For many people, this first step into recovery is the hardest. It’s perhaps one of the greatest challenges in a lifetime. Even if you go to the best drug rehabilitation, this is just the beginning of a long, complex process. Many pitfalls and obstacles remain, and those who have just left rehab need to realize that the journey has just begun:
Rehab is not a silver bullet
Many recovering addicts view therapy mistakenly as a magic solution that will solve all their problems. The truth, however, is far more complicated. Rehab enables a person to have the emotional and psychological ‘’breathing room’’ to begin to fix their problems themselves whilst at the same time providing them with the necessary tools to so, whether that be help in psychological or other medical areas.
Avoiding a (re)-relapse is key
Some people relapse and fall back into their destructive ways. It often takes a relapse for a person to truly decide to fix their issues once and for all. Though the circumstance change from situational and personal differences between different people, some will have to fully reinvent themselves to move on with life. This includes eliminating toxic relationships and often changing where they live or work. The fact remains that they have made the choice to change their circumstances to avoid a repeat of the same destructive actions/environments.
Mental Health is Physical Health
Many recovering addicts were addicted because of some psychological issues and the problems associated with them. Depression can cause insomnia and an eating disorders. This may lead to physical conditions like anorexia, for example. Receiving counseling of some kind after rehab is strongly advised. Fixing/managing the issue that was causing dependence is the only real long-term solution to not becoming an addict again.
Medication may be necessary
Whether it is for physical or mental reasons, consulting with a doctor and a psychiatrist whilst during and also after rehab may be necessary to change one’s lifestyle. The circumstances of each recovering addict are different even if broad similarities are present, so it is important to consult with those who are there to help about the best course of treatment in both the long term and short term.
A support network
One of the most important factors to consider is if a support network exists. Whether family, friends or a formal ‘’support group’’, not being isolated is a key factor in breaking away from addiction. Preferably all 3 forms of support are available but this is sadly often not the case for many recovering addicts. The key is to find what works for you. At Summit Estate, we can help you find the best solution for your problem. Please give us a call at 800.701.6997.