The use of the term “rehab” is still common but remains a misrepresentation of recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Rehab is the service that offers individuals the opportunity to stop using drugs and to begin treating their addiction.
We hear it time and time again, “he went to rehab.” Then, you see him on the street the week after he was discharged, stating, “I am over it,” and a family thinking he is “cured” - this is a short-sided view of recovery and SUD in general.
Continue reading below to discover what you can do after rehab.
LIFE AFTER REHAB
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes recovery in this way:
Recovery is a process of change that helps people improve their health and wellness by experiencing self-directed lives and striving to reach their fullest potential. The following four dimensions support recovery:
- Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
- Home—having a stable and safe place to live.
- Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
- Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Hope is the belief that individuals will overcome these challenges, and it’s also the foundation of recovery. The recovery process is personal and different for everyone. Often, any situation involving personal growth involves setbacks - the same goes for addiction recovery. Setbacks, however, are a natural part of life, and resilience becomes a key component of recovery.
The process of recovery is supported through two things:
- Social networks
This often involves family members who become the champions of their loved one’s recovery. Families of people in recovery may experience adversities that lead to increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, grief and isolation.
The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being. The support of peers and friends is also crucial in engaging and supporting individuals in recovery.
Your recovery process doesn’t stop after you’ve completed rehab. Since recovery is equivalent to continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness, recovery is a lifelong process.
BEYOND YOUR PROGRAM
Did you know that the development of a positive relationship with the patient, their comprehensive treatment team, and social support group increases the likelihood of long-term recovery? A month in a residential treatment center doesn’t cure a person of SUD. Ongoing treatment in an outpatient clinic may be needed. Peer-run recovery support groups are vital in keeping the lifelong process going in the right direction.
The most widely recognized peer-run recovery programming is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); however, most communities have a wide variety of other community-based recovery programs.
A quick internet search, visit with a local church, or checking with a treatment clinic to get connected with these groups is the first step.
At Providence Recovery, we make sure each patient feels empowered as we develop our individualized addiction treatment programs that strive for a long-lasting and positive recovery. Our team is here to help our patients recover and make the process comforting and uplifting to let them know they aren’t alone.
We understand that relapse happens, which is why our program is prepared to well-equip our patients with the necessary tools and educational resources that prevent the occurrence of relapse.
In the end, a supportive network of friends and family is a vital part of recovery. In our addiction treatment program, you will cultivate deepened relationships with those around you and be surrounded by support to overcome the obstacles you face to fight for a new life of sobriety.
ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER | PROVIDENCE RECOVERY
At Providence Recovery, we pride ourselves on providing patient-centered addiction treatment, including:
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization Program (Coming Soon!)
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Men’s Recovery Community - Sober Living Home
Our approach to recovery spans the continuum of care that treats the person as a whole. Let us help you get back to a life you like!