Many drug rehabs offer an aftercare program of some sort, usually a program that offers support of one kind or another to help you keep on track after rehab. Use these programs, if the opportunity presents itself. Keeping on track is as much about being strong within yourself as it is the support that you have around you – aftercare programs offer that support, and it really is priceless and has helped countless people when the real world gets hard.
Life is very hard at times, and having somewhere to go, or someone to talk to who will give you perspective is a proven method of being able to overcome triggers and stress that could lead to a relapse.
Aftercare programs differ and can offer everything from just being able to call someone to talk to when you need it, or you could be offered housing and support from others in a similar situation around you. Whatever you are offered, take advantage of it, and use it as a tool to help you stay sober, and build up a new life without addiction, but with support and possibilities.
If you’ve got an opportunity to communicate with those in the aftercare, communicate with them, if life is getting hard, if relapse is looking like an option, or if your starting to feel like something could possibly become too much, then communicate. Interact, and talk to people about what’s happening in your world, and in your head. This is how you succeed.
If you’re given an opportunity to live within an aftercare program location, take it, and while you are there use every tool that is made available to you, set yourself goals about what you are going to do when you leave the aftercare program, and work towards making these goals a reality, get help to find somewhere to live, somewhere to work, and to keep support around you.
Life is different now, and it’s going to be whatever it is that you want to be. You are amazing, you made it through rehab, now stick with it and use everything at your disposal!