Transitioning to Home Life after Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, also known as the NIDA, on an annual basis 23.5 million Americans age 12 and older have needed treatment for drug abuse. However, only 2.6 million of those needing treatment have sought it. Enrolling in a high-quality drug treatment facility and completing the programs are a critical step for those individuals suffering from drug or alcohol addictions.

Successfully completing a treatment program can help an individual regain their sobriety, however, treatment is only the first step. Knowing how to transition to reality after treatment can take a tremendous amount of time and adjustment, not only for the recovering addict but for the loved ones as well.

Why Can the Transition Sometimes Be Difficult?

Major transformations, especially for recovering cocaine addicts, can cause intense moments of fear, excitement and anxiety. Although the transition from treatment to home life is a tremendous accomplishment, recovering addicts often fear what is waiting for them once they leave treatment. Included in the following are some examples of why this transition can be difficult at times:

  • Environment
  • Memories
  • Stress and anxiety

After treatment, even if for a brief moment, recovering addicts often return to their previous environment.  This could be to reconnect with loved ones or to gather their items to move. Even this brief encounter with a familiar environment can spark an intense craving. This brief, yet intense craving can be tough for recovering addicts to overcome and could halt the individual’s transition.

Memories often never go away, they can fade or seem like an altered reality, but we truly cannot forget everything. These memories can sneak up on an individual when they least expect it causing them to have a moment of weakness and seek out the use of drugs to alleviate or help them forget.

Once out of treatment and back at home, the recovering addict may be faced with some of the consequences of their past drug use such as legal issues, fines and court costs, among relationship issues.  This can cause a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety and cause one to ask if the struggles are truly worth it.

What Steps Can One Take to Ease the Transition?

Drug treatment programs do not last indefinitely and only typically last a few months. While in treatment, addicts are given the tools and knowledge to help them successfully choose sobriety over addiction. Even though one’s surroundings after treatment may be familiar and comfortable, the individual has changed. Now the recovering addict is hit with past memories that could be difficult to overcome. However, the following seven steps can help recovering addicts stay on course to their sobriety:

  • Maintain sober relationships
  • Evaluate one’s neighborhood or surroundings
  • Keep appointments
  • Focus on mental health
  • Find a support group
  • Offer to help others
  • Stay alert

Those whom have built friendships on a drug use may find it difficult to interact now without using drugs, ultimately putting one’s sobriety at a huge risk. Sober friends and family can be vital to one’s sobriety, as they interact and engage in fun activities that don’t involve the use of cocaine.

By moving to a new neighborhood, one almost has a reset button they can push on their cravings. This new environment gives the recovering addict a chance to explore new opportunities, feel safer, have fewer available drugs and even push the old memories away.

Rehabilitation programs often work on what is considered a stair-step model where the addiction care is gradually reduced as the individual’s sobriety develops. What this means is recovering addicts often have intense forms of treatment in the early days of recovery but gradually decrease the amount of treatment overtime. No matter how often one sees her treatment provider, each session should be taken seriously and should be considered a small but vital step toward the success of sobriety.

Because recovery can present difficult and stressful situations, sadness and depression can often hit a recovering addict at the worst time. These emotions can continue to build until a relapse not only seems possible but eminent. Finding a moment to reflect on something positive can be vital to one’s sobriety. Something as simple as volunteering or reaching out to other recovering addicts can help give a recovering addict the much needed boost of self-esteem to keep them on track.

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If you or someone you know and love is having a difficult time transitioning into life after treatment, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. Your life is worth the call, so call us today!

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