January 14, 2015 Marissa ObrienRecovery0

Completing an extended-stay drug treatment program is a huge accomplishment – one that very few individuals battling severe substance dependency are actually able to complete. However, while graduating from an inpatient program is undoubtedly reason for a serious pat on the back, it is by no means the end of one’s journey into recovery. In order to maintain sobriety for years to come, it is crucial that a newly sober individual implement a comprehensive and highly personalized aftercare plan. In most cases, each client will sit down with their addiction counselor before graduating from their treatment center and formulate an inclusive list of future recovery goals and attainable objectives. Listed below are several components crucial to sustained momentum in sobriety and essential elements that will lead you closer towards maintained sobriety and farther from potential relapse.

How To Succeed After Drug Rehab

  • Create a solid circle of sober supports.

Surround yourself with healthy and happy individuals who are content in their sobriety and who are emotionally available at pretty much the drop of a hat. You will undoubtedly need to talk through situations at one point or another, seeing as you will be faced with new circumstances you have never before handled without the assistance of drugs and alcohol. Surround yourself with positive people from who you feel comfortable asking for help.

  • Join a fellowship.

Joining a 12-step fellowship is completely essential to maintaining sobriety if you are new to the sober lifestyle. Not only will you instantaneously have 20 friends to call if you find yourself in a sticky situation, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experience, strength, and hope of those who are just like you.

  • Work a “safe” job.

Even if you have ample experience bartending, it might be best to steer clear of that scene until you are entirely comfortable in your sobriety. Work a job that will humble you, one that will not trigger you, and one that you enjoy.

  • Learn to love yourself.

Spend time learning to love yourself! Discover your personal interests, passions, what makes you tick. It is important to remember that you will not be able to properly love anyone else until you learn to adore your own mind, body, and soul.

  • Continue with therapy.

Just because inpatient treatment is over, it does not mean your therapeutic process has come to an end. In fact, you are most likely just beginning to scratch the surface. If you cannot continue with your therapist from treatment, find a new one and meet for weekly sessions.

  • Work on rebuilding family relationships.

If the timing is right and you feel comfortable doing so, it may be wise to slowly begin mending familial relationships. Family will play a big role in your overall recovery, and family therapy (if it is not already) should be incorporated into your aftercare plan at some point down the line.

  • Remember that abstinence is key.

No matter what, don’t pick up.

The rates of relapse are unfortunately high amongst those who graduate from drug rehab without a carefully planned aftercare program. If you have recently completed a treatment program and are looking into aftercare options, feel free to contact one of our licensed representatives to find out what steps to take to ensure your sobriety remains intact and you continue to flourish in the journey of recovery.

January 5, 2015 Marissa ObrienRecovery0

It is not uncommon for drug addicts and alcoholics in the early stages of substance dependency to completely convince themselves that despite their frequent use they can stop using whenever they please. While this may be true initially, all addicts will eventually reach a point in their use when they lose all control over how much and how often they use. This is an absolute and conclusive symptom of addiction – despite negative consequences, the addict will continue using, lacking all control. Once the addiction reaches this point it will be exceedingly difficult to kick a drug or alcohol habit without professional intervention and extended therapeutic treatment. Research has proven that long-term drug use undeniably leads to serious changes in brain function that persist for a significant amount of time after an individual ceases use entirely. The behavioral changes caused by these brain functions will require professional medical treatment in order to be remedied thoroughly and permanently. If you have personally tried to quit on several occasions, finding each time that you pick back up (possibly convincing yourself that you are ‘not ready’ to quit), it may be time to seriously consider entering an inpatient drug rehab.

Can I Do It On My Own?

In some instances, it may be possible to quit on your own. If you have just begun using consistently and want to stop permanently before losing control entirely, simply attending local 12-step meetings and dedicating yourself to working through the steps with a sponsor may be enough. It is important to remember that everyone is different, and while daily attendance at 12-step meetings may work for some, intensive inpatient may be a requirement for others. The most significant factor is how far progressed the disease is at the time treatment is being considered. If you simply cannot go more than several hours without using no matter what, a physical separation from your environment is most likely essential. Drug rehab acts as a barrier from the outside world, eliminating all external triggers, sources, and distractions. Even if you are able to stop using for days, weeks, or months at a time, drug rehab allows the opportunity to uncover and treat underlying causes of addiction and ensure long-term abstinence and a meaningful and fulfilled drug-free life. Thus even if you believe you can do it on your own, the likelihood of relapse is astronomical, and the reality is that true addiction can never be overcome alone.

December 31, 2014 Marissa ObrienRecovery0

Early recovery is a time for self-exploration, growth, and discovery – a beautiful and often frightening time when you truly get to figure out who you are and what makes you tick. While beginning the journey towards freedom from the devastation and oppression of drugs and alcohol is exciting and liberating, it can also be extremely difficult. You will be coming into contact with feelings that you have been stifling and suppressing for years, and will undeniably need some solid emotional and mental support during this time. Here is a list of 3 early recovery musts – things that will, without question, be essential to maintainable and meaningful sobriety.

3 Early Recovery Musts

  1. Sober Support Systems

One of the most important aspects in maintaining sobriety is establishing a solid and reliable sober support system early on. The best way to go about doing this is to attend as many meetings as possible, showing up 15 minutes beforehand and staying late in order to introduce yourself to other program members and exchanging as many phone numbers as possible. If you are living in a halfway house or sober living facility, you will have a sober support system at your disposal already – an added bonus. Your sponsor will also be a key player in your support circle, so be sure to get one as quickly as you can.

  1. Knowing and Avoiding Personal Triggers

A trigger is a person, place, or situation that makes you feel like you want to use. Many recovering addicts and alcoholics have similar triggers – the loss of a loved one, a major change, and specific holidays in example. However, it is important that you understand and recognize what triggers you individually, and you avoid your triggers in order to prevent relapse. A specific group of old friends may be a trigger for one individual, while the sight of a martini may greatly trigger another. It is important not to test your own boundaries – if you feel unsure about something, stay away.

  1. Learning to Love Yourself

If you don’t learn to love and appreciate yourself early on, the likelihood that your sobriety will be fulfilled and lasting is relatively slim. It is crucial that you learn to place yourself first – if your own spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing is not intact, everything else in your life will surely fall part eventually. Reward yourself with personally satisfying activities, explore potential new passions and hobbies, and truly dedicate your time to healing past wounds in order to pave the way for a brighter and happier future.

The Hope Center

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