Preparing Your Home for Life after Drug Rehabilitation

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The recovery process does not end after you have completed your drug addiction rehabilitation program. In fact, recovery is a life-long effort, and you have to make the daily choice to say no to drug or substance abuse. If your home environment in Atlanta is not conducive to living a drug-free life, you will have an even more difficult time maintaining long-term recovery.

Maintaining Your Sobriety in Atlanta after Treatment

When you begin making plans to transition from the drug rehabilitation center to your home in Atlanta, it is essential that you make sure you are returning to an environment that will encourage and promote sobriety. The following are a few preparations that should be taken care of before moving home:

  • Remove all drugs, alcohol, and paraphernalia. Before you return home, ask your loved ones to remove all alcohol, illicit drugs and any drug-related paraphernalia from your home. Loved ones should also lock away all prescription drugs. Even if you have never struggled with alcohol abuse or prescription drug abuse, it may be tempting to substitute alcohol or a prescription medication for your old drug of choice.
  • Coordinate a support team. Support is essential. Maintaining sobriety on your own is extremely difficult. Before you transition back home, make sure you have a support network made up of friends and family members in the Atlanta area who will keep you accountable, will encourage you and will be there for you when you are struggling. Find a few people who you trust, and ask them if you can call them if you are having a bad day. Ask them if they would be willing to provide the support, accountability and friendship that you need as you strive to maintain sobriety and make a smooth transition back into your life. Also, make sure you have contact information for your counselors and therapists prior to leaving your treatment facility.
  • Make a plan. You will have bad days. You will be tempted to start using again. You may struggle with feelings of loneliness, depression, guilt or boredom. Friends may ask you to go out with them and put you in triggering situations. Have a plan for situations that may tempt you to begin using again. If you are struggling with loneliness, call on someone from your support system. If you are struggling with guilt or depression, talk to your counselor or a trusted friend or family member. If you are bored, find a new hobby or volunteer. If your friends ask you out and you know that it will be an unsafe environment, explain to them your situation, and ask if they would be willing to stay in and watch a movie. Have a plan and stick to it. Do not put yourself in compromising situations.
  • Set goals. By setting goals, you are giving yourself something to strive toward. When you get out of drug rehabilitation, it is often easy to flounder. You do not know what to do with your life. You do not know where you fit. Prior to transitioning back home, set both long-term and short-term goals. Goals can be related to relationships, employment, accomplishments and experiences or adventures. You have just been given a second chance at life. Embrace it and appreciate it.

By following these guidelines you’ll have a better chance of getting the support you need to maintain your recovery and lead a healthy, sober life.

Help for Atlanta Residents in Recovery

If you or a loved one are about to transition from a drug rehabilitation program to your home in Atlanta, call our toll-free helpline with any questions, concerns or fears you may have about life after recovery. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you in any way we can. Call today!