Plenty of time is provided on preparing an individual for the transition from the centre for the home and this procedure begins from day 1. For those who aren't prepared, this change can be a rough experience.
The last day in rehab can be discovered by the clients as being similar to graduation day. The important thing however is to know that the hard challenges are yet to come and learning is not yet done with. Time in a treatment clinic is focused on the challenges they will face when they go home. All conditions and circumstances that triggered the start of the abuse may still be in place and the patient must be prepared to deal with and overcome them. Success can only be achieved through adequate preparation for this transition.
While the individual could be excited about leaving rehab, they must also understand that they could encounter a number of challenges, including:
Avoiding drugs and alcohol in rehab is very easy for the patients. The entire focus of the environment is on helping clients overcome their addiction while protecting them from temptation. The conditions that make it easy to stay clean may not be present at home. Rehab has a lot of benefits and one of the best things about it is the availability of adequate support. Negative thoughts can take control at any time of the day or night, but there is always somebody to discuss with. The real world doesn't provide such kind of support.
Once patients go back home from treatment, family and friends might show various sentiments towards them. Some might still be upset about previous mistakes, while others might doubt that abstinence is possible. Those who are continuing to be involved in substance abuse bring the most dangerous reactions. They may try to wreck the attempts of the newly clear-headed individual.
The stress would have been an excuse for the individual concerned to begin abusing alcohol and drugs. Unfortunately, achieving soberness does not mean that life will come to a stop. There is no free pass for anyone in this life. You will need to develop coping skills so you can handle these issues in a better way.
Hitting a particularly low point in the life is the reason for many people to end up in rehab. The ramifications of the low point will still have the ability to cause ripples. This may mean that people may still have to face the consequences of their bad behavior when they leave rehab.
Being a bit scared at the thought of getting out of rehab is not bad.
It is a symbol that the individual is taking the move seriously. It has usually taken a great amount of effort for the person to get to this point. It is similar to a sports person preparing for the biggest event of their career. 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. Before the start of the event, the athlete may feel a bit nervous but this is only natural and shows that they understand the immensity of the challenge ahead.
Patients that are reasonably worried about going back home need to draw strength from their preparation. The rehab team along with other clients will provide all the help needed for the individual carefully to consider the challenges which they are likely to encounter and prepare plans of how they will deal with these. This is similar to how an athlete visualizes their opponents and comes up with strategies on how to defeat them.
The initial months after the stint in rehab is when the risk of relapsing is usually highest. The initial weeks will be particularly hazardous because the individual is still going through the procedure of transitioning. Even though the risk of relapsing never really vanishes, it certainly decreases when individuals already prove themselves in their recovery.
Going through rehab and then falling into relapse is very annoying for the patient and their family and friends. Subsequent treatment does not guarantee recovery. Addicts can find it difficult to muster the motivation to give it up again. Relapse could therefore unfortunately mean death to the addict. Addicts who go back to addiction will regret it a lot as it means going back to the same circumstances that got them into rehab the first time round. Being free of addiction even for a short time can make relapse feel much worse.
There is an essential requirement for in rehab to develop an understanding about how relapse occurs. People generally do not return back to alcohol or drugs at the drop of a hat. There is usually a process that will lead them back to this stage. The individual will be able to take the right action to prevent it by developing an understanding of the relapse process. Knowing about relapse triggers will mean that they will know what behaviors to look for.
The risk of relapsing is increased by the numerous mistakes that people make after leaving rehab.
These are: People usually put themselves at risk by believing the treatment has cured them permanently. It shows that they are not ready for what awaits them ahead. Although being positive about your future prospects is a good thing, becoming complacent because of that isn't. People who are not prepared for the tough days which are likely to come will find themselves facing disastrous situations. It is always important to have aftercare.
Spending plenty of time with former drinking mates or drug users can be a mistake. In AA there is a saying that goes, if you are in a barber shop for long enough you will eventually get yourself a hair cut. This simply means that those who choose to stick around tempting surroundings will eventually succumb and relapse. Keeping the company of friends from the past can lead you back into addiction.
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. By continuing to deal with life as they have always done in the past, this attitude will eventually get them into trouble. Simply giving up alcohol and nothing else only means that you've become a dry drunk. It will mean a poor quality of life in recovery even if they manage to avoid relapsing. Getting sober is referred to building a new life away from addiction.
Getting away from addiction should be a happy time for you. It should mean a much better life in the future as it is an accomplishment. However, the pink cloud syndrome can also set in which is a condition where a person loses touch with what's real by getting wrapped up in their initial accomplishment. Such a person will not see the problems in life and everything will feel like it couldn't be better. Such a person may start to imagine that their problems are done and this is where the problem lies. This means that these people can bump down to earth particularly hard when something goes wrong, as it always will.
People who have too many expectations may also begin struggling when they return home. The problems caused by the addiction did not occur overnight, and therefore, the repair process will also take some time. It takes time for things to get better. Your status needs to be recreated gradually and family and friends might need some more time to let go and forgive. People are likely to be disappointed if they begin to expect too much in early recovery.
Another general mistake that people normally make is that they attempt to take on too much right away. There is an attempt at fixing everything that is wrong in their lives within a week. People are still fragile in the first couple of years of recovery as they are a time of recuperation therefore, it is important to not take on too much.
On many occasions and during their first few weeks at home, it has been noticed that people begin to slip. They abuse some substance and feel sorry for it immediately. Such people usually get the feeling that they have let themselves down and in most cases they have. Any slips should never be taken lightly, but they neither have to lead to a full-blown relapse. The fall-out of the individual's behavior will be limited if they can get right back to recovery. The important thing is that the causes of slip are examined by the individual and he learns from it.