7 Things You Should Do When You Leave Rehab

Recovery is a lifelong process. In order to be successful in your addiction recovery, it is essential to incorporate various techniques into your daily life after rehab.

7 Things You Should Do When You Leave Rehab

It is often said, that when it comes to an addiction, “recovery is a lifelong process”. Just because you might have completed an addiction treatment programme in Thailand, or elsewhere, does not mean that is the end of your recovery. Rather, this is just the beginning.

As one of the best alcohol and drug rehabs in Thailand, we have successfully helped a large number of men and women from around the world to overcome an addiction. However, in our experience, we have seen some people leaving our Chiang Rai rehab facility with conflicted emotions and a fear of being back in the world. Others were excited and eager to start their life over. Regardless of what a person might be feeling, we place an emphasis on the importance of adhering to our aftercare programme.

Most drug and alcohol rehab programmes  are between 28 and 90 days. During the time in an inpatient programme. patients will have structure, security, and 24-7 care. Outside of rehab, a person will have to adjust to daily life and rely largely on the tools they learned during treatment. Our team will be readily available during your stay to provide you with a broad range of tools and techniques that can help you adjust to life after rehab. Some of the addiction recovery techniques we encourage include the following:

Create a Post- Treatment, Aftercare Plan

Whether you are moving to an outpatient programme or returning home after an inpatient programme. you should create a practical plan that helps you to maintain your sobriety. Generally, this plan will be created with the guidance of your counsellor, therapist, or case manager. Some elements that may be included in the plan are:

  • How you will practice a healthy lifestyle.
  • Who you can connect with for support.
  • Where you can receive continued healthcare, including counselling.
  • How you will manage a situation that could trigger a relapse.

A majority of private drug rehabs in Thailand, and elsewhere in the world, offer aftercare programmes. This may also be known as a recovery community, alumni services or continued care. Aftercare programmes will be overseen by trained addiction specialists and typically include:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy (including online sessions)
  • Medication
  • Recovery checkups (online, by phone, or in person)
  • Support groups
  • Resources for housing, legal issues, or employment
  • + more

Locate a Support Group

Many drug and alcohol rehabs will incorporate a recovery support group of some kind. The most popular ones include Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These groups are based on the 12 Steps and encourage a strong fellowship between their peers.

Following rehab, it might be tempting to skip these meetings in lieu of staying at home or spending time with loved ones. However, these groups are a vital source of ongoing support. You will be able to give and receive advice, learn more about your addiction, and enjoy sober outings (as scheduled by the group).

Make Sober Friends

Many addictions begin, or worsen, through peer pressure and the influence of others. If you have built friendships around drinking or using drugs, it will be in your best interest to break off the relationship. Regardless of how difficult this might be, your life may depend on it. After rehab, look for sober friends who will encourage your sobriety and help you to stay on the path of recovery.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Leaving a drug and alcohol rehab in Thailand, or elsewhere, and returning to your home can cause stress, confusion, and worry. This is common for people in early recovery. It is important to express gratitude in your daily routine, and avoid focusing on things that are negative or stress you out. Remember, a large part of suffering comes from our own imagination. So, if you find yourself thinking too much about negative things or ideas, take a deep breath and focus on something that is positive (i.e. the sun, a child, a pet, a flower, a funny moment, etc.)

Exercise Everyday

Exercise and meditation are also important and have a key role in your well being and overall addiction recovery. Take time everyday to focus on your breath. This will help to reduce any noise in your head. Regular exercise can reduce your anxiety or feelings of depression. Be sure to take at least 30 minutes everyday for some kind of exercise. If you feel overwhelmed, it may be a good idea to talk with your therapist or a sober support buddy.

Help Others

You might have heard of the expression “To help yourself, you must help others.” Research suggests helping others is an integral part of the recovery process. After going to a drug and alcohol rehab in Thailand, or anywhere else, you should make an effort to be of service. Some ways you can do this, include:

  • Share your experiences, wisdom, encouragement, and vulnerability with other addicts
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Visit elders at a nursing home facility
  • Mentor children who have limited attention in their home life
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Talk about your addiction recovery with others who may relate to your own experience

Acts of kindness, in the form of helping others, cultivates a sense of purpose and improves self esteem. If you don’t know where to begin, you can contact your local NA or AA, a religious organisation, such as a church or temple, or your community social services centre.

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Addiction is considered to be chronic, and people do relapse. This doesn’t mean that addiction treatment is not effective; rather, it means that changing your life around is difficult. To avoid a relapse, it is important to be able to recognise your vulnerability and triggers. Some people are affected by stress or weather, others may become upset when around certain loved ones. Regardless of what your trigger might be, thoughts can be overwhelming. If you entertain these thoughts, a relapse can occur. During your aftercare planning at rehab, you will be encouraged to create a relapse prevention plan. This plan should be shared with those who intend on supporting you after treatment. In the event of a potential relapse, refer to this plan, and take the necessary steps to avoid one.

If you would like to know more about addiction recovery, or our individualised rehab programmes, please call Siam Rehab today.