Life after Rehab

Life after RehabAfter emerging from the structured, supportive environment of rehab the real world can seem daunting. In a practical sense, you will have bills to pay, a job to either find or return to, paperwork to organize and mail to sort through. Many friendships will need rebuilding or reevaluating, family members must be met with or cared for and social settings need to be entered. Before leaving rehab think about how you are going to stay sober while readjusting to your normal life in Chicago.

Strategizing for a Healthy Post-Rehab Life in Chicago

Make sure that you take time to put together a plan of action before you are discharged from your rehabilitation center. Be aware of both the potential threats to your sobriety and the resources available for supporting lifelong abstinence from drugs or alcohol. An effective post-rehab strategy should include details about the following:

  • Establishing a diet and workout routine
  • Building strong, supportive relationships
  • Finding and pursuing something your passionate about

Establishing and sticking to this plan will benefit you. During the downward spiral of addiction we hurt those who are close to us. Your post-rehab plan should have a strong emphasis on relationships. There are people in your life with whom you need to start rebuilding trust and rapport. This should begin with an apology and a heartfelt commitment to change. Some of the people in your life that were hurt by your drug addiction may need time before they can continue a friendship with you, but go ahead and plant the seeds of healing for those relationships. Showing loved ones that you have a plan for recovery and that you are committed to that plan may help you reestablish healthy and supportive relationships with those who were hurt by your actions in the past.

Understand Relapse Temptations

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) developed the “HALT Method” to help recovering alcoholics remember when they will be most vulnerable to temptation and relapse. The letters in the acronym H.A.L.T. stand for “hungry,” “angry,” “lonely” and “tired.” When recovering addicts find themselves dealing with any of these four conditions, they are at an increased risk of returning to substance abuse. There will be moments in your post-rehab life in Chicago where you deal with each of these feelings, but, if you develop a plan that addresses the four main relapse triggers, you should be able to avoid returning to drug or alcohol use. A proper diet and exercise can help regulate hunger and eliminate fatigue and tiredness, pursuing a passion or means of personal expression can provide a healthy outlet for expressing strong feelings like anger and reestablishing open communication with loved ones can provide the support needed to fight temptation and maintain long-lasting sobriety. If you have a loved one who is especially supportive and trustworthy, consider asking them to be your sponsor.

Worried about Life after Rehab?

If you are concerned about life after rehab, please call our toll-free number. We are available 24 hours a day and would love to help you develop a plan tailored to your specific recovery needs and goals.