The period of time immediately following treatment can be difficult. Ideally we’re given new and more positive behavioral tools in our programs that allow us to build new confidence and emotional strength, but the transition into everyday recovery can still be jarring. As time goes, the process might get easier, but getting to a place where we can be comfortable and thrive takes time. It’s important that we have the resources and support right out of the gate to help us along the way until we’ve gotten the hang of things. Although each person’s recovery is unique, there are a few universal factors that are crucial in helping us move further along in recovery.
Information – Information is key, from where to find addiction therapists and support groups in our area to knowing our vulnerability triggers and our threshold for relapse. The more we know, the better we can insulate ourselves from the possibility of a setback. We start gathering this information in treatment, but we must continue to build our awareness even after we leave our program. Recovery is about growth, and growth is about self-awareness and understanding. The more we know, the better off we are.
Support – Whether it’s from our family, our friends or even the people with whom we connect at recovery meetings, each one of us needs a strong and solid foundation of support to lean on during the more vulnerable points of our recovery. We all experience cravings, even those of us who are years into recovery. The reality is, that many of us will never stop needing help on some level. When we have an established group of people on whom we can lean, help becomes much more accessible and can mean the difference between relapse and continued success.
Self-Love – It is just as important that we receive love from ourselves as it is from others. When we get down on ourselves for our perceived lack of self-worth it lays the groundwork for a major setback. We have to believe that we’re worth saving and build a life around that notion. This includes developing fulfilling hobbies, interacting with people and living a full and balanced life. If we practice self-love, we will open ourselves up to new and exciting aspects of life and become further invested in our recovery. If we look at ourselves as perpetual failures, we close ourselves off from positive experiences.
Recovery is often a challenging path to walk, but when we have these essential post-treatment elements lined up, we have a much better chance at success.