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The Importance of Support After Treatment

A person fighting substance abuse has taken the first step and sought out treatment.  What happens after treatment?  Going home would seem a relief.  In reality, going home can be one of the most difficult parts of addiction recovery.  Other people with addiction could live in the home.  Common habits can kick back in easily.  Emotions from the past can resurface.  Making such a huge change in lifestyle and practices is laborious.  Without an immense focus on recovery, a person with an addiction can relapse quickly.  Temptations from people, places, and even items around the house can give the individual triggers to use again.  


The environment a person comes home to could be different than before treatment.  The family sometimes will change habits and alter the house to fit needs of the one returning, while other families are continuing to use drugs and alcohol.  Every situation is unique.  The person in recovery has to decide what environment is best.  Resources can be found at the treatment center or through friends and connections.  Sober living opportunities are available to individuals while going through intensive outpatient therapy.  Moving can be stressful.  The person in recovery should not feel guilty or ashamed about using the resources provided.  The importance of having a focus on recovery will aid in a successful one.

People, Places, and Things

Triggers will show up out of the blue.  The person in recovery will never know when a craving will hit.  Seeing old friends, walking by an old hang out, or seeing random items at home can remind the individual of using times.  Support from sober friends and group therapy can create a healthy outlet for the individual.  No one should face recovery alone.  Finding sober activities and visiting with others fighting a similar battle can give the person in recovery hope.

Emotional Struggles

Depression and anxiety are common with addiction.  Individuals don’t lose all of the emotions when detox removes the substances from the body.  People in recovery fight for emotional stability, too.  Therapy and 12-step programs are vital to a successful recovery.  Emotional support from the two groups will allow the person in recovery to express themselves without judgment or regression.  Learning and taking advice from people who understand the situation will encourage the individual to continue forward.  People who have been sober and in recovery for most of their lives will tell newer members of the group emotions will still become drastic.  

Recovery from addiction is a life-long journey.  Resilient House gives each individual the opportunity to join our elite Alumni Program.  The added support provides options to help other people with addiction, find your own continued support, and help you stay focused on sobriety.  Call us today to find out more. 833-change1 (833-242-6431)