What to Expect After Rehab

what to expect after rehab

What to Expect After Rehab

The period following inpatient treatment is often characterized by risk and opportunity. During the period after rehab, recovering addicts will have the opportunity to use the tools and life skills they have learned during their inpatient stay to chart a new course in their life. At the same time, for many recovering addicts the period after rehab is anticipated with apprehension that they will fall into old habits and lose some of their progress.  

Some of the anxiousness that recovering addicts feel when looking forward to their time after rehab is the result of not knowing exactly what the future will hold. In this article, we’ll discuss what recovering addicts can look forward to after their inpatient rehab, and outline the programs and resources that are available to recovering addicts to help them transition to a life of sobriety outside of the rehab facility and to aid them in achieving their goals.

We encourage recovering addicts to view the period after rehab as a time of immense opportunity and new beginnings, where they will have the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to help them on their path to continued recovery. While there are risks to returning to former lifestyles and habits, these risks can be minimized and addressed through a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a continuum of care that follows the recovering addict out of the facility and into their new life.

Preparing for Life After the Rehab Facility

Preparation for life after a drug treatment program begins from the moment a recovering addict enters a rehab facility. During their intake and throughout their treatment, they will continually meet with a qualified medical professional who will help craft a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals.  

Continuous contact, assessment, evaluation, and reformulation of a treatment plan is essential to ensuring continued success outside of the rehab facility. This process will allow the recovering addict and medical professional to craft the best treatment plan for them which takes into account their developing needs throughout their time at the treatment facility.

In addition to crafting a comprehensive treatment plan for life both inside and outside the treatment facility, recovering addicts will take part in classes which will equip them with the tools they will need to continue their recovery outside of the facility. Classes and therapy sessions are an essential part of an inpatient recovery program, and the skills and lessons learned as part of these programs will be carried forward into life outside of the treatment center. 

Many classes focus on life skills, such as how to harness the power of healthy nutrition in order to keep the mind and body fueled and resilient. Other classes such as yoga will equip recovering addicts with the tools they will need to developmental and physical flexibility, allowing them to adapt to changing conditions after rehab. Meditation taught in yoga and other classes will teach recovering addicts to become more in tune and aware of their internal state, while also giving them the tools they need to cope with periods of anxiety or stress as their life continues after rehab.

Aside from skills classes, recovering addicts will take part in a variety of therapy sessions that are guided by a medical professional. These therapy sessions may be conducted on an individual basis, between the recovering addict and a therapist, or be a group therapy session that includes other recovering addicts or family members. The therapy sessions that one takes part in during their stay in an inpatient treatment program are critically important to the continued success of their recovery.

Therapy sessions will give the recovering addict the opportunity to develop important communication skills that will aid them in better communicating with loved ones, coworkers, and people that they meet on an everyday basis. The communication skills learned in group and individual therapy sessions will also give the recovering addict the vocabulary and base of knowledge necessary to gain insights into their internal thought processes and the ways those processes interact with their continued recovery.

Perhaps most importantly, group therapy sessions involving family and loved ones offer the opportunity to bring families back together, and help begin the process of rebuilding bonds of love, companionship, and trust that are essential to continued success in recovery.

Through these group sessions, recovering addicts will begin to build a network of people invested in their continued success and recovery. This network will aid them in life outside of rehab, by offering them trusted sources of strength and guidance that can help keep them accountable and offer advice and listen to whatever struggles they might be facing.

For recovering addicts in an inpatient facility, it is important that they recognize that the skills they are learning and steps they are taking in a rehab facility are laying the foundation for their new life of sobriety. The skills and tools they learn and use in an inpatient facility are directly transferable to life outside of the facility. These skills will be critical to their continued success and will form the basis for their habits and decision-making processes once they are outside of the monitored environs of the inpatient facility.

It is also important that during this time, recovering addicts take the time to discuss any worries or apprehensions they may be feeling about life outside of the facility with their therapist.  This will allow the therapist to anticipate some of the problems they may face after rehab, and alter their treatment plan to incorporate programs that will aid them in overcoming these obstacles. By discussing their anxieties or apprehensions with their therapist, recovering addicts will be empowered to take part in determining the types of programs and support that will need access to after rehab. This can be a liberating process, as it demonstrates that they have control over their future and continued sobriety.

Life After Rehab

It is important to understand that life after rehab is not a solo journey. The recovery process truly begins once a recovering addict leaves the rehab facility. It is during this time that you will begin to truly take charge of charting the course of your life once again. The decisions you make and the actions you take will determine the path that you travel down during your continued recovery.  

Understanding the scope and depth and of the resources available will help you make an informed decision about the best way to move forward with your life.  Understand also that your treatment plan is still flexible. If you find that you need access to other resources to help you surmount an obstacle or hurdle, reach out to your therapist or contact point and get a referral to the resources you need. By taking charge of your treatment, you will be able to gain power over your addiction recovery.

One of the most common resources available, and one that the vast majority of recovering addicts take advantage of, is continued individual or group counseling. Your rehab facility has maintained relationships with the top therapists in the industry, giving you excellent resources in every part of the country. Individual and group therapy is an integral part of a comprehensive continuum of care. It will give you a platform to discuss your ongoing struggles and successes with your therapist and groups of peers. This is important because no one’s recovery journey is without difficulty.

During times of difficulty or stress, your therapist or group sessions will provide you will a stable forum to discuss the issues you are facing. This can help you gain insights into the best ways for you to overcome these struggles. Often in group therapy sessions, peers will be able to provide you with information about how they overcame a similar struggle, giving you a point of reference for how you can incorporate their successes into your own life.

In addition to group and individual therapy sessions, family counseling and workshops are a critical tool to utilize outside of the rehab facility. Family counseling sessions led by a therapist or mental health counselor can help you rebuild bonds of trust that were damaged as a result of your addiction. Often, recovering addicts must work through the trauma that their addiction caused to their loved ones.

This can be an extremely painful and stressful process. Through these family counseling sessions, you will be able to work through these issues in a guided and structured manner that will ensure the best chances for rehabilitation and rebuilding of the trust and love that makes family and relationship bonds so important in our lives.  Workshops will allow you and your family members or partner to learn new tools and better forms of communication that can help make your relationship stronger. Through these processes of continual development, you will be able to create healthier relationships with family, friends, and loved ones that will benefit everyone involved for years to come.

Sober companionships are another important tool that is available to recovering addicts after they have left the rehab facility. Sober companionships pair you with a sober mentor that is further along in their recovery journey. Through these companionships, you will have a stable, positive influence that has insight into the struggles that you are facing. Often, recovering addicts have a difficult time sharing their adversities with those that have never struggled with an addiction themselves.

Sober companionships will give you the opportunity to discuss these issues with a like-minded and informed person that is invested in your continued recovery. Sober companionships are an incredible asset for life outside of a rehab facility, and will provide you with a stable and positive influence that will help guide you through your recovery journey.

Lastly, many recovering addicts choose to take part in a 12-Step recovery program once they have left an inpatient treatment facility. 12-Step programs are an invaluable asset that are utilized by millions of recovering addicts around the world. Traditional 12-Step programs offer a faith-centered approach to drug and alcohol recovery that incorporates recognition and submission to a higher power into the recovery process. Recognizing that this faith-centered approach isn’t for everyone, you will also have access to alternative 12-Step recovery programs that utilize many of the same principles as a traditional program, but do so within a secular framework.  

Regardless of which path you choose, a 12-Step program offers a number of benefits to recovering addicts. 12-Step programs encourage continued accountability for your actions and continued recovery, empowering you to take charge of healing past wounds and charting a course of continued sobriety.

These programs revolve around regular meetings with groups of peers, often led by a recovering addict themselves. These meetings will enable you to communicate with other recovering addicts, gaining strength and resolve to continue your journey. 12-Step programs also offer an ideal forum to share the struggles you are facing with other peers, and give you the opportunity to gain insights into how others have surmounted those struggles.

Life after rehab is a time of growth and opportunity, where you can use the tools and skills you learned in an inpatient rehab facility to chart a new course for your life. Throughout your time after rehab, you will continue to learn new skills that will help you maintain your sobriety and achieve the goals you have set for yourself. You will have access to a wide array of resources that will enable you to maintain your sobriety.




Resources such as counseling and therapy will allow you to continually develop a better understanding of the issues that gave rise to your addiction, and equip you with the tools necessary to overcome those issues. Group work and sober companionships will provide you with a network of peers and people that care about your continued success, granting you strength when you need it and an outlet where you can share your individual struggles.

Resources like the 12-Step program will provide a structure where you will be required to maintain continued accountability for your sobriety, and give you a safe place where you can share your success and difficulties, while also encouraging you to work through past trauma caused by your addiction. By recognizing and utilizing the resources available to you, the period of time after rehab will be a time where you can achieve the sober life that you have strived for. The most important thing to understand about life after rehab is that you are not alone.

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