Establishing a New Normal After Rehab
Anyone who has completed addiction treatment can tell you that completing a rehab program is just the beginning of your journey.
Your body has been detoxified from drugs and alcohol, and you have learned many coping skills to help empower you toward wellness, but true freedom from addiction is a path of self-discovery that can take years.
Along the way, you will build new relationships and learn strategies for managing mental health issues and triggers – and some days will be harder than others.
However, there will be opportunities to build a new normal, and learn vital skills, which will help you stay strong.
One important piece of this puzzle is called “aftercare,” and it refers to the resources made available after rehab to help you continue to thrive.
And Resurgence Behavioral Health can help connect you with these resources.
From 12-Step Programs to ongoing peer support, Resurgence can help you stay strong and build a new normal on the road to lasting peace of mind.
What is Establishing a New Normal After Rehab?
Research shows that a total of 23 million U.S. adults believe that they have successfully recovered from a substance addiction, but their work is not necessarily done.
One of the most important factors that contributes to someone’s ability to achieve successful, long-term recovery is addiction aftercare.
Since addiction is often triggered by mental health issues, genetics, and internalized trauma, the underlying triggers almost never “go away,” even as the physical harm of the addiction subsides.
As a result, recovery is a process of continually exploring resources and building supportive relationships, to ensure that you can cope with stressors in healthy ways.
While some of these strategies will be information, and specific to you, such as calling a particular friend or listening to a favorite song, others can be evidence-based.
This is to say that professional research has uncovered resources that, when offered to those in recovery, can help build resilience, and a new sense of normalcy in their lives.
These formal opportunities are referred to as aftercare programs.
Aftercare encompasses a variety of treatments, resources and programs that are designed to pick up where residential or intensive outpatient treatments end – offering ongoing coaching, medical care, emotional support, and even sober housing, when appropriate.
These programs can be extremely valuable for those seeking long-term sobriety since the real world into which they have retuned is often filled with peer pressure, stigma, stressors, and other challenges.
Achieving sobriety is hard, but with meaningful aftercare programs, and a commitment to learning, those in recovery can build a healthy, new normal, that will sustain them throughout their lives.
Interested in learning more about aftercare programs and maintaining a sober life?
Call Resurgence Behavioral Health today.
Peace of mind is within your reach.
Effects of Establishing a New Normal After Rehab
After you leave your rehab program, it will be important that you pursue ongoing treatment and supportive programming to continue the recovery and healing process.
These opportunities will help you build your new normal and make sure that you do not face the challenges ahead alone.
The types of programming you may want to consider include:
- Holistic Treatments
- Peer Support Groups
- Faith Based Programs
- Twelve-Step Programs
- Sober Living Homes
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Exercise Programs
- Career and Personal Skills Counseling
- Family / Relationship Counseling
- Goal Setting
- Prescription Assistance
- Milestone Celebrations
- Stress Management Resources
- Relapse Prevention and Recovery Programs
In many cases, professional recovery centers offer their own extensions of normalcy building, aftercare programs.
Pursuing these options specifically can be especially beneficial for those in recovery since they may help continue positive relationships built with the treatment team, recovery center, and peers at the facility.
This will enhance trust, likelihood of follow through, and enjoyment of the opportunities.
While continued engagement in these types of programs can help prevent alcohol relapse by creating a new set of routines and connections for normal life, they also help provide a safety net in case of relapse.
And, as much as nobody likes to consider relapse, it does sometimes occur.
But many individuals can achieve long-term sobriety even after a relapse, and that relapse should never lead to a loss of faith in the recovery process.
Instead, having a support system already in place can help get those in recovery back on the proper path, and connect with the services they may need, including detoxification and readmission.
In this sense, building a new normal through programs, aftercare, and new relationships can be both a deterrent to relapse, as well as the first line of defense should a relapse occur.
This helps ensure that individuals can rebound from a relapse as soon as possible, resuming the healthy, normal life they have built.
Mental Illness and Establishing a New Normal After Rehab
It is well documented that substance use disorders and mental illness are closely connected, forming a cycle that can be almost impossible for an individual to break.
One of the reasons that building a new sense of normalcy after rehab is so important to the recovery process is that it may take years, or even a lifetime, to fully resolve the mental health issues that can lead to addiction.
But introducing resources into your ongoing recovery such as counseling, life coaching, peer support, medical assistance and alcohol aftercare, can help provide ongoing affirmation and encouragement.
This can also allow you to build an environment in which stress, grief, trauma, physical illness, and other triggers can be better managed, giving you a chance at catching yourself before addictive behavior reemerges.
So, with the support of friends and loved ones, and connections from the treatment community, you can come to feel emotionally connected and grounded in your time of need, and continually reminded of your commitment to recovery through the new normal you have created.
Treatment and Establishing a New Normal After Rehab
Recovery can be a long and difficult road – though it is always one worth following.
Often rehabilitation and sobriety are deeply challenging, requiring former addicts to confront trauma, depression, limiting beliefs, and anxiety, while coping with their triggers.
But whether they complete outpatient programming, residential treatment, or partial hospitalization programs, their work is just beginning as they graduate from their formal recovery experience.
The real world is not always empathetic to those in recovery, and alcohol and drugs can be all to easily found.
But efforts to incorporate aftercare into a new normal can provide continued resources and compassionate support.
This may include participation in spiritual care programs for those in recovery, sober housing, peer support groups, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, “alumni” groups of those who have graduated from recovery, 12-Step programs, or ongoing counseling.
Research indicates that these types of emotional connections can play an important role in long term recovery success.
The experience of achieving recovery never ends, but it can be undertaken with success.
And with caring, supportive programming as part of a new normal after rehab, those struggling with addiction can experience a healthy life, filled with the emotional support they deserve.
There are affordable recovery and post-rehab opportunities available to help you break the cycle of addiction.
And Resurgence Behavior Health wants to provide you with the resources you need to make a full, and lasting, recovery.
We accept most PPO insurance and private forms of payment, and our team will communicate with your insurance provider on your behalf. You can even pay for your recovery online.
Just call us at 855-458-0050 and experience the Resurgence difference.
How to Get Help
With locations in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Fullerton Hills, as well as a beautiful Outpatient Campus, help and encouragement are closer than you think.
And at Resurgence Behavioral Health, you will be immediately surrounded by men and women who genuinely care about your physical and emotional healing.
And whether you are seeking detoxification, recovery services, or ongoing aftercare to build a healthy, normal life, we can help you pursue the freedom you deserve.
Resurgence Behavioral Health can provide a variety of post-rehab options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, prescriptions and counseling to help with depression, group therapy, 12-Step programs, spiritual programming, wellness resources, and other flexible strategies to help you achieve a life of lasting recovery.
Yes, you can build a life free from addiction, and lasting health and peace can be yours.
Call Resurgence Behavioral Health today.