While many people go out of state for drug treatment programs, life after rehab starts with moving home. For some people, however, it’s better to move away permanently from the place where addiction took hold. By going away—and similarly, staying put after drug rehab—people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction are better able to minimize triggers, or the people, places, and things that prompted their addiction in the first place. Ultimately, however, recovery is not about where you are, it’s about what’s going on inside; you can get sober anywhere, and you can stay sober anywhere. There is life after addiction—we promise!
While it only takes a few weeks to detox, it can take months—typically, at least 90 days—for someone in recovery to complete a drug treatment program. Once “out,” you’re expected to live life on life’s terms, and for most people, that can feel pretty raw at first. While in rehab, there was structure; now, you will have to work hard at maintaining that structure in order to prevent relapse.
Once you get out of rehab, you will have to maintain your sobriety with less physical and emotional support. Here are some of the things we’ve found to be most useful:
Handling stress is a major factor in preventing relapse, and how you do that depends on the tools that you have developed to cope with triggers, emotional ups and downs, and physical cravings. Relapse is part of a process, and often it’s brought on by exhaustion, being dishonest, frustration, self-pity, and lack of discipline. Some ways to avoid relapsing include:
At Cornerstone Recovery Center, our Alumni Recovery Program provides ongoing support and fellowship to those who’ve completed our drug treatment programs. Some of our recovery resources include hosting group events every month and offering 24-hour phone, chat and text support. If you or a loved one needs help for an addiction, please contact our admissions counselor online or call 1-888-711-0354 today. All communications with our staff are confidential.