LIFE AFTER ADDICTION
- June 14, 2018
Treatment for addiction might not last forever, but it is a lifelong struggle. Returning home after a stint in a rehab facility can be daunting, as the addict is not only surrounded by old temptations and is no longer leading such a regimented life. Sometimes the home or environment an addict came from is the worst place for their recovery, and they must find somewhere new to move on. This is particularly important if family members or roommates are drug users themselves and are likely to encourage a relapse. Even returning to the same neighborhood where you once purchased or used drugs can be a trigger because of the daily reminder. If returning home isn’t an option, a halfway house or sober house may be. Some addicts stay in this transitional housing voluntarily, to take advantage of housing and job assistance, and others may be required as a result of legal trouble.
Even if an addict does have a safe home to return to, that return might not always be comfortable. In situations where someone’s drug use caused a rift among friends or family, it can take time for relationships to return to normal. Family counseling can provide help in such a situation, but in the end, it will take time to rebuild trust. Social settings can also be difficult for people in recovery. Addicts often socialize with other addicts, and falling back in with these same people can lead to relapse. Finding new friends and new ways to socialize is integral to staying sober.
Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of re-entry into sober life is finding work. Oftentimes a drug user will have lost their job due to their addiction, or at the least found their performance suffering greatly. Attempting to return to the same job can bring with it a sense of embarrassment, as the addict must decide how openly to discuss their circumstances. Searching for a new job can also be a difficult task, particularly if one has a criminal record as a result of their drug use. There is help available, however, through aftercare programs and support groups that assist in finding jobs.
Taking care of oneself mentally and physically is important to staying sober. Because stress is a significant cause of relapse, it is imperative to find ways to relax, such as finding a new hobby or spiritual pursuit. Proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition also play a role in increasing energy and naturally attaining the sense of well being for which the addict once turned to drugs.
Continuing therapy and connecting with others in recovery can also be helpful. Counseling beyond rehab can help an addict learn to manage stress and potential triggers, deal with strained relationships, and navigate the transition back into everyday life. There are also support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, which can help people feel less alone in their struggles. Many addicts also have sponsors or a single person with whom they’re able to share everything about their recovery.
Finally, it is important to remember that even if a recovering addict does relapse, that is not a failure. Addiction is a chronic disease, and relapse is common. Having a support system and knowing how to recognize the danger signs and when to seek help will allow for a quick return to treatment, which makes recovery more likely.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it’s imperative that you reach out for help right away. Asana Recovery is here to lend a helping hand in your time of need. We offer detox treatment, as well as, residential treatment to members of our community that suffer from addiction. Contact us today at 949-438-4504 to speak with one of our admissions counselors and start your road to recovery.