So, you are fresh out of rehab and everything is in order. You’re motivated to sustain your recovery no matter what life throws at you and you are 100% certain that you will not relapse.
Well, we do not wish to dampen your spirits, but the harsh reality is that at least 40% of people leaving rehab for the first time will relapse within six months.
This harsh but true fact should make hard reading for you if you are about to embark on your recovery journey.
Remember, anything worthwhile in life will require hard work and determination, and your recovery is no exception. Going to rehab does not offer you a guaranteed recovery. You will still need to put in the work to achieve this noble aim.
The good news is that sustaining your recovery is achievable as long as you do not take your recovery for granted.
When you attend rehab, you are literally living in a bubble. Living in a bubble is advantageous because you are shielded from temptation and bad influences. However, once you leave rehab, you will once again be subjected to these forces and you will need to draw on as much support as necessary in order to sustain your recovery.
This support often comes in the form of attending local mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery. The rehab clinic you attended will also offer aftercare sessions to ensure you have access to help and support during your initial months in recovery.
The rehab clinic you attended will have also helped you develop coping mechanisms that help you through stressful events without caving in and relapsing.
It’s important to note that there does not exist any form of addiction ‘cure’. Instead, addiction may only be arrested using a variety of techniques. Integrating into a support group is perhaps the most powerful known technique to hold off relapse.
As you begin to re-integrate into normal life, you will from time-to-time experience events or emotions that serve to push you back into your old lifestyle. Also, your recovery often presents new challenges that you are unaware of and unfamiliar with.
If you are not on guard for these challenges, then your abstinence may become a thing of the past.
A list of typical challenges that arise following the completion of your rehab programme include:
To discover effective rehab clinics in your local area that will assist you both whilst you undergo your treatment and once you return to your normal life, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108.
Our knowledgeable helpline advisors significantly ease the process of locating effective addiction treatment for alcoholism in your local area.