Transition from Treatment to Early Recovery Part One
Majority of relapses happen within the first few months after leaving rehab, having a solid foundation is one thing, the other is having an understanding of transition. The aftercare process is vital and is being overlooked by many treatment centres.
Below we will address some of the important dynamics that people in early recovery will face once they leave rehab.
(Please note that everyone has different circumstances and these points might not apply to all)
Expectations VS Reality
If its your first time in rehab, you might be expecting everyone to welcome you back with open arms. You might expect that everyone will be different and the world will have changed. This is not a realistic expectation to have, addiction comes with distrust, broken promises and destruction. Majority of the people in your life will have been effected negatively by your addiction and the consequences of this will take time to heal. Expecting people to trust you straight away because you’ve been in rehab is going to set up disappointments for yourself and for the other people involved. Just because you want it to be different doesn’t mean its going to be different.
The transition period from distrust to trust is a long process filled with progress and set backs, stay clean/sober and everything will work out the way it should. People will come and go in recovery, one thing MUST remain constant, your sobriety.
Some people do very well in treatment and leave the centre feeling like they are flying, “ten foot tall and bullet proof”
what alot of people don’t realise is that doing well in treatment is not recovery. Recovery is proving yourself over and over that no matter happens in your life, you weather the storm and stay sober. Treatment is “discovery” not recovery.
An attitude of “I’ve got this waxed” is a fatal flaw in early recovery. You dont know enough to have this waxed, there are many lessons to still learn and leaving treatment with that attitude will render you unteachable, arrogant and most probably high or drunk. Stay open to the fact that you are going to need as much help as possible to get through this transition process and that your best thinking got you into rehab in the first place.
Stay tuned for the next blog in the series, Triggers and Associations.