Rehab is focused on preparing people for the move back home for a lot of time - this starts for day 1. If people are not prepared for the transition, they are likely to find it a perilous journey.
Leaving rehab is a lot like graduation day in high school or college. However, it is critical for them to understand that the process of learning still continues because a number of tough challenges which they will be required to encounter. Preparation is all that needs to be considered during a stay in a treatment facility for what awaits when they get back home. Addicts need to be prepared to deal with all the situations that drove them in their substance abuse that might still be there. The key to make a successful transition is adequate preparation.
While the individual could be excited about leaving rehab, they must also understand that they could encounter a number of challenges, including:
Keeping distance from drugs or alcohol while in rehab it is made as easy as possible. The environment is designed to make it easier for the client to stay clean and thus temptations are at a minimal. Going home means no longer having such beneficial conditions to promote sobriety. Rehab has a lot of benefits and one of the best things about it is the availability of adequate support. People are always available for you if you are having any doubts, which can happen at any time of day. Once you go back home, this kind of support is not commonly available.
Family members and friends will react differently to the individual who is returning from Rehab. Some may be cynical about the chances of success while others may still be angry about the wrongdoings of past. Friends that you used to abuse drugs or alcohol with and are still using may have the most negative effect. They could attempt to get the sober person back to using.
The stress would have been an excuse for the individual concerned to begin abusing alcohol and drugs. Things will keep on happening even when you overcome your addiction. Nobody gets a free pass in life. Gaining strong coping skills is the only way to deal with these challenges.
Many people wait until they have reached a very low point or 'rock bottom' before seeking treatment. The ramifications of the low point will still have the ability to cause ripples. This means that even after rehab, people could still have to deal with a number of issues that resulted from their past actions and poor decisions.
Feeling a bit of agitation at the thought of leaving rehab is not a wrong thing.
It is an indicator that the individual is giving serious consideration to the move. It has usually taken a great amount of effort for the person to get to this point. It is like a boxer getting ready for the most important fight of their life. It is not enough to simply get into shape by spending a lot of time in the gym, they also need to use all available resources. The sports person may be a bit scared before the event begins but this shows that they are ready to do everything necessary to win.
People should feel more motivated to prepare for the change especially if they believe they'll be nervous when the time comes. Some of the things that the patient will have to plan for is the challenges that will likely be waiting and they can prepare for these with the help of the treatment team at the clinic. Boxers are known mentally to visualise their opponents with the objective of planning a strategy for the fight.
The duration when people are most at risk of relapse will be in the first few months after rehab. The first few weeks are especially dangerous since the person is still in transition. The risk of relapse declines once the people become established in their recovery, but it never completely goes away.
It can be extremely upsetting for the individual who has gone through the rehab only to relapse because it can also affect their loved ones. Subsequent treatment does not guarantee recovery. Addicts can find it difficult to muster the motivation to give it up again. This may mean that their relapse is a death sentence. Because they will likely have to deal with the same issues that caused them to quit before most people tend to regret relapsing. Being free of addiction even for a short time can make relapse feel much worse.
Knowing how relapse happens is crucial for patients in treatment. Going back to substance abuse doesn't really happen suddenly. They are usually lead to this point due to a process. By gaining a proper understanding of the process leading to relapse, people can take the right measures to avoid it. Knowing about relapse triggers will mean that they will know what behaviors to look for.
People who leave rehab with the belief that all their problems are solved are trending dangerous ground. It shows that they are not ready for what awaits them ahead. It is good that individually is positive about their future success, but this should not drive to self-satisfaction. Hard times are guaranteed to be there and if the individual is not ready for this it can lead to doom. Aftercare is always essential. It can be a serious mistake to spend too much time with people with whom you used to abuse drugs or alcohol.
There is a proverb that gets used a lot in AA that says that if you are at a barber shop for long enough, you will get a haircut at some point. People must understand that they are at an increased risk of relapse if they are going to surround themselves with tempting situations. Going back to a life of addiction is a real possibility if you hang out with buddies like this. It's not enough to just stop taking alcohol and drugs for you to be able to say that you've recovered.
Addicts usually have poor coping skills in responding to life situations. Further difficulties will arise if they keep on with other usual habits in their lives. This is often referred to as the dry drunk syndrome. Even where the patient manages to avoid relapse it will still lead to a less than desired life in recovery. Getting sober is referred to building a new life away from addiction. Getting sober should cause happiness with former addicts.
It is definitely an accomplishment, and it should mean much better lives in the future. However, sometimes a pink cloud syndrome can happen, which means that a person in initial stages of recovery can feel so pleased with their advancement that they become separated from reality. It just sounds like everything in life is perfect with no dark clouds hanging over the horizon. The problem here is that the individual can feel so good that they become convinced that all their problems are solved. That means that these individuals will feel severely hard consequences when something wrong happens, and it always does. People who have too many expectations may also begin struggling when they return home.
The rehabilitation will not happen overnight, just like the havoc the addiction caused didn't. It will take time before things are finally truly better. The possibility of loved ones being prepared to forgive and forget will certainly be there, but it will be difficult as the individual to build his or her reputation all over again. People are likely to be disappointed if they begin to expect too much in early recovery. Another mistake that frequently occurs is individuals who attempt to take on a lot immediately.
This is where a person will try to make amends for all that they did as quickly as possible. Former addicts are still very sensitive during the first few years of recovery when they regain their composure, so it is significant to take things slowly. During the first few weeks after rehab, it's possible to slip up.
They take the drugs or alcohol and immediately regret what they have done. A person in this situation will rightly feel that they've let themselves down. A complete descent back into addiction doesn't have to follow every slip. By immediately getting back on track with recovery, the consequences of their slip up will be minimal. The important thing is to examine the cause of the slip up and learn a lesson from it.