After Care and Long Term Recovery
It is quite common for people to think of the inpatient rehabilitation process as a type of cure for addiction. However, this way of thinking actually acts as a hindrance to the journey that is long term recovery. While the initial detoxification and rehabilitation processes undoubtedly hold immense value in the lives of many recovering addicts, the real work begins after the addict returns home.
Inpatient rehabilitation, regardless of the length of the client’s stay, should act as a bridge from the pain of active addiction to a long, fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol. Throughout the duration of one’s stay in a treatment facility, people will learn about their disease and how to combat it. The client will learn coping mechanisms to combat daily stressors and have access to highly qualified medical and mental health staff. This comprehensive approach maintains that clients can achieve a sense of overall peace and well-being before returning to everyday life. The goal is to provide a set of basic, everyday tools that can be employed with confidence.
After this initial glimpse into the world of recovery, many addicts carry over a feeling of serenity and confidence once unknown to them into their everyday lives. However, this feeling is often times lost after a short time spent in a familiar environment. Once this feeling is lost, the risk of relapse increases exponentially. However, it is very possible to continue living a happy, peaceful life far into the future. It is for this reason above all else that it is absolutely crucial to the recovering addict to vest one’s time and energy into the aftercare process.
First and foremost, it is imperative for the addict in recovery to change their people, places, and things. When one returns home to the same living conditions, spending time with the same friends in the same places they used drugs in, only the same results can be expected. Although changing things so drastically is a confusing and sometimes painful process for people, it is an absolute necessity for someone in recovery.
Once the old living habits have been removed, the next logical step is to find new ones to fill the void left by such extreme changes. It is strongly recommended by the majority of recovering addicts and addiction counselors for one to enroll in an outpatient program and attend 12 step or other support group meetings after the initial treatment process. This will act as an intermediary between life in a treatment facility and everyday life at home. It serves to keep one accountable and continue teaching coping mechanisms while allowing the addict to readjust to things like financial and relationship responsibilities. Addicts often find activities such as working a job, attending school, and finding new hobbies very effective ways to fill their time productively and enjoy their lives. In the end, the goal of all recovery is to find happiness and serenity in everyday life, thereby eliminating the perceived need for drugs and alcohol. To learn more about the aftercare process and how we can help, please call our free 24 hour hotline. (844) 364-4445.