If you have been struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, then you
may already know that
addiction recovery is an ongoing process. In fact, your recovery will last the rest of your
life. At our treatment program in Pennsylvania, you will develop all the
tools you need to maintain your sobriety. When it’s time to leave
the treatment center and adapt to living in your community again, remember
that additional support is just a phone call away. You can always get
back in touch with the drug rehab staff if need be.
Adjusting to Difficult Emotions
Every recovering addict has a unique experience when adapting to daily
life in the outside world. However, it is common to experience feelings
of sadness and anxiety, particularly during the first few weeks. If these
feelings persist, are severe, or place you at risk of relapse, you shouldn’t
hesitate to reach out for help. You can talk to your family doctor, therapist,
or the rehab team about overcoming these feelings in a safe and healthy manner.
Structuring Your Daily Routine
Structure is crucial for addiction recovery, particularly during the first
year. You should create a written schedule of your activities for each
day, which can help you focus on your current activity and what you’ll
need to do next—rather than drugs or alcohol. Even if you aren’t
yet returning to work, you can fill your days with activities such as
finding and attending local groups, taking care of housework, exercising,
and preparing nutritious meals.
Social support groups can also help you find the support you need to feel strong and confident
in your post-addiction life.
Interacting with Family Members
Your family may invite you to social gatherings soon after you leave drug
rehab. Although drug addiction affects the whole family, you shouldn’t
feel obligated to place yourself in situations that are still difficult
for you. Discuss your addiction recovery with your family and remind them
that it’s an ongoing process that you need to work on every day.
When you are ready to attend social gatherings with family members, make
sure they understand that alcohol cannot be available. Likewise, avoid
meeting your friends unless you are sure that drugs and alcohol will not
be present. If you do inadvertently get into a situation in which you
might be tempted to relapse, you should already have a plan for how you