Returning From Drug Rehab

Once you've come to terms with your drug addiction and got help through drug rehab, you may think you're done. A lot of people mistakenly believe that drug rehab is a magic cure-all and once they've gone through it, they can put it behind them and get on with life.

Graduating from a drug rehab program is a major milestone, but it's only the beginning of a new way of living. The tools you've learned in drug rehab have yet to be applied in the real world where the pressures of work, school and relationships can sometimes feel overwhelming.

Studies show that the longer a person can stay in a recovery-based environment, the better his or her chances for long-term success. At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer 30,60,90-day programs and 6 month residential treatment. When you leave drug rehab, you will no longer be physically addicted to alcohol or drugs but the psychological reliance may take a little longer to break. For this reason, we ensure that you have a relapse prevention plan and a support network in place before you leave. We also maintain a 24/7 open door policy for our alumni to encourage continued support from the staff members at SouthCoast Recovery.

Successfully Returning from Drug Rehab

Returning from drug rehab is just the beginning of learning how to live after a lifetime of alcoholism and drug addiction. Drinking and taking drugs has become such a conditioned response that you must learn how to apply the new tools learned in drug rehab in order to stay sober. The same triggers that caused you to drink or use drugs before will likely still be in place. It's your reaction to these triggers that needs to change, because your reaction is the only thing that you can control.

Quite often people returning from drug rehab fall into a passive role and start doing the things they did before ending up in drug rehab. It takes effort to make the changes necessary to stay sober. You must remain vigilant of people, places and things that could compromise your sobriety. Alcoholism and drug addiction has been defined as a disease by the American Medical Association. While you are physically detoxed from alcoholism and drug addiction, all it takes is picking up one drink or taking one hit to set off the drug addiction again. Before you know it, you could be right back in drug rehab. This is why it's so important to have a plan in place against relapse, so you don't have to go through drug rehab all over again.

Alcoholism and drug addiction is an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind. This means that your mind will trip you up when you least expect it. It's imperative that you have a relapse prevention plan in place. SouthCoast Recovery will help you develop this plan. You'll identify your triggers, including people, places and situations that could jeopardize your recovery. You'll plan how to respond should you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, including a list of safe people you can call who can talk you through it or help remove you from the situation.

H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. Be aware when you may be experiencing any one of these states that it makes you more vulnerable to relapse, and any combination of these is a direct indicator that you are at a greater danger of relapse. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy foods, enjoy the benefits of regular exercise and have a supportive network of friends you spend time with.

Reduce stress as much as possible in your life. At SouthCoast Recovery you are introduced to the benefits of massage, yoga, acupuncture and meditation. Try to continue engaging in these stress-reducing activities that will help you continue to build your mind-body-spirit connection and manage stress in a healthier manner. Let family members and friends know how they can best help assist you in continuing in this new life free of alcoholism and drug addiction. If at all possible, it's wise to avoid making any major life changes that could be overwhelming the first year of sobriety.

Keep in touch with your friends you made in recovery and get involved immediately in the recovery community in your town so you have a support group around you. Having people to talk to and assist you through difficult times may be the most important recovery aspect in your ability to stay free from drug addiction after drug rehab. There are many people in the recovery community who have stayed sober through the most traumatic life experiences and their experience, strength and hope becomes yours. Most importantly, stay involved. Too much isolation can lead right back to drug addiction.

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Returning Home After Drug Rehab at SouthCoast Recovery

Drug rehab is a time for peeling away the layers of alcoholism and drug addiction in order to find out who you truly are. SouthCoast Recovery offers some of the most innovative and comprehensive program materials you will find in drug rehab. You'll leave with a working knowledge of who you are and what led you to start drinking and using in the first place. In addition, you'll have a strong relapse prevention plan in place so you can return home after drug rehab knowing you have the necessary support to stay sober. SouthCoast Recovery has a strong transitional program in place following initial drug rehab, and we maintain a 24/7 open door policy to all our alumni.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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