Plenty of time is provided on preparing an individual for the transition from the centre for the home and this procedure begins from day 1. If people are not prepared for the transition, they are likely to find it a perilous journey.
The last day in rehab can be discovered by the clients as being similar to graduation day. It is crucial, however, to know that the hardest things are yet to come and that learning still has to continue. Preparation is all that needs to be considered during a stay in a treatment facility for what awaits when they get back home. All conditions and circumstances that triggered the start of the abuse may still be in place and the patient must be prepared to deal with and overcome them. Success can only be achieved through adequate preparation for this transition.
As exciting as it maybe, there are many issues to be faced when you leave the treatment centre:
It is much easier not to abuse any substance while you are in a treatment center. The entire focus of the rehab would be to provide the clients and environment which will help them overcome their addiction, and therefore, they would have been protected from any temptations. 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 take control at any time of the day or night, but there is always somebody to discuss with. The real world doesn't provide such kind of support.
Once patients go back home from treatment, family and friends might show various sentiments towards them. Some might still be upset about previous mistakes, while others might doubt that abstinence is possible. Friends that you used to abuse drugs or alcohol with and are still using may have the most negative effect. They may try to wreck the attempts of the newly clear-headed individual.
These will have been an excuse for the individual to consume drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, achieving soberness does not mean that life will come to a stop. 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.
Numerous people who enrolled themselves in a rehab will have done so only after reaching a concerning low point during their lives. There still might be consequences of this tough spot for patients. This will mean that people who leave rehab will still be required to deal about the consequences of their past bad behaviour.
Feeling a bit of agitation at the thought of leaving rehab is not a wrong thing.
It is an indicator that the individual is giving serious consideration to the move. A serious effort was required if patients wanted to properly use their time in rehab. It is similar to a boxer who has prepared for the most important fight for their lives. Making use of the resources available is also as important as spending a lot of time in the gym. It is a good omen if this boxer is feeling nervous before the big match because it means that he is prepared to do what he has to.
People should be motivated by the concern about the transition from rehab to home to do all they can to be ready for it. They will carefully consider the challenges they are likely to face and plan for how they will deal with these with the help of the rehab team, and other clients. This is much like the setting of a strategy by visualizing what your opponent will do.
The initial few months after treatment will be crucial since that is when former addicts are at the highest risk of relapsing. The first few weeks are especially dangerous since the person is still in transition. The risk of relapse declines once the people become established in their recovery, but it never completely goes away.
For family and friends, as well for a former addict, relapsing after getting through treatment can be extremely difficult. Guarantees of another opportunity of a recovery decline at this stage. Overcoming addiction one more time can be really tough to handle and achieve. 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. Because the person has already known what it's like to be clean, they may feel a lot worse than before.
There is an essential requirement for in rehab to develop an understanding about how relapse occurs. People generally do not return back to alcohol or drugs at the drop of a hat. There is usually a process that will lead them back to this stage. The individual will be able to take the right action to prevent it by developing an understanding of the relapse process. When they make an attempt to have information about relapse triggers they will know the type of behaviour is they should be looking forward to.
Many people significantly raise their chances of relapsing by making certain mistakes after rehab.
They are: People usually put themselves at risk by believing the treatment has cured them permanently. This usually means that when certain challenges come up, they won't know what to do. Overconfidence can lead to problems, even though it is generally encouraging when people are feeling good about their chances of staying sober. It can wreak havoc if a person isn't ready for challenges that will surely come. Aftercare is always essential.
You may be on mistake if you spend a lot of time with former drinking or drug using buddies. 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. The above saying simple points to the fact that relapsing can easily happen when one is surrounded by temptation. They can easily slide back into addiction if they continue spending time with old friends who are dealing with a similar problem.
Giving up on a substance that you abused is not the only change that you will have to make in your habits. Life troubles often present too hard of a challenge for those susceptible to addiction. If these people continue to deal with the world in an attitude that resembles business as usual problems will definitely continue to arise. This is sometimes referred to a dry drunk syndrome. A subpar life after the rehab awaits to these individuals even if they somehow don't go back to substance abuse. Creating a new reality without dependency is a crucial part about quitting substance abuse.
People should feel pleasure about their escape from addiction. It should mean a much better life in the future as it is an accomplishment. 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. Everything is just the way it should be and nothing is wrong. The problem here is that the individual can feel so good that they become convinced that all their problems are solved. This means that these people can bump down to earth particularly hard when something goes wrong, as it always will.
Those who expect too much of themselves will also have a tough time when they go back home. The rehabilitation will not happen overnight, just like the havoc the addiction caused didn't. Time is needed for things to improve. Reputations cannot be rebuilt right away and the loved ones may not be quite ready to forgive and forget. If expectations in early recovery are too high, there are high chances of getting disappointed.
Taking on too many challenges at once is another usual error that people make. It looks like they want, in the short time out of rehab, to repair all the wrongdoings. People are still fragile in the first couple of years of recovery as they are a time of recuperation therefore, it is important to not take on too much.
Sometimes people slip during their first few weeks at home. They take the drugs or alcohol and immediately regret what they have done. A person in this situation will rightly feel that they've let themselves down. A complete descent back into addiction doesn't have to follow every slip. The consequences of such a slip may be mitigated if the person gets back on the wagon immediately. The individual should use the opportunity to learn and understand the cause of the slip so they can avoid it in the future.