How To Continue Your Recovery Post-Rehab
Every individual who struggles with Substance Use Disorder and decides to stop using will have a unique rehabilitation experience. Though each individual’s experience will vary, most everyone who strives for sobriety must go through a minimum of a three-step process. This typically includes a detoxification process, followed by some form of acute rehabilitation and then an individualized maintenance plan. Unfortunately there is not “cure” for drug/alcohol addiction. It is a chronic disease, and if mistreated or left untreated it can result in death.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
There are several types of rehabilitation programs available for an individual in need. Some are inpatient programs, meaning the person will reside at a rehabilitation facility. There are long-term inpatient rehabs, where an individual will reside at the rehab facility for 60 days or more. There are also short-term inpatient rehab programs that last for a minimum of 28 days in a residential treatment facility. In both long-term and short-term residential rehab centers an individual is required to attend daily therapeutic programming geared towards helping to maintain one’s sobriety.
Alternatively there are outpatient rehabilitation programs. In an outpatient program, individuals are required to participate in a certain number of hours in daily activities, which can include various forms of group and individual therapies, intended to aid in maintaining one’s sobriety. Once the required daily time has been met at the facility, the individual will go home to sleep, and then return the following day, until the conclusion of the program. The length of time for outpatient programs varies, but typically lasts a minimum of seven days.
Post Rehabilitation Sober Living Facility
There are many sober living facilities that are available for individuals who have successfully completely a drug rehabilitation program. Sober living facilities are considered to be somewhat of a step between an inpatient recovery program and living on one’s own. Each sober living facility will have its own set of rules and regulations that must be honored by each resident. One possible rule for a resident in a sober living facility is to maintain steady work, whether it is volunteer work or a paid job. This helps to ensure each recovering individual is creating a healthy and consistent daily routine.
Sober living facilities have strict regulations regarding alcohol and drugs. For obvious reasons alcohol and any illicit substances are forbidden on the grounds of a sober living residence. Also, it is not uncommon for sober living facilities to do random drug testing. Many sober living facilities also require individuals to attend AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) on a regular basis. The rules and regulations are in place to help each individual residing at the sober living to become familiar with healthy life choices, in direct relation to maintain his or her sobriety.
Diet and Exercise
Regardless of the way in which one chooses to continue his or her recovery after a rehabilitation program is completed (i.e. moving to a sober living facility or not) it is essential to take care of one’s physical health through diet and exercise. When abusing a substance for any period of time it is not uncommon for an individual to allow one’s physical health to get pushed to the back burner. People often eat unhealthy foods and become lazy in terms of physical exercise. It is common knowledge that one’s mental state can often manifest in one’s physical body. If an individual has been dependent upon a foreign substance due to abuse of said substance, eradicating it from one’s system can cause chaos to one’s physical body. Maintaining a healthy diet and frequent exercise can aid in an individual’s mental health, which can be extremely beneficial in supporting one’s recovery. By getting a head start with a healthy daily diet and exercise routine, one’s reintegration into society can be slightly easier.
Suggestions for Continued Recovery
Every individual is different and will respond to treatment differently. Many rehabilitation programs will help a graduating individual create a program post-rehab that is unique and catered solely for that individual. The guidance provided for each individual can range depending on what he or she needs. From the moment one concludes his or her official treatment program it is essential to continue an active roll in one’s recovery. Continuing to participate in therapeutic treatment programs that had been helpful to the individual during rehab and continued attendance of therapy sessions can be greatly helpful. Additionally, having a relapse prevention plan is essential to one’s continued sobriety. Never hesitate to ask for help when concerned about abuse of drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol addiction can be a deadly disease if not properly addressed.
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