Completing rehab is a big step in creating a life free of drug addiction. Just getting this far is a reason to be proud, but it often leaves people wondering, “What’s next?” After rehab, you continue the recovery process in a less structured environment. While it is a chance to build the life you want, it also comes with some risks that you need to be aware of. Here is what to watch out for after rehab.
Bad Influences from Previous Acquaintances
Rehab (rehabilitation) is often removes you from the people that triggered or contributed your substance abuse. Now that you have successfully completed rehab, those previous acquaintances may reappear. This is a challenging situation that can pull you back into addiction.
What you need to watch for is your previous bad influences resurfacing. To fight this, physically separate yourself from them by changing your location or cutting contact with people unwilling to respect your new boundaries. At the same time, lean on the positive influences that you do have that support your healthy well-being.
Disconnecting from Resources and Support Groups
When you leave rehab, you are responsible for maintaining connections to the resources and support that will help you maintain a sober lifestyle. You must watch out for a gradual disconnect from resources and support groups.
Over time, your connection with these groups may slowly degrade if you let them. Instead find daily or weekly ways to check in with your friends from rehab, maintain attendance in support groups, and renew any positive connections. You learned you are not alone, so don’t isolate yourself from your support network.
Mental Fatigue from Transitioning Out of Rehab
Leaving rehab is a big achievement but it is also a stressful change. Something to watch out for is a build-up of mental fatigue as you transition into a new life. Constantly reminding yourself to behave differently can be mentally tiring. It may feel easier to slide back into old, but destructive, ways of doing things.
Many people find themselves overwhelmed and struggling to deal with the transition process, which can lead to a relapse. Make sure that you are seeking mental health support and staying connected to your support system. Also participate in activities that reduce stress to give yourself a break to refresh your mind. Physical sports, meditation, even a brisk walk are all ways to refresh your mind. Keeping your mind in the ‘right place’ is a crucial, but often neglected part, of making a successful transition after rehab.
Connecting with Ineffective Programs
After rehab, you may connect with programs in your community that can be of support. But be selective. There is no guarantee that these programs provide quality services or are a good fit for you.
When you make connections to aftercare programs, ask yourself if those programs are providing what you need. Don’t hesitate to find new support programs if you think that your current options are not working. Advocating for yourself here can mean the difference between a long and successful recovery and a relapse. At the Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana, we encourage our past patients to ask us about after-rehab programs.
Contact Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana
If you are looking for ways to recover from alcoholism or drug addiction, or other substance abuse problems, we encourage you to consider the Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana. We emphatically believe that choosing the right facility is a critical choice. With two campuses here in Baton Rouge, we have the space and staff to help you meet your challenges.
At Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana, we set you up for a quality recovery both in and out of rehab. Contact the Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana by calling us at (225) 361-0899 or filling out our online form.