It was once said,
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
If you’ve participated in a treatment program and you’re preparing to go home, pat yourself on the back. You’ve been working so hard. While it’s often looked over, after-care is just as important as the treatment program itself. You’ve spent a lot of time, money, and effort into developing the skills you need to lead a happier, healthier life. Your life after treatment is more than simply going home – it’s a matter of implementing what you’ve learned, continuing to utilize the daily structure you’ve acquired from treatment, and relying on your resources to help you in times of need.
If you’re part of a reputable treatment center, you’ll likely have comprehensive planning assistance for your return home. In planning your departure from treatment, there are 5 major things you shouldn’t forget:
- Having a relapse prevention plan. You should have a good idea of what your triggers are, how to notice when you’re vulnerable to triggers, and ways to reduce your chances of relapse.
- The names and numbers of people you can call. These could be family members or a significant other, as well as recovery group leaders, therapists, and peers that you know are working hard towards recovery just as you are.
- Support groups that you can attend. Whether it’s a 12-step group or a sober living home, you should have something that you regularly attend to maintain your life of sobriety.
- That you’re capable of succeeding. Don’t allow the pressure of leaving treatment to overwhelm you. You’re very capable of using the tools you’ve learned in treatment, of surrounding yourself with individuals that support your recovery, with participating in activities that are conducive to your recovery, and of living a happier, healthier life. Don’t give up on that.
If you are considering seeking treatment, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. It’s never too late to seek help.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.