From the time you enter rehabilitation, you'll be getting ready for when you finally have to go back home. If people are not prepared for the transition, they are likely to find it a perilous journey.
A lot like the day of graduation, the last day in therapy can have similar feeling for addicts. The greatest challenges of sobriety are in the days after rehab and the learning experience is never over. Getting ready to get back to living their lives is the most important part about a stay in a rehab center. The conditions that supported the substance abuse may still be prevailing and therefore, the individual needs to understand how he or she will deal with them. The crucial thing for this transition to go well is to prepare well.
While the individual could be excited about leaving rehab, they must also understand that they could encounter a number of challenges, including:
It is much easier not to abuse any substance while you are in a treatment center. The entire focus of the environment is on helping clients overcome their addiction while protecting them from temptation. Going home means no longer having such beneficial conditions to promote sobriety. Availability of enough support is one of the nice things about rehab. Negative thoughts can come to you at any time of the night or day but you always have someone you can talk to. Outside the treatment centre, such support may be hard to get.
The person coming from rehab may get a less than friendly welcome from family and friends. There are some who will still be mad about past mistakes while others could be skeptical about the possibility of achieving recovery. Friends that you used to abuse drugs or alcohol with and are still using may have the most negative effect. Some will try to sabotage the recovery of the person trying to stay clean.
Substance abuse will often be attributed to these troubles. Life continues even when you're in rehab trying to recover and not everything will change just because you have. That's the way life works, everyone has to deal with it. The individual will need to develop better coping skills in order to deal with these challenges.
Many people wait until they have reached a very low point or 'rock bottom' before seeking treatment. Many ripples may still be caused due to the ramifications of this rock bottom. Therefore, the consequences of your addiction may still be waiting the moment you leave rehabilitation.
It's common to be a bit unnerved by the prospect of life after rehabilitation.
Being serious about this transition can cause that. A serious effort was required if patients wanted to properly use their time in rehab. It is like a boxer getting ready for the most important fight of their life. The fighter will not find it useful just to spend time in a gym, unless they make use of the resources available. The sports person may be a bit scared before the event begins but this shows that they are ready to do everything necessary to win.
Any concerns about the transition from rehab to home should be a motivating factor for people to ensure that they are fully prepared to meet the challenges. The rehab team along with other clients will provide all the help needed for the individual carefully to consider the challenges which they are likely to encounter and prepare plans of how they will deal with these. This is similar to the way a fighter devises a plan for a match by visualizing their next rival.
The initial few months after treatment will be crucial since that is when former addicts are at the highest risk of relapsing. Since a person is still in the transition process, the first few weeks are even more dangerous. After recovery is fully established, the risk of relapse gradually declines but it does not go away completely.
Relapse is terribly upsetting when making it through rehab; not only for the individual but also for their loved ones. Another opportunity of getting better might never come again. Addicts will find it extremely difficult to motivate themselves to quit again. This may mean that their relapse is a death sentence. It is always regretted by those who return to their addiction because it means returning to the same conditions brought them to rehab in the first place. The situation can be a lot more overwhelming for the individual as they had already tasted what it feels like to be drug free.
Knowing how relapse happens is crucial for patients in treatment. People generally do not return back to alcohol or drugs at the drop of a hat. This is always a chain of events that takes them back there. Taking the right steps to prevent relapse can be a lot easier for former addicts once they fully comprehend this process. Knowing about relapse triggers will mean that they will know what behaviors to look for.
There are several post rehab mistakes that people make which significantly raise their risk of relapse.
Some of these mistakes include: It is very risky when a person leaves rehab with a conviction that all their troubles are now over. This usually means that when certain challenges come up, they won't know what to do. Although being positive about your future prospects is a good thing, becoming complacent because of that isn't. People who are not prepared for the tough days which are likely to come will find themselves facing disastrous situations. Aftercare is always essential.
Being in the company of former drug using or drinking pals for extended periods could prove to be a serious mistake. There is a proverb that gets used a lot in AA that says that if you are at a barber shop for long enough, you will get a haircut at some point. This means that relapsing chances rise if former addicts get surrounded with temptations. They can easily slide back into addiction if they continue spending time with old friends who are dealing with a similar problem.
Giving up alcohol or drugs is never going to be enough if it is the only change made by the individual within his or her life. Life troubles often present too hard of a challenge for those susceptible to addiction. Such a person is likely to get back to addiction unless they can change other factors in their life as well. There are some who refer to this as the dry drunk syndrome. It will mean a poor quality of life in recovery even if they manage to avoid relapsing. Attaining the ability to remain sober is the key to building a new life away from addiction.
People should feel pleasure about their escape from addiction. This is an achievement which should translate to a better life in the coming days. Sometimes people lose touch with reality as they become os happy with their progress in early recovery - this is known as the pink cloud syndrome. Such a person will not see the problems in life and everything will feel like it couldn't be better. When a person feels this way, it might cause the conviction that all troubles are now over. This means that these people can bump down to earth particularly hard when something goes wrong, as it always will.
People with higher expectations may also struggle when they return home. The rehabilitation will not happen overnight, just like the havoc the addiction caused didn't. Things will definitely get better, but it will not happen overnight. Do not expect immediate forgiveness and forgetting from your loved ones and you should also be ready to commit some time and do some work in rebuilding your reputation. People might end up dissatisfied if they have high expectations in early recovery.
Another general mistake that people normally make is that they attempt to take on too much right away. There is an attempt at fixing everything that is wrong in their lives within a week. The first few years in recovery are for you to recuperate - this is a time to avoid taking on a lot as you are still fragile.
On many occasions and during their first few weeks at home, it has been noticed that people begin to slip. A slip up is when a person uses but instantly regrets it. These individuals feel that they have failed themselves and this is actually the case. Slips don't have to lead to a full-blown relapse and they should never be taken lightly. The fall-out of the individual's behavior will be limited if they can get right back to recovery. The individual should use the opportunity to learn and understand the cause of the slip so they can avoid it in the future.