Transitioning from drug and alcohol rehab to real life represents the single greatest challenge to everyone leaving rehab.
If the thought of transitioning back to your real life doesn’t feel overwhelming yet, get ready, it will.
To increase the possibility of a successful transition, Costa Rica Treatment Center asks clients to thoroughly evaluate the possibility that, when possible, they not return home after treatment.
Here are a few reasons why.
Shucking personal responsibility is never an advised component to any addiction recovery plan. On the contrary, most recovery plans include a healthy dose of addressing the messes you’ve made and cleaning them up.
The problem lies in the plural of the word mess….messes. Nothing will overwhelm a person in early recovery more than the monumental task of sorting through the muck and mire of a life driven by the madness of an addicted mind.
When possible responsibly addressing these issues individually, 1 at a time, is advised. Unless you have an incredible support system, one educated and practiced in the nuances of dealing with addicts/alcoholics, a return home is probably not going to allow this to occur.
A Structured Sober Living Environment (done right) is undoubtedly the most effective model in helping people successfully transition back into life. The two components that helped get you clean, support and structure, will remain essential to navigating the murky waters of life outside a treatment center.
Sometimes informal sober living scenarios arise within populations whereby people group up and provide each other the structure and support necessary to pull off early recovery. Identifying people who are serious about recovery and will have a positive influence on your life can be tricky, but its certainly a skill you will need to start honing.
If neither of these scenarios are possible, I often suggest clients ‘cling to the program like a monkey on a tree in a hurricane.’ Excessive meeting attendance and fellowshipping, finding a sponsor or recovery coach, providing service to the recovery community, whatever you can do to help recreate the connection, support and structure needed to successfully transition.
How are you willing to change? What are you willing to change? What expectations and limiting self-beliefs do you regularly impose on your life? Is relocation, permanent or temporary, advisable for me? These are questions that should be posed and answered with a professional in a controlled setting.
What we do know is that if nothing changes, nothing changes, and that which remains unexamined and unchanged will consciously or subconsciously seep back into our thinking and behavior.
Because as addicted as we are to the substances we use, we are equally if not more addicted to the way we think and behave, our relationships, and the drama, conflict, and excessive stimulation of our previous lives.
Rehab might initially save your life, but where you go and what you do afterwards will determine if you get to keep it.
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