Recovery is hard. Under the best of circumstances, it’s difficult to make a new life for oneself—new friends, a new perspective, sometimes a new home, a new job and a new relationship.
Continuing to progress and grow in recovery by taking part in a range of aftercare services is always recommended, but what does every patient seeking to start over really need to thrive in recovery?
Positive Social Support
Many people newly out of rehab regularly attend 12-Step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous in order to meet others who are also in recovery and connect with an instant community. This is one way to find the kind of positive support that is necessary to be strong in sobriety, but it’s not the only way.
Many people join different styles of support groups. Still, others begin attending family therapy or couples therapy sessions with their loved ones who want to learn how to better work together in sobriety.
Some people take advantage of alternative therapy options that emphasize the group. Sports therapy, outdoors and adventure therapy and artistic therapies—these are just a few that serve to help participants to decrease stress and connect with others who are likeminded.
It’s hard to overestimate the value of a job…or a school program…or a volunteer position. Anything that is healthy and positive can provides structure to the daily schedule. Right after treatment, many relapse out of boredom. Finding something that’s worth doing to occupy the bulk of one’s time and then filling in the schedule with aftercare services and positive social interactions can help the person to avoid the isolation and aimlessness that can lead to a return to active addiction.
Without hope, no amount of scheduling and positive relationships or goals will be able to secure sobriety for someone. Truly wanting to avoid relapse and a life defined by addiction is a necessary component to getting through the tough days and enjoying newfound sobriety.
Start at the Beginning
When both physical addiction and psychological addiction are present, no amount of willpower will magically make someone overcome the disorder. Rather, beginning the journey with an intensive rehabilitation program is necessary to stabilize physically and to learn how to put drugs and alcohol in the past in favor of a brighter future.
There are many options to consider when looking into different types of recovery situations. Ranging from short-term outpatient treatment to long-term inpatient treatment, there are options to accommodate individualized needs. Most recovery programs offer great aftercare services to help prevent relapse once returning back to a normal routine. It is best to do assess what your needs may be and make decisions that address those needs.
Contact us at Michael’s House today at 760-548-4032 to learn how we can help you or your loved one find a new life in long-term recovery.