03 Dec Life After Treatment
Life after treatment can sometimes seem like a maze without a destination, but the tools and habits you gain in your recovery give you an advantage going forward in life. The important thing is to maintain the good habits that you started in your treatment and build them into life long habits that sustain and transform you.
One of the first things we teach is how the addiction cycle begins with particular patterns of thinking that in turn lead toward addictive patterns of behavior. As you travel day by day down the road of full recovery, you will understand better how to avoid these patterns and how to resist their pull.
Another important part of our program is understanding the role that lying plays in the addiction cycle. Life after treatment for alcohol addiction leaves no room whatsoever for dishonesty. Lying to yourself and others chips away at your self-image and self-esteem, making it more difficult for you to maintain your progress.
We strongly encourage continued attendance at AA meetings, as the support of those around you will be a huge support in sustaining your transformation. As someone who is walking in a lifestyle of abstinence, your guidance, encouragement, and perspective will be incredibly helpful to those who are just beginning their own journey. In addition, being surrounded others who have been trhough the same thing you have will help you to identify potential dangers. Often we cannot see the temptations that are set for ourselves, and the support of more experienced members will help you continue to be honest with yourself and prevent a relapse.
There are numerous programs that offer Aftercare beyond weekly AA meetings. Some people find these programs an added help in maintaining their new lifestyle.
Sober living homes offer a stable living environment, something that is especially helpful for those who come from an unstable home prior to treatment. They have been found to improve both abstinence and employment rates for individuals coming out of treatment.
Individual Counseling can help you in your honesty with yourself, and provides additional support to continue and strengthen the habits and life style choices you establish in treatment.
Family Therapy is especially helpful in repairing our lives. Alcoholism does not only affect us individually, but also those closest to us. Family Therapy helps us rebuild the relationships that our addiction damaged and destroyed. Counselors will usually meet individually with family members, then bring everyone together to wrap up the process.
The most important part of life after treatment is the understanding that it is a journey. The patterns and behaviors that cause addiction can still rise up if we allow them to. By continuing to purposefully work toward healing with a disciplined approach toward abstinence, we can escape our addiction and live our lives to the fullest.