After completing a rehabilitation program, it is up to you to take responsibility for your own actions. Rehab programs can only give you the tools and training needed to make the right decision, but ultimately it is your decision to remain sober and live the healthier, happier life you deserve.
If you don’t feel ready to face those temptations yet, your rehab center may recommend you to an extended relapse prevention program. Being honest with yourself and your counselor are the most important things you can do.
Your own will is what will keep you sober when you have completed your rehab programs. Triggers and temptations to relapse are inevitable… your reaction is what matters. It is a good idea to remain stable (where you live, where you work, who you spend your time with) and not to make too many unnecessary changes when you have returned to world.
Give yourself time to take it in and fight the little battles without feeding to the influences. The first several months of preventing relapse on your own can be the most difficult, and your tolerance for stress will be extra sensitive. The best thing you can do is relax… take it easy… and take one day at a time.
If your counselor feels it is appropriate, you may receive medication that will help with any physical triggers or temptations for relapse. It is important to take such medication responsibly, as prescription medication can also lead to dependency.
As you enter an addiction rehab program, it is important to have a clear understanding of what you should-and should not-expect out of treatment. Rehab can help you recognize your personal challenges, and develop strategic plans to overcome each individual obstacle on your way to sobriety. However, rehab can not be held accountable for your decisions.
Avoiding relapse after rehab is a daily battle. You grow stronger with every day that you win, but it is a long process. You can prevent relapse-the choice is up to you!