When you decide to enter treatment for substance abuse, you are making one of the most powerful and impactful decisions of your life. After successful completion of a treatment program, you will find yourself closing one stage of your addiction recovery journey and opening another. You may feel nervous or anxious about the road ahead, but there is no need to worry. This is a very normal feeling. If you use the right tools for support and guidance, you will find yourself enjoying life with long-lasting success and sobriety.
Support From Family
Familial support can be one of the strongest pillars to lean on after you have completed a substance abuse treatment program. Family support often begins during the treatment phase, but it certainly should not stop after treatment is completed.
According to a 2018 article in BMJ Open, family involvement in treatment can reduce the consequences of addiction. It can also improve treatment entry, treatment completion, and treatment outcomes for the individual coping with an addiction. Family involvement serves to reduce these harms in an ongoing capacity, even after you have completed a substance abuse treatment program. This type of ongoing support is vital to help you get back on your feet and maintain sobriety in this new era of your life. There are several ways to engage your family in your continued recovery.
Ask For Help
It seems so simple, but sometimes the act of asking for help can be overlooked. If you let your family know what you need, you can ensure even greater success after you have completed a treatment program.
Sometimes boredom can lead to substance abuse, and boredom might be one of the reasons why you were struggling with substance use disorder in the first place. If you are having an off day, or feeling bored, ask your family for help. Maybe they can spend some time with you or be there for a motivating late-night talk to keep you focused on your goals and success.
Asking for help is a powerful tool to help you maintain your sobriety, but sometimes you also need to ensure that there are boundaries in place as you navigate this new era of your life.
If you have just completed a substance abuse treatment program, chances are you have learned a lot about yourself and your addiction, including your triggers and what makes you “tick.” Substances like alcohol are often widely used and well-celebrated in society, but seeing others consuming alcohol might be one of your triggers. Even the most well-meaning of family members might not realize that this could be a trigger, so the best way to ensure sobriety is to set a boundary that you cannot be around alcohol (or any other substances you may have struggled with).
You can also set boundaries around your independence and freedom. As an adult who has just completed a substance abuse treatment program, you are entitled to your own feelings of independence as you begin your new journey. If overbearing, yet well-meaning, family members cause you to feel suffocated, agitated, or annoyed, this is a great time to talk to them and put some strong boundaries in place.
Recovery coaching is another wonderful tool if you have just completed an outpatient addiction treatment program. A recovery coach will work with you to help you plan out the next stage of your life, including help with employment, housing, community programs, and more.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people who have worked with peer recovery coaches provide strong testimonies of the positive impacts of peer recovery support on their own recovery journeys. SAMSHA also states that there is mounting evidence to support that recovery coaching shows reductions in substance abuse and improvements in a range of recovery outcomes.
A recovery coach can be your go-to source when you are in need of help, support, and guidance. They will also be there as a strong pillar of accountability as you go through this new phase of your journey.
Using High Structure for Success
If you have just completed an outpatient addiction program, chances are that your day was highly structured and your time was filled. You might be wondering what you should do now, and you might even feel a bit nervous as you head out into the world without this type of schedule in place.
This type of structure does not, and should not, have to stop now that you are no longer in a treatment program. If you focus on creating a schedule that is filled up with things that bring you joy and work that feels fulfilling, you will not have to worry about the idle time where thoughts of substance use can creep into place.
A quality outpatient program should have given you the tools to get your daily life set up again, and you can utilize these tools as you begin to explore this new era of your life. A structured day can include meaningful work and healthy activities, like exercise time, meditation, spending time with supportive family and friends, or even taking up a new hobby that you always wanted to try.
There is truly no end to the number of amazing things you can do each day away from drugs and alcohol. Now that you have completed addiction treatment, it is time to get out there and explore the world and all the wonders that exist right in front of you.
Addiction treatment can be a lifelong journey, and the journey does not end after you have successfully completed an outpatient treatment program. This new era of your life can bring along its challenges, but with the right tools and support structures in place, you can ensure long-lasting sobriety and success. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our outpatient programs are designed to give you the tools you need to re-enter daily life. Our family-focused philosophy will help you strengthen familial bonds during and after treatment, and our PHP and IOP will give you the right life skills training to learn how to live in a world without needing to rely on substances. At Lighthouse, every individual in our outpatient programs is matched with a recovery coach, and recovery coaching will continue even after you successfully complete the program. For more information and for a free assessment, call us today at (214) 396-0259.