When you have enrolled yourself into a rehab program initially, you may wonder what type of results you may receive when the program is finished. Obviously, everyone sets their own personal goals that they want to accomplish. If you set goals for yourself, you will be more likely to be able to attain them and gain better success in overcoming your addiction. However, it’s a good idea to be reasonable with yourself about what type of results you are going to gain by the end of the program. Like anyone else, you are unique and you face your own strengths and weaknesses. Being able to be honest with yourself about what you are able to accomplish is key in being able to get the results that you are aiming for.
It’s a good idea to face your addiction with the belief and idea that you are going to conquer it. However, you have to be somewhat real with yourself in the sense that you’re never going to completely step away from your addiction. It’s going to be something that you’re going to learn to control and have power over, but it’s not going to be accomplished in the sense that you’re going to feel like you were never addicted or like some substances won’t seem to be appealing to you when you are having a hard day. If you’re in situations where you might have access to substances that you would usually abuse, you might still feel a temptation to use them -- however, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to. Your goal in finishing your rehab program should be that you are going to control these urges to abuse substances.
Sometimes results are unpredictable. Are you going to be one of the many individuals that relapses or are you simply going to walk away from the program? Keep in mind that a relapse doesn’t have to be immediate. Sometimes people experience those years after they have finished their program. It doesn’t make you a bad person and it doesn’t make you a failure. At some point, almost everyone has a relapse. The key is to not let it prevent you from overcoming your temptations and your addiction. You can get the results you want, whether you’re working with a support group for help or just getting the support you need from family and friends.
Maybe at some point when you have finished the program, you’ll feel as if you haven’t gained the results that you were aiming for. This is completely normal and alright to feel this way. If you want to continue on improving your results and changing your life, you can do so in some of the other follow up programs that are designed for people who have finished rehab. Support groups and other related groups can be a great way for you to continue on your sober lifestyle and work towards those results that you need.