Support after rehab
Completing a rehab treatment programme is an incredible achievement for anyone overcoming addiction.
You may have become used to the routine of rehab, the company of your peers and medical staff, and the lack of outside distraction.
Leaving rehab can be a very intimidating experience, and you may be fraught with questions about what to expect, how to stay sober and how you will reintegrate into society.
We’re here for YOU
The Executive Rehab Guide’s post-rehab section will answer any questions you may have about life after rehab.
If you or a loved one is recovering from addiction and needs further support our helpline is fully confidential.
What aftercare support is available?
The support doesn’t stop after rehab.
There are so many people, and so much support available to keep you motivated and maintain a sober life.
Aftercare support includes:
- Individual Therapy
- Aftercare plans
- Relapse prevention plan
- Regular check-ups
- 12-step programs
- SMART models (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
Reintegrating into society
Though your care plan will provide aftercare support, you might be apprehensive about other aspects of life after rehab.
Building a new life
As well as coping with cravings and triggers, another difficult thing you will have to do after treatment will be to build healthy habits and relationships.
You will have to disconnect from those people who fuelled your toxic habits, and if you were close to them, then this can be a hard process.
It is important to think positively – you are leaving your old life behind, and along with it, those who did not have your health and best interests at heart.
Surround yourself with family and sober friends who are there to support you.
Many patients worry about having to deal with cravings on their own after leaving rehab.
Residential rehab will allow you to identify your triggers, and provide you with the tools to curb cravings. Your relapse prevention plan will outline these.
Cutting out places and people that you associate with your old life and addiction is a good way of avoiding cravings.
Tips for staying sober:
Begin a new sport or hobby
Making long term lifestyle changes will help improve your overall health and mentality, as well as curb cravings and cope with triggers.
Exercise is a great way of getting your body moving.
It will make you feel better, provide a positive distraction, and enable you to form a sense of routine in your life.
Pairing exercise with relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation and a healthy balanced diet will improve your energy levels and overall happiness.
Be open-minded and empower change
Removing alcohol and drugs from your life is not only difficult, but it is not enough to ensure long-term health and vitality.
Be open to new ideas, honest about your past experiences and current feelings, and be willing to try new habits.
The prospect of completely changing your life can be daunting. but think in a positive way to empower and embrace the change in your life.
By changing habits and learning new things, you will be rebuilding your life for the better.
Don’t hide from your past or be ashamed of your illness, but use it as a motivator for change, and enjoy the process of the person you are becoming.
We are here to help
Forming a new routine, and filling your time with new hobbies and healthy habits will give you the best chance at sustaining permanent recovery.
We understand that overcoming addiction is one of the hardest things you will have to do in your life.
It is not a fast process but requires continued dedication and commitment.
What support does Castle Craig offer post-rehab?
- Aftercare and relapse prevention plan
- Support groups and 12-step programmes
- Monthly check-ins
- Continued 24/7 support and advice