While you were in drug rehab, you had access to many unique elements. This included peers, structure, counselors, therapists, and continuous support. However, life outside of the program isn’t always going to be this supportive and stable. You must realize this. It is important to have the necessary tools that will be able to help you with your pathway to early recovery while you are out of the program. You should take the advice of the professionals at your rehab program. Talk with sober friends, family and counselors after you have left the program, because they will be able to provide you with support. Don’t forget about getting involved with therapy and out-patient treatment options. Go to your 12 step meetings. They truly work and going to a meeting every day can be a great help to you.
Be prepared to acknowledge that you are going to run into familiar people and places. Some days you might find yourself reminiscing about the past. It’s not comfortable and it’s not the best thing for you, but it happens. This is when it’s a good time to talk with a friend or relative that’s sober and can remind you of your positive change. Peer pressure is going to be fairly common as well. You can’t hang out with the same people that you used to abuse drugs and alcohol with because it’s just not going to be the same. They will try to get you interested in using substances again and you don’t want to get involved with that.
Take some consideration into your environment. This is going to be a major aspect. If you are in a negative environment which encourages the use of drug abuse and alcohol, then you’re going to be more tempted to use these substances. You don’t want to get involved with these things again, so look for ways to make your environment more healthy. People who live in cities and neighborhoods where there is a lot of drug use and crime commonly find that they are more comfortable with moving out of that area and finding a place where they feel more safe, healthy, and happy.
It’s important to understand that leaving your drug rehab program can be a very emotional experience. You are leaving the structure and safety of your program, as well as the friendships that you have made there. However, having a family member or a friend who is sober pick you up after the program ends can be a great way to move towards your transition.