Preparing for Life After Rehab
It takes so much courage to admit that you have a problem. And as the saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The road of recovery is long, and at times, difficult. We would all love for rehab to be the quick fix. 30, 60, or even 90 days, and then we are cured. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t work like that, and you will need help preparing for life after rehab, and all along the way.
Outside of rehab, you will be faced with challenges daily. We all are. Life is tricky and complicated, and sometimes messy. As you are preparing for life in recovery, you want to think about the people, places, and things that might trigger your addiction. How will you handle those situations? What can you do to avoid them?
By the same token, you will want to understand the behaviors and habits that work for you. Whether it is exercise, meditation, mindfulness, meetings, eating right, sleeping well, or whatever works to keep you sober. You should know how to keep these practices at the forefront of your day.
Luckily, a life skills training program in Northern IL is available. How will this program help in preparing for life after rehab? Imagine you have an invisible toolbox. During rehab, you begin to accumulate tools designed to help you navigate life outside of the treatment center. In a life skills training program, you will learn how to sharpen these tools, add some new tools to the mix, and maybe even decide that some aren’t going to work for you. The following are some of the skills and tools that you will carry with you after completing a life skills training program.
Identifying and Resisting Triggers
Without question, once you make the re-entry into your life, you will be faced with triggers. Some potential triggers are pretty obvious, such as:
- People that you used to use with
- Places where you spent time using
- Times of the day when you may have been more prone to use
- Exposure to your drug of choice
Additionally, there are emotional triggers that may be harder to identify. What is often surprising for people is that emotional triggers aren’t necessarily negative. Feelings of accomplishment or excitement are also likely to trigger. A life skills training program can help you identify potential triggers as you are preparing for life after rehab.
Certainly, self-management strategies are the most individualized. Learning what behaviors and habits led to or contributed to your addiction is vital to your success in sobriety. Of course, as a member of a family, community, workplace, you are often torn between your obligations to others and the need for self-care. However, the routines and practices that help you stay healthy, centered, and sober should always take center stage.
Goal Setting and Benchmarks
Goal setting is an excellent motivator while preparing for life in recovery. Therefore, it is an integral part of Northern Illinois Recovery’s life skills training program. In these lessons, clients learn how to set long-term goals. Also, how to break them down into identifiable benchmarks; the small achievements that will lead you to your ultimate goals.
Overcoming addiction starts with going to a quality rehab. Addiction doesn’t have to control your life. We can help you find the road to recovery if you contact us today 855.786.1978.