The prospect of getting out of rehab can be an exciting thought – but it can also make you feel overwhelmed and afraid. How will you adjust to “life on the outside” without constant, professional support? What happens when you have to face a traumatic event or even day-to-day challenges? Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for life after rehab.
Plan for the future
This plan can include putting together a “support team,” made up of trusted friends and family members and health care professionals. You might also consider finding a support group.
Strive to stay healthy
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can make a big difference in how your body and mind feel. Find an exercise you enjoy doing (and even look forward to). It can help reduce stress and also provide a much-needed distraction for you.
Manage your triggers
During rehab you have no doubt discovered what your triggers are. Stress is one obvious trigger, but a trigger can also be people, places, situations, and even smells and sounds that remind you of a time when you used drugs or alcohol. It is important, of course, to avoid these triggers if you can, and learn how to cope with them in a healthy way if you can’t.
Be ready if you relapse
A relapse can occur soon after a patient gets out of rehab or even years later, and it doesn’t mean that you or the treatment has failed. Don’t dwell on the possibility of a relapse – but do make a plan just in case. Put together a list of people to contact in case you do relapse, so they can help you to find the support you need or get you back into treatment.
Think of it this way – during your entire time in rehab, you’ve really been preparing to get out of rehab! You’ve been working on skills and techniques to help you deal with your new life, and now is the time to use those skills. The team at Wasatch Crest Treatment in Heber, Utah, is there for you, every step of the way. Call (800) 385-3507 today!