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Planning Your Transition From Drug Rehab To Home

If you are about to enter a drug rehab center, you may already be thinking about when you can go home.  That would be pretty normal, especially since the drug rehab experience will require some adjustment.  But don’t forget that coming back home won’t be a snap either.  You will have gotten used to the drug rehab schedule, format, support, and regimen.  To make a smooth transition home, you will need to do some planning with your drug rehab counselor.  The following lists a few questions you’ll want to consider during this process.

What Are Your Most Effective Coping Skills

Before you go to rehab, you might not be sure what your best coping skills are.  You will discover many things at drug rehab.  You’ll learn many new ways of coping with stress, relapse triggers, and cravings.  Also, you will better understand good coping skills that you already know but may not use effectively or often enough.  Yes, chances are you already have a few things inside you that can help you stay sober.  Drug rehab can help you bring those to the surface so you can use them regularly.  You will need them as you get back into your home environment.

What Are Your Biggest Blind Spots

Blind spots are the things that will get us into trouble, but we don’t have complete awareness of them when it’s happening.  For example, you may know that you are troubled by your history of sexual abuse.  But you may not be aware of your thoughts and emotions that connect to your drinking or drug using behaviors.  These connections can be uncovered and understood with a little time in drug rehab.  Of course, this discovery process will last long after you have left drug rehab.  That’s why sobriety is a journey, not just a one-stop deal.  As you gradually become aware of these emotional blind spots, you can be better prepared for relapse prevention at home.

What Are You Looking Forward To Most After Drug Rehab

This is a good question because the answer can be so different for everyone.  In fact, your answer on the first day of rehab might differ from your answer on the last day!  That’s OK – that’s part of the awakening process in drug rehab.  You begin to really know more about what makes you tick and what you value.  When you are finished with your drug rehab experience, you may appreciate and look forward to things you didn’t even realize you were missing when you started.

Home After Drug Rehab What Are You Most Afraid Of

Going to drug rehab isn’t like erasing every fear or problem from your life.  You just become better equipped to honestly deal with it all.  That means, like it or not, you are still going to have some fear and maybe even an urge to hide from some things when you get back to regular life.  Just being able to name this and share your concerns can help take the power out of the fear.  Courage is not the absence of fear, it is doing things while taking your fear with you.   Facing your fears straight on seems a lot more doable when you look at it like that.

Drug Rehab Planning

Coming home from drug rehab can be a wonderful thing to look forward to, but it does require some planning to be successful.  Talk to someone at the drug rehab you will be attending if you have questions about transitioning back home.

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