10 Surprising Things That Happen When You Get Out of Rehab
After you leave rehab you are definitely in for a long bumpy (but happier) road in your life. There are parts of leaving rehab that are great and parts that are no so great. I’ve made a list of 10 surprising things that happen when you get out of rehab. I split the lists into two parts; 5 bad and 5 good surprising things.
10 Surprising Things That Happen When You Get Out of Rehab…
5 Bad Surprising Things:
1. Not everyone you were in treatment with is going to stay sober (possibly not even your bff.)
2. Nothing seems to make sense anymore (I’m so confused!)
3. Sobriety can be very overwhelming (it’s a huge life change and can be a lot to handle at times.)
4. You’re way more emotional than you anticipated (or vice-versa, you either can’t stop crying or are just waiting for that one GOOD cry.)
5. You have to work hard for your sobriety (stopping drugs and alcohol was the easy part, staying stopped is what’s difficult.)
5 Good Surprising Things:
6. You sleep like a baby now (seriously, didn’t know sleep this good was even possible, you could fall asleep anywhere!)
7. You finally are amused again and have the deep belly full of laughter laugh (you all know what laugh I’m talking about, the kind that makes your eyes tear.)
8. You have amazing relationships with your family and friends (after all, they’ve been there for you and supported you through all your craziness.)
9. You are amazed by your potential (you’ve realized you aren’t worthless.)
10. You are surprised by how good you can feel without needing a drink or a drug (being fully aware and happy actually feels MUCH better.)
No matter what the circumstances are when you leave treatment, try your best to keep an open mind. The best thing you can do is follow the lead of those who came before you and listen to their suggestions on how to stay sober. Make sure you get friends in recovery that have some time because like I said, not every friend you make in rehab is going to stay sober. Stick with the women!!! I can’t stress that enough; the women are what are going to save you in this program. It can be hard because I know a lot of us don’t like women, but if you want to live you’re going to have to get over that at some point.
When I first got sober, I hated women and now I only go to women’s meetings! Get a sponsor and stay close to the fellowship and people who are doing well. You ever hear that expression ‘You are who you hang out with?’ Well that especially applies to recovery. Stick with the people who go to meetings and have a sponsor and are involved. Sobriety can be overwhelming but I promise it gets better in time! Giving it a chance won’t kill you, but going back out and drinking or drugging might. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-777-9588.