Your life has changed dramatically when you go to one rehabilitation clinic (clinical mental health care). And now the clinical treatment is over, your life changes again. For some, this is a moment of joy, the moment they have lived towards. For others it is exciting and uncertain. After all, the life you led when you were still on drugs will never be the same again.
You are likely to encounter certain obstacles and difficulties at home, even if you may not be expecting them. And while you are being prepared for this moment, it helps to know what to expect when you leave rehab.
Recovery remains a priority
Going home after the treatment gives most a feeling of satisfaction. Of course it is important that you are proud of what you have achieved, but also remember that addiction is a disease that you are stuck with for the rest of your life, you stay in recovery. You've been to rehab, but that doesn't mean you've been cured. You cannot relax yet, because the first days, weeks and sometimes even months are crucial. Doing nothing is not an option. Recovery should remain your priority.
Take your distance and let go
One of the hardest things to accept when you get back from rehab is that your social life changes. It could mean losing old friends (or were they friends?), Making new friends, and changing relationships. Sometimes it is difficult to distance yourself from people from your old life, but it is often necessary. Drug-using friends or family members who do not support you can get in the way of your recovery.
Just going back to a place that reminds you of your old life or meeting old friends can be a trigger. And we are not even talking about the situations that can arise where you have to look your addiction straight in the eye. It's a good idea to think about what your triggers are in advance. This way you are better prepared and you know how to remove yourself from a situation or how best to deal with it.
When adjusting to normal life, your recovery and well-being should always come first. Knowing what to expect when you get back home can help you recognize and deal with certain situations, feelings, or thoughts. By doing this in advance, you ensure that you are mentally ready for the moment you step out and start a new life without use.