If you need help because you have developed a drug addiction, you may be wondering about all aspects of treatment, but more importantly, what comes after drug rehab. Most affected individuals are aware of the need for a detox and rehabilitation programme if they want to get better, but many have no idea what happens when drug rehab comes to an end. Some fear that they will be left alone to face their old life and they believe that this will leave them vulnerable to a return to drug use. Many are then of the opinion that there is no point in even trying to get better because they are just going to end up right back where they started.
This is not the way drug recovery works. You will never be left to fend for yourself if you are treated by a reputable organisation. Furthermore, there are many fantastic resources in communities across the UK from which you will find support to help you change your life.
Know that drug addiction recovery is a way of life; it is about changing the negative thoughts and behaviours that have led you to this point in your life and then showing you how to learn to live a substance-free life going forward. It is not intended to be something that you do and then just forget about. So, what comes after drug rehab? How can you stay on the right track when your treatment programme concludes?
The transition from an inpatient programme to normal everyday living is, as mentioned above, one that many people worry about. They fear that they will struggle in the real world when they no longer have access to around-the-clock care and support from a team of professionals. However, you should know that you will be well prepared before you leave the clinic.
A big part of your recovery programme will deal with relapse prevention. As you may already be aware, addiction cannot be cured, only treated. This means that you are always going to have the threat of relapse hanging over your head, so you need to know how to deal with the triggers and temptations that will inevitably present themselves at various stages of your life.
Counsellors and therapists will work closely with you during your rehab to help you identify your triggers and cues so that you can be ready to face them in a positive manner. This will mean that with vigilance, you can reduce the risk of a relapse.
Before you leave your rehab clinic, you will likely have a number of meetings with the team who have been looking after you. These meetings are designed to get you ready for your return home. Part of this process will involve creating a continuing care plan that will give you an idea of what comes after drug rehab.
You will then have a final meeting where your care team will discuss your progress. It will also give the team a chance to discuss any concerns that they might have. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and to discuss any fears that you may have about your return home.
When you are ready, you will leave the clinic and return home with a plan in place for ongoing care and support. Most inpatient rehab providers include aftercare as part of their programme. This may mean that you can access regular sessions with your counsellor or therapist.
You might also be invited to various events and meetings with other recovering addicts from time to time. It is likely that you will be encouraged to stay in touch with the team, even after your aftercare support is finished.
You may have already heard about fellowship support groups before, and for most people, they are a vital part of the recovery process. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are a couple of examples of these support groups and it is likely that your rehab provider will encourage you to get involved when you leave rehab. In fact, you may have already been introduced to the basic principle of fellowship support groups, as most rehab providers include elements of 12-step therapy in their programmes.
Joining a group such as NA might not have been something you were considering before you began your treatment for addiction, but it is generally accepted that not including a mutual support group in your recovery plan will be raising your risk of potential relapse.
Consider the fact that fellowship support groups have been around since the early 1930s and that since that time they have helped millions of people to overcome addiction. And despite any misconceptions you have about such programmes, you should know that they are not based on any religion, contrary to widespread belief.
What fellowship support groups are though is a place where you can go to meet up with other individuals who have similar experiences and stories to you. Where you can go for support without judgement or recrimination and where you can learn from the mistakes of others.
The misconceptions about fellowship support groups tend to come from what people see on TV and in the movies. They might imagine a room filled with people who are down and out and who have no control over any aspect of their lives. The reality is completely different.
Fellowship support group meetings are filled with recovering addicts just like you. People from all walks of life including professionals, athletes, students, office workers, and musicians. Members will also be from all different age groups, and the only thing that they will all have in common is a desire to stay sober and to help others do the same.
If you have never been to a meeting before, you will obviously not know what to expect. Maybe you believe that you are going to have to stand up in front of everyone and share your story on your first day. You do not have to share anything until you are ready to do so. Moreover, although you might feel as though this is something that you will never be comfortable with, you might end up being surprised.
Many members are often reluctant to talk when they go to their first meeting, but after attending a few meetings and seeing how the process works, most are ready to share and are keen to have the opportunity to tell their story.
Getting involved with a fellowship support group will go a long way towards helping you avoid a relapse. This network of support with people who are there to help and support you can help keep you on the right track. You will know that you will always have someone to talk to who knows exactly what you are going through.
Furthermore, because fellowship support groups such as NA operate all over the world, you will never be far from a meeting should you need one.
If you would like more information about what comes after drug rehab, please call us. Our lines are available 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year. When you call, we can answer any questions that you might have and point you in the right direction in terms of accessing help should you need it.