In rehab, you learn the ropes of sobriety and take your first steps in recovery. After treatment, you must continue the work that you started. In rehab, you learn about how addiction is related to the brain, certain behavioral patterns, coping skills, trauma and more. You work with therapists to understand the underlying issues of your addiction.
But, a few weeks to a few months isn’t enough time to completely work through all of that. You still have to learn how to recognize and assess all of these things on your own. You must learn to do that while managing all the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life. Recovery is ongoing.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help; we all need help sometimes. Ease yourself through the transition from treatment to everyday life with outpatient or sober living. Get a therapist who you can keep seeing indefinitely if you think it will help. Stay involved with the recovery community through meetings and alumni chapters.
Remember to always continue moving forward. Recovery is about constant self-improvement and progress. You have the chance to live the most fulfilling and blessed life you can imagine. Don’t look back and worry about regrets; look onward to bigger and brighter futures.