When we have completed an addiction treatment program, we still have significant work to do to stay aligned with our recovery goals. We have started the process, but we still have a long way to go. Treatment gives us the foundation we need to get started. How we do after treatment depends on multiple factors, including our emotional readiness to keep up with our recovery program. One of the best things we can give ourselves in this process is the gift of continued support.
There are various ways in which we can receive continued support after treatment. Many programs offer relapse prevention education that we can benefit from both during and after our treatment program. We learn about some of the challenges of reintegrating into our regular lives, such as handling the relationships in our lives that are still plagued by addiction, and contending with addictive urges and compulsions. We get assistance making a relapse prevention plan which will help us delineate how we will manage the reintegration process. We can plan ahead of time for how we will handle these specific challenges – who we will call if we feel ourselves slipping, such as a sponsor or close friend in recovery, what kinds of mindfulness exercises we’ll practice if we feel tempted, how we will keep up with our recovery program, what support group meetings we’ll attend, etc.
Another way we can receive continued support is by living in a sober house, a home dedicated to sobriety where people who have received treatment can live together and support each other. Many of these homes offer therapy, recovery meetings, family educational programs and recreational activities, all of which support our efforts to stay sober and successfully maintain our recovery. When leaving treatment, returning home can be daunting and scary. We can fear the reintegration process because of how hard it can be to handle. Sober living is an excellent way to ease this transition and help us return to our former lives with the support and assistance we need.
Many recovery facilities offer after-care services, sometimes called outpatient programs, where you can continue to benefit from many of the same programs you received during treatment. You can keep working with the staff members with whom you already have a connection. You can continue to see the same therapists, attend the same support groups and participate in group activities. When we have a community and support system to help us after we’ve completed treatment, we’re much more likely reintegrate into our regular lives while keeping our sobriety intact.
Out of our beautiful custom home in Holladay, Utah, Pinnacle Recovery offers a premiere, customized clinical continuum of care for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders. With the healing and inspiring scenery of the breathtaking Utah mountains all around you, you’ll be motivated to work toward deep, lasting change and recovery. Call us today for information on our programs: 866-301-0573