How Do I Know I’m Ready to Leave Residential Treatment?

Addiction recovery is a process that’s different for everyone, because it will depend upon the nature of your addiction. They type of substance you use, as well as the length of time you’ve been addicted, will play a part in determining the type of residential treatment program best equipped to help your recovery. Other factors that can affect your recovery may include your age, gender, and any physical or mental illnesses you may be experiencing.

Typically, addicts may participate in a 30, 60, or 90 day treatment program. The plan they choose will depend on their needs, so this is a decision that the addict and rehab counselor will make together. There may be unique resources provided within each treatment plan, so it’s important to discuss these options with the counselor ahead of time.

When is it Time to Leave Rehab?

So, you’ve signed up for the 30 day treatment plan and you have been in rehab for 28 days. You’re ready to start packing, right? It doesn’t really work that way and you shouldn’t assume you’ll be as eager to leave as you think. As your 30 day program comes to a close, you may begin to fear your departure from the treatment facility.

It’s not uncommon for a recovering addict to worry that they will relapse as soon as they return to their lives. When you do draw close to that 30/60/90 day milestone, you will discuss the possibility of leaving the facility with your counselor. Together, the two of you will determine if you are ready to leave. This will involve talking about your cravings to determine if you can control them. It will also involve discussing how well you’ve incorporated healthier coping mechanisms into your lifestyle. Ultimately, the decision to leave rehab is a judgment call, but it will be made with the guidance of your residential treatment center caregivers.

Transitioning Back into Society

Another misconception people have about residential treatment programs is that the recovering addict will be dumped onto the street after completing the program. To the contrary, once you begin participating in a rehab program, you’re never alone to manage on your own. After rehab, you can check into a sober living home, which may also be known as a halfway house.

This is a temporary living situation that’s supportive of your new sober lifestyle, while giving you the opportunity to find a job, arrange for a permanent living situation, and take advantage of other community resources. Even as you spend time in a sober living home, you can still participate in outpatient treatment services. In fact, recovering addicts are encouraged to continue attending peer group support meetings over a longer period of time once they return to society.

You may also need to continue the one on one counseling sessions you started within rehab. This is possible through the outpatient services that many treatment centers offer, allowing recovering addicts to continue getting the help they need.

Rebuilding Your Life

At some point, you will be ready to leave the sober living home and return to society without the safety net provided by a managed living facility. This means making sober living rules for yourself and those in your life, so you won’t be faced with as many triggers.

Although you may have learned healthy ways of coping with the triggers that prompt your cravings, it’s also important to reduce the presence of those triggers as much as possible. When you were using, you likely missed out on plenty activities that you might have enjoyed. Similarly, you probably quit engaging in hobbies and stopped pursuing your dreams, since those activities interfered with your substance use.

Now that you’re clean, you have that time back. You can pick up old hobbies that you missed doing, or you can begin pursuing something new that you’ve always wanted to try. This is the time to rebuild your life. If you can fill your life with healthy activities and the pursuit of worthwhile goals, you’ll be less likely to suffer a relapse. In time, you may rarely experience a craving at all. The ultimate goal is to rebuild a life for yourself that’s free of drugs and alcohol.

To get started on this exciting new path, contact our counselors at 833-762-3739. We’re available 24 hours a day to answer your questions. From getting clean and undergoing treatment to rebuilding your life, we can help you learn how to live a better and cleaner life.