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How To Handle Life After Rehab

June 21, 2024

Going through a residential rehab program is a critical part of substance use recovery. Even so, maintaining sobriety takes a lifelong effort. What should you do once you exit the controlled setting of rehab to stay on the proper pathway?

Hopefully, you have an aftercare plan in place to help you navigate life after drug or alcohol rehab. Follow your plan -- along with these guidelines -- to help you live sober and advance toward your recovery objectives.

Move Forward With Outpatient Care

Professional therapy will help you excel in life after drug or alcohol rehab. Your aftercare plan needs to include outpatient care at an accredited center. You should continue with therapy. Outpatient addiction and mental health facilities have various types of care. You may necessitate a program where you attend counseling sessions each day at first. As you progress in your recovery, you may adopt a more relaxed therapy regimen that allows you to continue with your normal life and come in for counseling less often.

You could also need medication-assisted treatment at this point of recovery. Certain prescription medicines can help decrease nagging cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Proper administration from your healthcare professional will help you prevent relapse. You may also benefit from prescriptions to navigate co-occurring mental health conditions that compel you to consume substances. Confronting the underlying cause of your substance use will give you a better opportunity for enduring sobriety.

Build A Support Network

The individuals you interact with also directly impact your ability to stay substance-free in life after rehab. Preferably, you’ve already discussed this during inpatient therapy and singled out those who will help with your sobriety and others who will not. It can be painful to cut ties with friends and family, but right now, you have to spend time with individuals who will help you avoid alcohol and drugs. Don’t mingle with anyone who will encourage or coerce you to relapse. Have a plan for declining their calls to hang out.

Discover ways to reunite with understanding friends and family members. It may be a challenge at first, but staying substance-free will make it worthwhile. Family counseling is able to help you reestablish relationships with those closest to you. Area support organizations and online platforms can help you find people undergoing the same thing and further strengthen your network of support.

Locate A Supportive Place To Live

Your environment can have a significant influence on your impulse to use addictive substances. On-site rehab protected you from negative influences and banned access to alcohol and drugs. So, where will you live after you exit rehab? Ideally, you’ll work with your loved ones or roommates to craft a substance-free surrounding in your current dwelling so you may feel at ease there. If certain individuals make that unworkable, think about residing with other understanding friends or relatives for now. You might also talk to the professionals at your rehab to locate a sober living provider that fulfills your needs.

Let Us Help You Manage Life After Rehab

No matter where you are in your substance use recovery, you are entitled to compassionate, personalized care. Evolve Recovery Center is here to assist. Call 888-369-7727 or submit the following form to speak with someone now about addiction recovery services. We respond promptly, no matter the time or day. We’re ready to arrange a free, one-on-one consultation now.