You’ve been working hard in rehab, and you may finally feel that you have a decent grasp on what you need to do. You’ve been speaking with your therapist, and you’ve been contributing quite a bit in group therapy lately. You may feel like you finally understand what’s been going on and how you can overcome your challenges. Rehabilitation is nearing an end, and you’ve been arranging with your family to get settled in back at home. There are a wide range of emotions you may be feeling – happiness, nervousness, pride, fear – you name it. While rehabilitation is almost complete, working towards your recovery isn’t.
A plan for recovery is essential for when you return home; this may be an actual paper document that you create with columns pertaining your goals, dates you may wish to have some completed by, what you might do if you fail to meet these goals, and more. Some treatment centers may provide after-care planning services as well, so you may be able to get additional information. There are some key elements that you want to consider before you leave rehab:
- Do you have a stable home to go to?
- Do you have a positive support system that you can rely on?
- Do you have the contact information of those from your treatment center?
- Do you have a schedule set of when you will continue to partake in volunteer activities, group meetings, etc.?
A 2013 study conducted by researchers in the UK titled “Recovery post treatment: Plans, barriers, and motivators” found that upon exit of rehabilitation, many people set goals to remain abstinent and remain confident in completing that goal. Additionally, individuals engaged in non-substance abuse related activity to be particularly beneficial, and maintaining a positive support system with family and children as wonderful motivators.
Suzanne Kane, a writer, blogger, and editor, explains for Psych Central that committing to sobriety, preparing for relapse, forgiving yourself, focusing on the positive, taking care of yourself, making good use of schedules and routines, building your support network, going back to work when the time is right, creating flexible goals that allow for growth, learning to make the right choices and understanding that you deserve to be happy are just a few of the crucial components to after-care. Know that you have what it takes to do this.
If you are seeking a recovery center that provides exceptional after-care services as well, contact us at 888-316-3665. New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned mental health and addiction recovery treatment centers. Our licensed, experienced professionals will work with you to develop the tools you need to overcome your challenges. Make the decision to take back control over your life today. Call us for a consultation.