Addiction is a lifelong disorder that can rear its ugly head at almost any time in life, no matter who you are or what your background. So it makes sense that when you have a substance use disorder, you don’t leave it behind even when you’ve finished treatment. Recovery is a lifelong journey. Leaving treatment can be scary and exciting. Preparing yourself for this next leg in the journey can help ease any anxiety and plan for the future.
Adjusting to life after treatment can sound daunting. There won’t be counselors and peers around you for every situation you encounter, and you may have to deal with triggers to use. Luckily, your treatment center will help give you the tools to deal with the future. You can also get help with aftercare, sober housing, and attend 12 step meetings to get the support you need.
It will be easier if you have created a sobriety plan for after drug treatment.
Making a Plan for After Treatment
Whether you’re inpatient or outpatient, completion of a program is an accomplishment. You’ve worked hard and maintained your sobriety. You’ll probably work with your treatment center to help make this plan, but there may be more issues you want to work on during your recovery. Here’s the minimum of what a treatment plan should cover.
- Going to aftercare meetings, twelve-step meetings, and/or therapy on a regular basis.
- Building a support network with recovery peers from 12-step meetings and other support groups.
- Practice self-care activities such as meditating, yoga, exercise or journaling on a weekly basis.
- Have a plan when you are confronted by triggers such as old friends you used to use with or uncomfortable feelings of anxiety or grief.
- Take care of any mental health disorders and have a recovery plan for coping with them.
- Have a sponsor and work on the twelve steps.
- Have goals and actively work toward them.
- Continue to build your self-confidence by doing giving back. You can do this by volunteering at meetings for positions like a coffee maker or joining a volunteer group.
- Reach out to peers when you are struggling.
You may want to consider continuing treatment via aftercare groups or joining a recovery home if you’re worried about support networks when you graduate treatment. Speak with your counselors to learn more about the options available to you. Ask for referrals to resources if you’re not sure about your options.
Getting Help for Addiction
Addiction can be a painful and baffling disease, but you’re not alone. Recovery is possible! If you or a loved one has a substance use problem, there’s help available. We can help you get the answers you need about recovery and addiction, and help you on the journey to a drug and alcohol-free life. Call us at 1-714-760-4043 to learn more.