What to Expect After Residential Treatment

It’s hard to get help for drug addiction. But, getting help through treatment allows people who struggle with the cycle of addiction to break free of addictive behaviors and their consequences. And, go on to live a life of sobriety. However, many people who get help for addiction through treatment may not understand what happens after they spend time at a drug addiction treatment center. Or, what their lives may look like once treatment ends. This article addresses what is there to look forward to or expect after a person is done with residential treatment.

Cravings and Unwanted Temptations

One thing that people in early recovery should understand is that in their earliest days after residential treatment, there is the highest risk for relapse. Most relapses happen in early recovery, so people who have just gotten done with treatment need to know that protecting their recovery should be their top priority. And, that they may face unforeseeable temptations to revert to negative, self-harming behaviors. So, be ready to come across situations that may tempt you to relapse, but also be prepared to utilize coping skills that can help you through these moments.

As well as being tempted, in the early days of recovery, you may also experience severe cravings. Addiction isn’t something that just goes away after some treatment. The body will still crave the substance that it was dependent upon even after not using it for a while. And, the mind will still seek the use of addictive substances as a coping mechanism for unwanted thoughts or emotions. So, it’s important to go into your early days of recovery expecting to experience cravings. But, also expect to utilize the coping skills and self-care activities that can help you get through cravings and distract both your mind and body when this happens.

Losing and Repairing Relationships

For people in recovery, it can be necessary to accept that not all of your relationships are going to be the same after residential treatment. In most cases, it’s best to move on from relationships with friends or family members who are still in active addiction, as being around these individuals can be triggering to relapse. While you can always love these people from a distance, you should prepare yourself to have a talk with them about how you need to protect yourself and your recovery, and that they need to understand that you will no longer be spending time with them. Certainly, this can hurt. But, if you’re serious about protecting your recovery and moving on with a life of healing and recovery, it’s just a part of the recovery process.

On the other hand, while you may have to say goodbye to some people who may not be supportive of your recovery journey, you also need to work on repairing other relationships that may be with individuals who may support your recovery. This can include friends and family that you’ve hurt, lied to, used, neglected, or manipulated during active addiction. While repairing relationships after treatment, understand you are not entitled to forgiveness. Surely, you can apologize, but that doesn’t give you the right to be in a person’s life. If a person no longer wants to be associated with you, even if you’re sober, you have to move on. But, if they are willing to be in your life and give you another chance, remember to set healthy boundaries in place that you’ve learned about during your time in treatment.

Getting Help for Addiction with Us

Are you struggling with active addiction and finally want to get the help you need and deserve? Lotus Healing offers outpatient addiction services.  Find out more about our addiction treatment services and providers like Adam Freilich, from our website. 

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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