Life after rehab can be a daunting prospect for many recovering addicts. During the recovery process, they are typically in a support bubble and often detached from any triggering influences in the outside world.

Many people fear that, when they leave rehab, they will be faced with the triggers responsible for their addiction, and the risk of relapsing is never far away from an addict’s mind.

Your rehabilitation journey doesn’t just come to a halt once your leave your rehab centre. Completing any rehab programme is a huge achievement and it’s important that you remain committed to staying clean by championing sobriety in all areas of your life, including your family, friends, work and social life.

What can you expect life to look like after rehab?

Dealing with life after rehab isn’t always easy, but with the right level of help and support, and a positive and willing mindset, it is possible to continue on your road to recovery, whilst living a happy and fulfilled life.

But first and foremost, you will have to come face to face with the damage your addiction has caused, and this often means rebuilding trust with your friends, family and work colleagues. However, if you have the right people around you, they will be supportive.

Above all, during this transition period, you will need to understand that it takes time and patience to rebuild your life again. You should focus on taking it daily and remember that any signs of relapse should be addressed with the relevant professionals immediately.

Access aftercare

Recovering from any form of addiction doesn’t happen overnight. It can take weeks, months, or even years and you will need to learn to go at your own pace.

There is lots of help and support available and it’s important you access the right care following any rehabilitation programme. This support will help you to adjust to a life of sobriety, integrate yourself back into society again, and prevent yourself from relapsing.

How to avoid relapsing after rehab?

When any addict leaves a rehab environment, their biggest fear is relapsing and returning to their old ways. But there are positive steps you can take to prevent this from happening, including:

  • Cut all associations with dealers
  • Avoid hanging around with old drug-using or drinking friends
  • Avoid environments which may tempt you to drink or use drugs
  • Seek support and guidance when you need it

Ultimately, the key to a successful recovery is to avoid all people and social settings that may tempt you to relapse. Instead, you should surround yourself with those that support you, find new hobbies and interests, attend ongoing support, aftercare and recovery self-help groups and always put your recovery first, no matter what.

At ANA Treatments, we provide individually tailored detoxification programmes that have been carefully designed to help our clients to rebuild their lives, gain confidence and re-discover their self-worth. Our mission is to provide our patients with the resilience and tools they need to live a healthy, responsible and productive life, free of alcohol.

For us, it’s all about encouraging recovery through support, respect and teaching vital life skills. For further information about our drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Hampshire, please get in touch.