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Adjusting to Life After Rehab

a person takes a lovely autumn walk while living life after rehab

The two or three months following a rehab program are often vulnerable. Rehab poses a drastic change to a person’s life, and overcoming addiction is by all means a good thing, but the process can be taxing both physically and mentally. Some programs advise or require an extended stay away from home, usually in cases where home is conducive to furthering addiction.

Life after rehab can be just as unstable as before. Ensuring post-rehab life maintains the same addiction-free trajectory is just as important as the treatment. To ensure our patients continue to excel after rehab, Footsteps Beachside Recovery provides a sober living program for those living after rehab. Sober living homes offer a way to live following rehab that can significantly ease the transition back into everyday life. To find out how a sober living program can make living addiction-free easy, call us at 727-954-3908 today.

3 Ways to Adjust to Life After Rehab

As with anything worthwhile, rehab is something that takes perseverance and commitment. Even when treatment formally ends, that shouldn’t be the end of the actual recovery process. Many people have difficulty acclimating to their surroundings, especially after longer stays in residential care programs. These are just a few things to keep in mind:

1. Keeping Sober Company

The company you keep can profoundly affect your behaviors and, by extension, your quality of life. Keeping around those who discourage drug and alcohol use can significantly reduce the odds of relapse. Gravitating away from people who have, in the past, aided in your addiction will likely help keep you sober.

2. Knowing Environmental Pressures

Like the friends you keep, your home and favorite places influence how easy it is to remain sober. For instance, a supply of alcohol in the pantry or a bottle of pills in the cupboard can spark the short fuse of relapse. Ensuring your home is free of drugs and alcohol is one thing, but carefully considering where you go is another. Any social outing that could lead to restarting addiction should be seriously avoided.

3. Different Approaches to Stress

For many people, their addiction was a product of an inability to cope with some internal or external problem, whether anxiety, depression, or financial insecurity. These problems may persist after rehab. If they were drivers for addiction before, they must be examined clearly. Look to other coping mechanisms and solutions to the things that caused addiction in the first place.

Maintaining Sobriety For the Long Term

Many of the difficulties that follow rehab are those that can erase months of progress, necessitating another round of treatment. All too often, patients exiting rehab will return home and face exposure to drugs or alcohol. Regardless of what benefits they may have reaped from rehab, a cold re-entry into an environment rife with alcohol and drugs can restart an addiction within days or weeks.

Most treatment centers aren’t oblivious to this fact. As a means of counteracting the risk of reintroduction to drugs or alcohol, different approaches to transitioning back to life at home have been implemented nationwide. One of the most prevalent methods, the sober living home, reveals that there are still steps that patients can take as part of life after rehab.

Footprints Beachside Recovery Helps Transition Back to Life After Rehab

Rehab isn’t just about easing out of a substance use disorder. It’s about learning skills to maintain sobriety for the rest of a person’s life. Taking those skills forward in life is what we reinforce at Footprints Beachside Recovery. Our team of specialists can help you navigate out of rehab and into life again.

Our sober living programs are designed to keep the skills patients learned during treatment fresh and to serve as a transitional time from rehab to home. Unlike a halfway house, which allows a certain window of time to stay, sober living programs permit extended living periods. To learn more about how we help bridge the gap between treatment and home, contact us at 727-954-3908 today.