help people who have serious mental health issues requiring medication. Therapy may cost a small amount, but it can also be covered by insurance.
It can be encouraging to listen to other people who have gone through similar problems. Going to a support group is similar to a AA or NA meeting. However, there are some distinct differences. The support group doesn’t necessarily need to relate to drugs and alcohol. Support groups allow someone to go to a meeting that deals with the cause of the addiction in the first place. You can find a support group for people with mental illness, people who suffered from abuse, or even people who came back from war. You’ll feel connected to the people at the support group. With time, you may even be friends with these people. Acquiring and maintaining good friends while on the road to recovery is crucial.
Utilize New Coping Mechanisms
In rehab, a person learns coping mechanisms to deal with the things that made them want to use. When someone gets out, they need to take special care to use these new techniques. Different people get triggered by different emotions. Whether it’s loneliness, boredom, anger, fear, depression, or stress, these feelings can make some downslide. They need to realize that they can read, write, paint, play music, or cook to make the cravings go away. These coping mechanisms may not feel very effective at first, but they key is persistence.
Friends and Family
Some people have been there since the beginning. People getting out of rehab should remember to turn to those people when they get out. Friends and family can be the most trusted support available. Of course, you need to be careful about the friends and family you trust. Some friends and family who use can end up being a bad influence in the end. Before turning to friends and family for help, think long and hard about their influence on you. Support doesn’t disappear after rehab. Patients simply need to take the initiative to get the help they need. There are options available. If you or your loved one needs addition support after rehab, these are some great places to start. Call us today if you have any questions at 833-762-3739.