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Life After Drug Rehab

Creating a new life after residential drug treatment is no simple feat. For both the woman returning home from drug rehab and her family who have been without her for the past 30 to 90 days, homecoming can be a bittersweet day. There are a number of things that factor into what can be an overwhelming experience:

  • The trauma of hurt relationships, overdue bills, lost jobs, etc. due to drug use prior to checking into drug addiction treatment
  • Residual pain and reminders of incidents that originally triggered drug use
  • The same friends, the same problems, the same situations in which drug addiction used to play a part

Upon return home from rehab, it’s important to find a balance between taking responsibility for your past and the pain that your addiction may have caused others and creating a new life for yourself. Here are a few things you can do to make that happen.

Create a Support System

Family and friends may have been your support system before and there’s no reason why they can’t be now, too. But you need to have a base of support made up of other people who know what you’re going through, know what it’s like to be an addict or alcoholic and have worked to create a new way of living for themselves. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous give a confidential place to voice your concerns and get help when you need it. Orchid Recovery Center incorporates 12 step drug treatment into their program which can be continued through these support group meetings after rehab.

Your family, too, can benefit from the support of similar groups designed for the families of alcoholics and addicts. They can meet others who have dealt with the problem and get strength from the advice of others at groups like Al-Anon and Alateen.

Orchid Recovery Center provides relapse prevention for women to help arm them with the emotional tools they will need once they are back at home and are tempted to use drugs again.

Stay Healthy

After undergoing professional drug detox services like the private drug detoxification provided by Orchid Recovery Center, it can almost become a new addiction to stave off feeling so terrible again and instead stay as healthy as possible. Regular exercise, an organic diet high in vegetables and fruits, and a multivitamin can go a long way toward maintaining the healthy lifestyle you began in rehab.

At Orchid Recovery Center, we encourage a holistic and healthy approach to life and provide a number of alternative therapies in addition traditional drug treatment that include acupuncture, yoga, body massage and compassionate exercise. Continue these practices at home, share them with your family, and it will increase your chances of avoiding the trap of drug use when stresses arise.

Communication

Strong communication with your family and honesty with yourself can help you recognize problems before they grow too large, accurately assess them and come up with a plan. At Orchid Recovery Center, we make sure that our patients have a treatment plan to follow when they leave and an open invitation to return whenever they like.

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