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What Do I Need to Do After Inpatient Treatment?

Post-treatment is a very sensitive time for a recovering addict.  Relapse is more common right after release than any other time. Keeping a strong focus on recovery is a lifelong battle.  To maintain sobriety the individual should use a few tools to help stay on the right path.

Find Sober Friends

The human connection with others is vital to life.  Love and care from others is a phenomenon. Everyone needs support and connection.  With the stigma of addiction, finding new friends can be difficult. The person in recovery can use resources to begin spending time with other sober people.  Support groups, 12 step programs, volunteer work, and various classes help the addict transition into society.

Continue Treatment

The journey to a successful sobriety doesn’t end when treatment is over.  The individual will need therapy for an extended amount of time to maintain abstinence.  Keeping therapist appointments will hold the person in recovery accountable and focused on relapse prevention.  As soon as the addict feels control over their life is when relapse can sneak up out of nowhere.

Routine

During treatment, the addict is taught to sustain a healthy routine.  Keeping up with the habits is easier said than done. The recommended time frame to create a habit is 30 days.  When the inpatient stay is shorter than a month, the individual is at a higher risk of not continuing the healthy habits.  To be able to preserve the routine, the person in recovery should check in with themselves every day. Having a list of rituals or self-care habits to refer to is helpful.

Affiliation

Affiliation is the sense of being a part of something greater.  Joining a support group will encourage the addict to build connections and continue to learn how to be successful in sobriety.  12 step groups have members of various levels of sobriety. Learning from others who have years of sobriety will give the newly sober individual different ways of coping with difficult times.  Group offers the opportunity to speak openly about addiction. People recovering from drugs and alcohol can feel awkward and out of place when trying to communicate about personal needs as a sober addict.

Relapse Prevention

Although post-treatment is a high-risk time for relapse, prevention should be at the forefront all the time.  Shortly after inpatient, the individual could notice the relapse prevention plan isn’t strong enough to support the cravings or stress.  Altering and changing the guidelines will give the person in recovery more control over personal needs.

We’re cultivating resilience for lasting wellness. Resilient House offers the highest quality behavioral health treatment to help heal addictions. Bringing together spiritual guides and holistic experts with trained clinicians, our programs are changing lives. Call us today for information: 833-change1 (833-242-6431).