Transitioning from Colorado drug rehab back into your life is easier if you have a strong support network. Though you may begin your journey thinking that you can achieve and maintain recovery without help from others, having support for your new sober life is important for several reasons.
Why Strong Support Is Important
Everyone has strong and weak moments in their recovery. Without support, you may be more likely to give in to the temptation to relapse. You may also struggle more to adjust to normal aspects of life like balancing work and recovery. You may find it difficult on your own to keep up with small daily tasks while committing to ongoing aftercare that requires time and effort.
Having strong support can keep you from falling back into old habits that led to substance abuse and can provide accountability that helps you avoid repeating unhealthy behaviors from your time before rehab. Studies have shown that those with strong support systems are less likely to relapse and are more likely to follow through with aftercare programs than those without support.
How To Build Your Support Network
It would be great if a support network just appeared out of thin air for those who are leaving inpatient rehab and returning to their lives in recovery, but finding support is usually not so automatic. Here are some ways to build your support network so that you can benefit during your aftercare and transition to outside life.
- Reach out while you are still in rehab. As you end your stay in inpatient drug rehab, take some time to determine a few people who would make up a good support system for you and reach out to them to initiate your request for help.
- Be specific about what you need. Expecting people to guess what kind of support you need or read your mind will not be helpful to you because many people will guess wrong and you will not end up getting the support you need. Be specific and tell your support system what you need–as best you can–and you will be much more likely to get it.
- Choose healthy relationships. Some of your loved ones may want to help you in recovery but may have unhealthy ways of relating to others, like being overly critical or not having good boundaries that allow them to say no to requests that may be harmful to themselves or others. Choosing to reach out to healthy relationships for support will give you the best chance of recovery.
- Turn to professionals if you need more support. Twelve-step programs, sober living homes, and ongoing professional counseling are all options for support for addicts in recovery. While your family and friends will likely do the best they can, professional support is provided by those with the proper training to give insight and to know the right things to say and do when difficult situations arise.
Recovery Village at Palmer Lake provides inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment options as well as help with the transition process when the treatment program reaches its conclusion. Learn about admissions to discover what we can do to help you build a strong support system to support your long-term recovery.