One of the main reasons that many people suffering from addiction relapse is because they don’t have support outside of rehab. At a recovery center, an individual is given everything they need to succeed in their recovery. They have therapy, a supportive environment, doctors ready to monitor their health, and a step-by-step program that keeps them motivated and on a good path.
Once they leave this supportive environment, however, they are left to take what they have learned and adapted them into their personal lives. Not everyone can do this easily. For those who have gone through the recovery process after treatment, this article will discuss a few ways in which you can help build up a supportive network for you to rely on after rehab.
why Support Matters
It’s important to understand why having support matters first. For many addicted individuals, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. You are, after all, struggling with a disease. When you feel isolated, you’re less likely to make good decisions. Instead, you’re focused solely on surviving through each day. Addiction is especially worse because it makes your brain vulnerable.
Addiction literally hijacks your brain. It replaces hormones that your brain naturally produces in order to make you feel happy or satisfied. Without those hormones being produced regularly, you feel depressed. In a desperate attempt to feel something besides misery, you turn to drugs. The cycle repeats and repeats. Yet having support means you have someone to talk to about the depression that you’re experiencing. It’s an outlet besides drugs that can give you peace and direction.
Few can make it without relapsing if they don’t have a supportive environment.
1. Keep in Contact with Group
In rehab, you’re often placed in a group of fellow addicts. In that group, you share things with one another and support one another through the recovery process. You don’t have to stop talking to that group or a few of the individuals in that group just because you’re out of the recovery center. Exchange numbers with the group before you leave. You can even set a time and day for when you have your own outside support group meetings.
Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to stay in contact with people. You can have a Skype call from practically anywhere that lets you sit in on a group session. This support group is especially important because they were there with you when you were recovering. They were likely going through the same thing. This creates a bond that few others can recreate.
As a result, you feel more comfortable in sharing with them about your struggles than you likely will other people. With their guidance and support, you can maintain that network of recovery support well after rehab.
2. Join a New Group
If the support group you had inside of the treatment center is unwilling to keep in contact after you leave or you just need an in-person group, then you can find a ton of different substance abuse recovery support groups outside of the rehab center. Some of them are in-person while others are simply online. Depending on your needs and abilities, you can choose the option that will best give you the support that you need.
Some of these groups may be linked to an outpatient program that you can sign up for. These groups are typically made up of fellow addicts who are also trying to stay sober out in the real world. They have an advantage over using a support group from rehab because they understand just what you’re going through in trying to transition from rehab to the real world. They can offer advice, experiences, and may even be able to suggest jobs that are friendly towards former addicts.
3. Getting Rid of Bad Influences
One part of establishing a solid recovery support system outside of rehab is getting rid of bad influences. These are the individuals who supported your decision to do drugs in the first place. They may try to get you to do them again. You don’t need that in your life. These aren’t real friends. Whether they’re former friends or even family members, you should cut them out of your life to remove those influences.
A support group is necessary for continued sobriety in the real world. It all begins, however, with a treatment center. Call us today at 866-300-6707 for information about our programs.