Coming home from treatment can be an exciting, nerve-wracking time. You’ve worked so hard in your program and have developed so many tools to better manage triggering situations. There’s just one main concern: Is it any different putting these tools to practice in your “real” life than what you experienced at the treatment center? The good news is that it’s no different putting what you’ve learned to use at home, work, and in social instances because it’s you employing them. No matter the situation, you can respond in similar ways to how you did in your program.
A reputable treatment center should provide you with after-care services to help you transition from treatment to home life. Along with this should come support networks with whom you can rely on – it could be from a self-help group such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or something similar. It’s important to remember that just because you’ve completed your residential program, doesn’t mean that you no longer have the support network you created there. A 2017 study published by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center states that the most common types of social support are instrumental and emotional – because this support is so crucial to your recovery, it’s important that you return to an environment with a context and social network that is most conducive to your recovery.
Since sobriety is a way of living rather than just something you do, you want to take on the perspective that your work and home life should integrate with this lifestyle. Once you take on this view, you will see that certain situations become much easier to manage. For example, if your coworkers are wanting to go out for a drink after work, evaluate the situation – does this fall in line with my values of sobriety? If not, tell them you’d like to meet up for bowling sometime soon. Having family over to celebrate someone’s birthday? That becomes very easy – no longer serve alcohol.
In your treatment program, you’ve learned about the importance of structure, social support, goal-setting, and more. Employ these in your daily life as much as you possibly can. In doing this, you will find it easier to transition from your program to your daily responsibilities back home.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.