Addiction treatment is a wonderful place to be for someone who has just gotten clean and sober. It is a protected environment and allows for a great deal of growth. If a person has made the most out of their time in treatment, they will have developed life skills and effective strategies that will help them conquer the world. While physical effects of overcoming addiction can be painful at first, being in treatment allows for an easy mental transition. There is typically emotional support that can be accessed around the clock, should cravings arise. This may not be available once a person has transitioned to the outside world. If you are feeling nervous about graduating treatment and going home, it could be a good sign. Skepticism can be a good trait in certain situations. It helps to protect us from entering potentially dangerous situations. If you’re nervous about leaving your protected environment, you are more likely to employ all skills you have learned in treatment. These feelings may be a sign you’re ready to take on challenges life has to offer. It’s important to understand treatment doesn’t erase your past. Being in recovery is all about acceptance. You need to accept the fact there may be repercussions of your previous actions waiting for you once you leave. Taking responsibility for your own actions, past or present, is part of sobriety. There may also be people who are still angry with you for things you have done. You can’t expect people to forgive you simply because you got clean and sober. Relationships take time to mend, and it’s possible that some people may never forgive. The important part is you have changed your life and are bettering who you presently are. You should assess the home environment you are going into before you get there. If it is the same place you came from, it’s possible it will make the transition out of rehab more difficult. People, places, and things are triggers. Something as simple as going back and sleeping in the same room you used to use in on a daily basis can be a trigger. Treatment and recovery are all about a fresh start. If you’re able, it may be favorable to move into a sober living house instead. These are fairly affordable to a person coming out of treatment and are a semi-protected environment. You will have roommates who are all in recovery and there are certain house rules. This type of environment can be beneficial when you are at your most vulnerable time in early recovery. Wherever you choose to go post treatment, make sure you have put forth all your effort and taken full advantage of the things residential treatment has to offer. The skills you acquire there will prepare you for a lifetime of recovery.
Oceanfront Recovery is a men’s & women’s addiction treatment center offering residential programs and a full continuum of care to help men begin a new life of recovery. Each therapy and modality we offer is designed to help men change their story. We believe when you change your story, you can change your life. Call us today for information: 877.279.1777