So you’ve completed your treatment programme of detoxification and recovery from addiction — what’s next? At Home Detox, we understand that life after treatment for alcoholism can seem all too daunting. You may feel happy and excited to return home and start a new life of sobriety. You may also feel anxious about the risk of relapsing and uncertain about what that new life may look like.
Life after addiction and treatment may be your greatest challenge yet. But it’s one that you don’t have to face alone. With the help of a realistic outlook, coping strategies, and professional support, it is entirely possible to live a full life of long-term sobriety.
To help you kickstart your personal journey of release from addiction, our experts at Home Detox have addressed some of the most pressing questions about life after treatment. Read on to find out the answers to all your hopes and concerns.
What should you know about life after treatment?
If you’ve already made it through a treatment programme, you will understand that addiction is a highly powerful and complex disease. While it can never be fully cured, it is possible to manage it and maintain sobriety. A comprehensive treatment programme will have taught you many valuable concepts, skills, and motives to aid in your recovery. The rest, however, is up to you. It is your behaviour and the decisions you make that will determine whether you stay in recovery or fall back into old habits of addiction.
Recovery results will differ from person to person. Each situation will be affected by a number of personal factors and difficulties associated with addiction. You should prepare yourself for the possibility of relapse at any point. It may take place as a one-time slip-up, or as a more protracted process of slowly getting back into old drinking habits. Relapsing is not uncommon, and it does not mean the end of your recovery. It is possible to emerge from the experience stronger and more committed to sobriety than ever. The deciding factor in whether a relapse leads to success or failure in recovery is how you respond to it.
What can you expect from life after treatment?
Like the process of treatment and recovery itself, life after treatment will not look the same for everyone. Optimism about starting your new life of sobriety can be empowering, but it’s also wise to be realistic.
Taking an honest look at your situation is the best way to mentally prepare yourself for your return home. Be aware that you may come into contact with old triggers for alcohol consumption, like familiar faces or places that stir up cravings again. Your former addiction may also have left a trail of difficulties in its wake, from broken relationships and negative associations to financial or legal troubles. These are all issues that you will need to work on repairing and coming to terms with in order to move on with your life. It is normal to feel vulnerable at this time, but also essential to work past any feelings of guilt or fear. Focus on rebuilding a full new life for yourself and actualising the person you want to be.
That said, you should feel confident to face these obstacles with the skills and strategies learned from your treatment programme. Remember that you have already battled your way through the difficult process of detoxification and treatment. With a realistic yet positive attitude, you will be well-positioned to navigate your new life. A life of sobriety will not be easy to maintain, but it is absolutely possible for any recovering addict.
What lifestyle changes can you make to support life after treatment?
To set yourself up for success with continued sobriety after treatment, it’s smart to make some adjustments to your lifestyle upon returning home. Above all, it’s important to maintain a positive lifestyle. Eat well and nutritiously, exercise regularly, and do your best to get sufficient sleep.
Pay attention to your mental health as well. Reduce the risk of relapsing into alcoholism by practising self-care and building coping mechanisms. What are some activities that you find relaxing or centring? Think positive habits like meditation, yoga, cooking, or reading. Creative arts like playing a musical instrument, drawing, painting, and journalling can also be an outlet to express your emotions in a healthy manner. Taking up new hobbies or learning new skills can be great ways to stimulate and distract you from the desire to imbibe.
Also of major significance is what you make of your social life. A good support network of friends and family will help cushion you against the stress and pressures of returning to life post-addiction while celebrating your successes. So be sure to socialise regularly and maintain supportive relationships in your life. Just be careful who you let into your life. Avoid toxic relationships and anyone who puts pressure on you to use alcohol in social situations.
What kinds of professional assistance can you seek for help with life after treatment?
In addition to personal changes to your lifestyle, it is also highly recommended to seek out professional support and continued treatment for your addiction. This will help ease you into life after treatment and give you an ample support net when you feel at risk of relapsing. It may not need to be as intensive as full-time treatment, but consistent assistance from experienced counsellors will help you adapt to life post-addiction. Over time, you can modulate your treatment plan as needed or preferred.
Explore treatment options like the 12-step programme, a trusted and popular structure to help facilitate ongoing recovery. The programme outlines a series of character traits and principles that the recovering alcoholic can work on to build psychological resilience.
You can also continue to seek out counselling, therapy, and support groups. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings provide a safe space for healing and support among other like-minded recovering addicts. Individual counselling and therapy will also guide you in overcoming any psychological difficulties you encounter and equip you with powerful tools and coping strategies. If returning to a rehabilitation centre is a concern, don’t be put off by the fear of returning in person. At Home Detox, we offer telephone counselling and Skype counselling to make treatment as accessible and flexible as possible. There are many ways to merge counselling with the structure and rhythm of your life so that you can take charge of your recovery on your own terms. Life after treatment is what you make of it, so avail yourself of the tools at your disposal and get ready to embrace life at its fullest.
Home Detox provides support programmes and counselling to help recovering addicts stay addiction-free for the long run. Our team of experts is informed by first-hand experience with addiction and offer empathetic, informed care. To find out more about our services today, visit https://www.home-detox.co.uk/. You can also reach out via our free helpline at 0333 444 0315.