Sobriety Treatment—What Comes Next?
Statistics show that over half of all American families have a history of alcohol and substance abuse addiction. With these astounding numbers, it wouldn’t be naive to assume that one in every five people you meet struggle from substance abuse addiction.
We know that it isn’t easy to admit that you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. You try to hide it because you’d rather avoid the glares you receive. But despite all the cards stacked against you, if you mustered up the courage to reach out for help, we commend your efforts and congratulate you.
This may have been the toughest thing you’ve done in your life, but you should know that it made you stronger. If you’re finally sober, it’s time to go back to life—how do you go about it?
Recovering addicts often fear assimilation back into society because of the stigma attached to drug addiction and because it’s easy to get triggered in an environment that isn’t conducive to their recovery. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Let’s take a look at how you can create your post-recovery plan to assimilate back into society while maintaining sobriety.
Start by having realistic expectations
It would be wonderful if you could go in, get cured, and move on with your life like what you just went through was a mere hiccup. Unfortunately, recovery from addiction is far more complex and is a long-term process. You have to understand that the traumas of the past and the underlying mental health problems may give you a little trouble when you’re trying to live your life.
You shouldn’t expect life to be a pleasant ride because it will have its usual ups and downs. However, the difference is that now you have the tools to find healthier ways to deal with your problems. When you feel overwhelmed, you can meditate, exercise, and continue therapy.
Focus on long-term recovery
While celebrating shorter periods of sobriety is a great motivator to do better, you must ensure that you don’t let small wins carry you away. It’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind. Your aim is to maintain life-long sobriety, and that can only be achieved with the help of strong resolve and unwavering focus. To maintain that, you must come up with a plan that allows you to keep a safe distance from triggers and gives you the time to heal and recover in the presence of people who make you feel safe.
Make use of transitional housing
Addiction can derail your life. It halts you in your tracks and disrupts everything you might have had—be it a job, a house, financial stability or a relationship. As such, some people mind find it difficult to get back on their feet after recovery without relapsing. No matter how effective the treatment may have been, re-entering the society all of a sudden can be hard.
This is where transitional or step-down programs come in. You can enroll in a sober living community and thrive in a structured environment that’s conducive to your recovery. This will help you ease the transition back to life.
If you’re in a similar situation and need some help and time to get back to living your life, we can help you out.
Life Launch is a men’s sober living home in Houston that offers addiction recovery in a nurturing environment. Our halfway house in Houston is equipped with luxurious facilities to assist you. We also provide one-on-one therapy and group therapy with certified therapists to help recovering addicts. Get in touch with us today.