After Rehab – Knowing Your Options Can Help Keep Your Recovery Strong
After rehab, you might be feeling like you’re never going to be “normal” again. You might leave your treatment facility feeling lost and afraid, and more than a little lonely. In fact, no matter how much support you have, you might be feeling this way. It’s very common, but when you know all your options, you might actually go a long way toward feeling totally in control of this next stage of your recovery journey.
So, what are your options when you’re first out of addiction treatment, and how do you know what’s going to be the right choice for you?
You Really Have a Lot of Things You Can Do After Rehab
First things first, you might not know it, but you really have a lot of things that you can do after rehab. In fact, you’re not limited when you’re coming out of treatment. As long as you’re working within your confidence level, and making sure that you’re not overstretching your level of security, you might just find that there are a ton of things you can do.
Did you know that people who are in recovery from their addictions can actually come out of their journey with a tremendous amount of success? Some say it’s the determination that they apply to their recovery that carries over into all other areas of life. Others say that it’s the confidence you build when you realize how clean and sober you can be, and how great living a healthy life can feel.
While you don’t want to go overboard, it’s time to start imagining what you can do with your new life. This is a point that takes courage to move forward, so when you’ve taken the time to think about what you really want to do, you’ll find that it’s easier to tap into your inner courage when you start feeling stuck and afraid.
Imagining is Good, but Don’t Forget to be Practical, too
Imagining all the things you can do is fun, and it will come into play, but when you’re first thinking about what to do after rehab, you will need to take care of some practicalities first. These will help to reduce, and even eliminate many of the stressors that you might experience.
Remember, stress can cause you to think about relapsing, so doing away with as much of it as possible will be one of the best things you can do for yourself and your recovery. These are some of the most important things to get in line when you’re thinking about what you’ll be doing after rehab.
- Consider your living arrangements first. The first thing you want to do when you’re thinking of the time immediately after rehab is to consider where you will live. How you will live, and who you will live with can make a tremendous difference in your recovery journey. So, explore all your options here. If you have a family, you’re probably eager to get back to them. If you’re alone, though, consider moving into a sober living facility to surround yourself with others who are recovering just like you are. Either way, try to get away from those areas that were your triggers. While you don’t want to cause yourself undue stress, it’s a good idea to, at the very least, think about making a move.
- Think about what you’ll do for a living. Some people are great with returning to their old jobs, while others aren’t so ready to do this. If you’re not ready, try getting a job that doesn’t have a ton of stress attached to it. You can make bigger future plans as you get more settled in your recovery journey, but for now, just find a way to make a living without all the stress, drama, and triggers that you were struggling with before you went to rehab.
- Put a relapse prevention plan in place. Relapse prevention is about more than just going to therapy. It’s about building a community and starting to find the “You” that is comfortable with your recovery journey. You have to learn how to be comfortable with being clean and sober, and that’s going to mean continuing therapy, group therapy, and probably even meetings. The upside is that group therapy and meetings are a chance to be around others who are working on staying clean and sober, too, and therapy is going to give you that essential insight into yourself, your heart and your soul that you need to be comfortable.
These are some of the practicalities that you’ll want to have in place before you start acting all the things you really want to do in the rest of your life.
How to Decide what’s Right for You
Now, you might be looking at this thinking that you have a lot of ideas of what you would like to do with your life, but you aren’t so sure what you should do. How does one decide what they should be doing with the rest of their lives? Is there some kind of formula that will guarantee success when it comes to choosing what to do after rehab?
Before you go committing to something that you aren’t sure about, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to take some time to think. Get really secure in
your recovery journey, and make sure you’re in the right place in your life. Many people wait as long as a year into their recovery journey to make any serious moves toward doing what they really want to do.
Others decide to plunge right into a new career and experience because they find that being immersed in something new is just what they need to keep them feeling fulfilled and excited about each new day.
You’ll probably know what you need to do by how you feel about your recovery. If you feel like you’re seeking something to keep you busy, and you have an idea of what you want to do, it might be the perfect time to start taking some classes or get started with that new career path.
If you’re still feeling like you’re trying to put all the practices of your recovery into play, don’t stress yourself with making things happen right now. Instead, spend your immediate time after rehab focusing on your aftercare program and staying strong in your journey.
You Have to Go to Rehab First
Okay, so all of these tips are great, but if you’re not in rehab right now, you can’t really think about what to do after rehab. You have to go to rehab first so you can get your recovery underway. That’s where we at Elite Rehab Placement come in handy.
Here’s how it works: you contact us. You can email us or you can call us, and give us your insurance information. Our insurance experts dig into your policy to determine what kind of addiction treatment coverage you have and how much you’ll wind up paying out of pocket. Now, if you don’t have insurance, that’s okay. We can still help.
Our treatment specialists are going to talk to you to get to know your needs, what you like, understand your addiction better, and match you up with an addiction treatment program that really makes sense to you. You won’t be heading off to a rehab that makes you feel trapped and broke, you’ll be going to an addiction treatment facility that makes you feel like you’re doing something amazing in your life.
After rehab, you’re going to have a tremendous number of choices with what to do with your life, but before then, you need to get your recovery started. Why not give us a call today and find out how we can help you live a healthy, happy life? You can’t get to after if you don’t take the first steps. The rest of your life is calling, so why not call us today?