Treatment will end and, when it does, your biggest challenge begins. Learning to live every day in recovery will be important to success early on and for the long haul. Planning ahead for recovery after treatment is vital to success. Learn some tips for planning aftercare that will support your journey.
When inpatient treatment has ended people may want to return to life as usual. The sudden end to so many available services at the tip of your finger can leave you feeling like you don’t know where to turn. To ease the transition from full-time treatment, some people discover intensive outpatient programs helpful. Intensive outpatient treatment programs can allow you to continue with recovery while balancing obligations of daily life. Many programs take place in the evening so they don’t interfere with work. Engaging with this program for a few weeks can be a healthy next step for your long term care.
A critical tool for early recovery is having a network of people who get the challenges of sobriety. Sober communities meet everywhere, including online. Places that are full of people who have been through addiction and know what success is like will help you make the transition. People who are newly sober are encouraged to connect with these groups, which offer support, love, and encouragement to help keep people on track through challenges of early recovery. Life can be isolating with no support system. Recovery should be a time where people reach out for support everywhere they can find it. Recovery is a time to learn how to live a new life, not go back to the old one.
Ask Family for Support
Sober peers provide an instrumental support system while family members often can ease transitions in early recovery. It is not up to family members to do recovery for their loved one but there are a few things family members can do to help make things easier while keeping loved ones in check.
- Let them know how they can support your recovery
- Share triggers with a loved one so they can help you avoid them or provide support
- Ask them for patience and consideration as you find your foothold in recovery
Early recovery is a time to integrate new, healthy habits into your life. It is also a time to break with unhealthy habits and people. This means establishing boundaries with friends and family members. In order for boundaries to work, they must be communicated. Let family members and friends know where your boundaries are and how you want to do this. If patterns continue, you may need to withdraw from a relationship that is not healthy for you. Sobriety is about not drinking or using drugs, but it is also about choosing not to engage in unhealthy relationships, thinking, or lifestyle.
With the right support network and help, you can fulfill your goals of staying clean and sober while also thriving in recovery. It all comes down to making good choices, sticking with recovery programs, and seeking community to support your journey.
Sound Recovery helps you get present in the moment with our programs, services and resources. When you find the right support team, you can truly thrive. We are here to guide you through the steps to recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.