The first step to addiction recovery is acknowledging that there is a problem and seeking help. The second step is the rehab program itself. But recovery does not end when your time in rehab is over. For many people, the transition from inpatient rehab back to the real world is the most difficult part of recovery.
Why Is It So Hard To
Return To Real Life?
In drug rehab, you are protected from the outside world. You don’t have to worry about whether you can afford to pay the rent, where you will find the time to meet work or school deadlines, or how to cope with difficulties in your work or personal relationships.
One of the biggest benefits of inpatient rehab is that you don’t have to deal with those things. Instead, you can literally leave your troubles behind and focus on your recovery.
But at some point, you do have to go back, and when you do, a lot of those same challenges will still be there. What will be different is that you will have tools and skills that you didn’t have before. You will be better at communicating and working through conflicts. You will have a better handle on past traumas and grief. You will be able to make decisions more confidently, and you will know how to keep your body and mind in better health.
The challenge is that you will not be well-versed in using your newly developed skills outside of a protected environment. Now, for the first time, you will have access to drugs and alcohol. You will be exposed to the same places where bad things happened, and you may run into people who used to fuel your substance abuse. Recordings of old events may play in your head, and it can be difficult to turn off those recordings.
Where Does Aftercare Fit In?
When you have completed your inpatient rehab at addictions.ca, we do not simply wave goodbye and wish you the best. We send you out to begin the next phase of your rehab – reintegration – but we are right there with you, ready to help you and your family members as you take this big step.
Our comprehensive aftercare services include the following:
- Access to a support line at any time of the day or night, so you will always have someone to call in times of crisis
- Continued monitoring of your progress, and advice on how to tweak your daily life in order to improve your chances of success
- Educational material for you and your family members, to ensure that you have the knowledge and tools you need to lead a positive, productive life
- Help with finding an appropriate 12-steps or another support group in your area, so that you can continue to have group support
- Referrals to therapists and counselors in your area, for those who can benefit from continuing individual or family therapy