After Rehab Part 2 – Working Out Aftercare


iStock_000037932394_SmallAfter rehab, you’re going to have a lot of things to worry about, and while you might not think it’s at the top of the list right now, if you haven’t worked out your aftercare program, you may be putting your recovery at risk. See, while you know you made so much progress in rehab, you might not know that a lot of that had to do with your counseling sessions. Both group and individual therapy help us to grow in so many different ways, and continuing with these treatments can help us to stay focused and determined as we make the transition back into “normal” life.

So, how do you work out the logistics of aftercare, so you can be sure that you’re putting your addiction recovery first no matter what? These tips can help:

  • Start by knowing where you will live. If you traveled for rehab and aren’t going to stay close to your treatment facility, you may want to set something up here, but if you’re going to be staying or living nearby your rehab, then you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the aftercare program that your rehab offers. You’ll enjoy continuity with your current recovery status, and it might make it easier to keep going with your recovery progress.
  • Understand your needs. This is also important, as some people do better when they feel more connected with their recovery journey. This includes the different treatments that you can continue with. Some don’t feel they need to visit meetings or go to therapy more often than once a week or so.
  • Develop a plan that works for you. When you’re getting ready to leave rehab, you’re not facing any other obligations. For example, you don’t have a work schedule and you don’t have to worry about your kids’ various activities. It’s important to make a plan that will work the best for you as you can see it, and that can be challenging. So, you might find that making things work around your aftercare program is easier than rescheduling these necessities.
  • Be honest when you have to. So, you’ve gotten a new job. Your boss knows you’re in recovery, but he doesn’t know what you’re going to be working with when it comes to aftercare. It’s your very best bet to try to schedule your appointments and meetings around work, but when you can’t, it’s a good idea to be forthcoming with your boss when it comes to scheduling so you can continue your treatment, and he doesn’t feel like you’re playing hooky.

Managing aftercare when you’re living life after rehab can be a challenge, but since it’s so important, you need to make sure you get there. At first, finding the balance between your recovery and your new life might be tough, but with time and practice, you’ll be able to incorporate everything and keep a strong recovery at the front of your life.