Alcohol or drug rehabilitation can be a long, hard struggle for anyone who has had a long-term or severe addiction. Once treatment has been completed, the client should feel an extreme sense of accomplishment. However, the transition back into normal daily life and activities can be a stressful time.
If they have been in a residential rehab center with a structured environment away from the temptation of drugs or alcohol, they must now learn to resist these temptations in everyday life. This is not always easy. The individual has spent time away from their normal stresses, such as work, family responsibilities, and other stressful situations. They have spent time away from friends who are still abusing these substances. It is easy to say “no” when the substance is not right there in front of you.
It will now be the time to put forth the commitment and effort needed to remain sober. No person can go straight from rehab and survive easily without some continued support. There are aftercare programs from which to choose to help you on your continued journey.
If the individual feels a little nervous with their re-entry into the world, a sober-living house can be the perfect solution for their transition back into daily life. In a sober-living home, recovering addicts live with their peers in a home where they have a counselor on hand to help when they are going through a rough patch with staying sober. They come and go as they please during the day. They can return to work and have freedom they have not had in the residential treatment center. They will, however, be tested during their stay for drugs or alcohol. There is no tolerance for drug abuse in a sober-living home. Each resident will have chores such as housekeeping, etc. so they can resume responsibilities that will be needed once they return to their own home.
Another option to help with transitioning back is outpatient counseling. The recovering addict can return to the facility and have intermittent counseling sessions or have group counseling with their peers who have also recently completed treatment in a rehab. Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that is not fulfilled all at once.
12-step programs are offered in almost every community in the United States. The individual can attend meetings, also with their peers, as many times a week as they feel is necessary. Here, the individuals can encourage and support one another while remaining sober. They can discuss anything from past experiences to the struggles they are having at the present time with remaining sober.
Aftercare is an essential part of recovery. Completing a rehabilitation treatment program is a major accomplishment and something to be very proud of. Sadly though, recovering from alcohol or drug addiction is an ongoing battle, one that must be fought every day. With the support of one or more of these options, it will be a road easier traveled.