If you have recently completed an inpatient program at a drug rehab facility, it is time to start thinking about your future. Relapsing will not only be a blow to your confidence, but it can also be a dangerous step in the wrong direction.
One of the most important things to remember is that your treatment is never over. Even if you are moving in the right direction, an addiction is not something that you permanently beat at an inpatient program and never have to worry about again.
Tend to Your Basic Needs
Heading back home after rehab often feels like you are starting your life over, and this means you need to take a fresh look at your basic needs. Many people will need to rethink their living situation, put an end to unhealthy relationships, and address certain legal issues.
Create a Relapse Prevention Plan
During your treatment, you will learn about some of the triggers that can increase your cravings for drugs or alcohol. A relapse prevention plan will help you avoid many of these triggers and quickly find a safety net when you do experience a trigger.
Before rehab, your addiction most likely took up a large portion of your life. This means that you will need to explore new habits and hobbies in order to avoid the boredom that could result in a relapse.