Adjusting to Life After Rehab

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Life after rehab can be both exciting and overwhelming. The best way to build a strong recovery is to anticipate likely challenges by participating in a rehab aftercare program. You can make a plan to support your ongoing recovery and stay connected to the people and programs that support a substance-free lifestyle.

It’s normal to need support after rehab. Call 888.687.8014 today to learn more about how you can find support for any stage of your recovery at Northpoint Omaha.

Staying on Track After Rehab

Leaving a rehab program is an exciting time. It brings the opportunity to apply the lessons you learned without the structure of a treatment program. However, adjusting to life after rehab also brings many challenges.

Knowing what to expect and having a plan is the best way to set yourself up for success as you leave a rehab program behind. The important thing to remember is that you’re never alone in your recovery journey.

Anticipate the Challenges of Life After Rehab

One of the best ways to successfully adjust to life after rehab is to consider what aspects of your life support a new lifestyle and which put you at risk of relapse.

Take stock of the people, places, and things that might trigger cravings or relapse. Considering these factors ahead of time protects you from being caught off-guard and ending up in situations that put your recovery at risk.

For many people, the use of substances was an automatic way to cope with:

  • Stress
  • Conflict
  • Boredom
  • Loneliness
  • Sadness

Consider what coping strategies you’ll use instead of turning to substances.

Life after rehab is guaranteed to bring challenges and surprises. However, the lifelong benefits of overcoming a substance use disorder mean those challenges are more than worth the difficulty.

Tips for Building a Strong Recovery

Most people need to make significant changes to gain the support they need for a lasting recovery. However, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life to effectively overcome substance use disorder. Sometimes, quality trumps quantity when it comes to the changes that lead to a strong recovery. These three resources can give you the support you need to stay on track after rehab.

Participate in Aftercare

Aftercare is a type of post-rehab support group. If you attended an inpatient rehab, the next step should be a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). After any of these, it can be highly beneficial to maintain contact with your peers and treatment team by attending aftercare meetings.

Join a Recovery Group

There are many different forms of recovery groups, although 12-Step groups are the oldest and most popular. These programs can help participants continue the inner work started during a rehab program.

One of the chief benefits of a recovery group is that it provides a welcoming and supportive community of peers. Surrounding yourself with others committed to overcoming substance use disorder can be a powerful factor in avoiding relapse.

Try Sober Living

Sober living is a highly effective way of immersing yourself in a recovery-based lifestyle. Sober living homes can have a variety of organizational structures. What they all have in common is that they provide around-the-clock accountability. Living with peers in recovery allows you access to support both day and night.

Sober living homes often have a zero-tolerance policy regarding substance use and are usually used on a short-term basis in the months following rehab.

Northpoint Omaha Provides Support After Rehab

Northpoint Omaha is an outpatient treatment center that offers PHP, IOP, and aftercare services to individuals working to overcome substance use disorder in Omaha. Our treatment team can help you create a plan to maintain recovery from substance use disorder once rehab comes to an end.

Call 888.687.8014 today to learn more about how the programs at Northpoint Omaha can support your recovery journey.