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Managing Life After Addiction Treatment

Patient Center
10.16.2020

You’ve finished your stay at Wellbridge and, having identified triggers that were fueling your addiction, you have learned ways to manage recovery. As you reenter day-to-day life, maybe feelings of excitement and pride are starting to shift to feelings of fear. Fear of having a relapse, fear of staying sober in your normal routines and fear of facing the world again.

Making the adjustment from rehab to life can be difficult. But you aren’t doing this alone and unprepared! During your stay at Wellbridge, you’ve acquired the tools you need to maintain sobriety through individual and group therapy, skills groups, and creative arts therapies. You’ve rebuilt relationships with your support system and you’ve learned more about WHY you battle addiction.

You are prepared for life after rehabilitation.

What Does Life After Addiction Treatment Look Like?

Life after rehabilitation looks different for everyone, but for most, it is a time of celebration and rebuilding. You’ll leave Wellbridge with a post treatment plan that includes:

  • Identifying your support system
  • Connecting with ongoing support programs
  • Practicing a healthy lifestyle
  • Aftercare treatment appointments with outpatient facilities and/or private therapists

This post treatment plan is your guide to integrating back into a healthy and sustainable lifestyle after your stay with us. By having a strong support system and knowing that Wellbridge is here when you need us, you are setting yourself up for sobriety success.

Gathering Support

During your talk therapy sessions at Wellbridge, you’ll have identified your support system – people who may have even attended family therapy sessions with you! These people are an integral part of your maintained sobriety and you should lean on them while adjusting back to life after rehabilitation.

Additionally, finding addiction-specific support groups in your area can be beneficial. These organizations are filled with people who understand what you’ve gone through and the continual journey of recovery. They can provide invaluable ongoing support.

Implementing Healthy Habits into Your Life

With the learnings from the wellness programs and nutrition classes at Wellbridge, you’ll be equipped to implement healthy lifestyle changes into your normal routine.  Nutrition is an important part of recovery, and incorporating these changes into your routine will set you up for long-term success in your sobriety.

Recognizing, Avoiding and Managing Your Triggers

Through creative and talk therapies during treatment, you’ve identified your triggers and learned coping skills to manage those triggers. Now you’ll be challenged to put those skills into action. It’s important to recognize your triggers, avoid them when you can and manage them when you can’t.

And, always know that your support system is there when your addiction triggers overwhelm you.

Don’t Let Relapse Deter Your Journey

Like many chronic health conditions, addiction cannot be cured. But it can be managed successfully. And like many of those other health conditions, relapse can occur. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve failed!

Relapse is not a direct reflection of failure on you, your treatment or your support system. Relapse is, in fact, part of the recovery journey for many.

If you’ve relapsed, your recovery journey is not over. It just means that, at this time, advanced support may be needed again. Reach out to your support system and your team at Wellbridge to discuss reentering advanced treatment. While we all hope that relapse doesn’t occur, it’s important to have a plan in place if it does.

Life after addiction treatment is living in recovery. It is an ongoing journey. While, at times it will seem difficult – no doubt – it will also be rewarding because you will be living your life again. If you haven’t yet started your journey to recovery, contact Wellbridge today.