When it comes to your inpatient drug recovery coming to an end, there can be a lot of fear and anxiety related to it. After all, if you are getting near the end of your inpatient treatment, you have now found a way to live a sober lifestyle during your inpatient treatment.
However, you know that once you leave your inpatient drug recovery center, there will be a lot of potential triggers that come back and make it harder to remain sober.
However, knowing what to expect when it comes to the end of your inpatient drug recovery program can give you a much better chance of remaining sober and healthy long after you leave your inpatient program and ideally for the rest of your happy and healthy life.
So, with all that being said, let’s break down the three things to keep in mind during your last week of inpatient drug recovery before you re-enter the real world. It’s scary, but it is also incredibly exciting.
So, let’s get started!
Identify your personal triggers
One of the most important aspects of inpatient recovery is that it removes the addict from most or all of the daily triggers that exist in their daily lives. However, once you get back into the real world, you will not be separated from those triggers. So, you will have to make sure that you keep those triggers in mind so that you can either avoid them or overcome them.
Remember your warning signs of relapse
One of the most harmful things that can happen to a person who has just left an inpatient drug recovery treatment center like The Forge Recovery Center is to relapse. Not only is a relapse a painful thing because it means that all of the hard work that you have done has been undone, but it can also easily leave to overdose, as people go back to taking doses of the substance that they were used to taking at the height of their addiction. Here are some signs of relapse to keep in mind so that you can get help if needed:
- Returning to addictive thinking patterns
- Taking part in self-defeating behavior
- Seeking out situations that may put you in contact with drugs or alcohol
- Thinking less rationally about your addiction
- Starting to think of drugs or alcohol as an escape from pain
Build healthy relationships and seek support
One of the best ways to set yourself up for success after you leave your inpatient program is to build and maintain healthy relationships in your life. You also should seek out support, either from people in your life or from a professional resource like a therapist if you find that you are struggling with your re-entry into normal living. Remember, people in your life want to help you and want to see you succeed. If you are open about your struggles, there is no doubt that the family and friends in your life will be willing and able to listen and help in whatever way they can.