What Happens After Rehab? What to Expect from Life on the Outside

After completing an inpatient rehabilitation program, you’ve probably been made aware of the fact that this is just the first step in a lifetime process of choosing sober living in Denver, CO. Patients who complete the program may struggle to make the necessary lifestyle changes that sober living requires, such as staying away from friends who continue to abuse alcohol and drugs.

When you’re in rehab, you’ve probably done the hard work of figuring out what your alcohol or drug abuse triggers are. Most often, stress, anxiety and depression are at the root of self-medication. Unfortunately, although you’ve learned new coping skills, you can’t avoid those triggers forever. At Continuum Recovery of Colorado, we know most relapses occur in the first six months after your inpatient program concludes. When you have a better understanding of your triggers and are addressing them in therapy, you’re setting yourself up for success.

Here’s how you can get continuing support after you complete your stint in rehab:

  • Individual therapy: Now that you’re out of rehab and putting your life back together, meeting with an individual therapist to discuss your lifestyle changes is a great idea. Good therapists know that addiction is not just triggers and chemical dependence—it’s also the product of how you live your life, and until you change your routine and habits, you won’t be able to conquer the addiction. However, with regular therapy, doctor visits and lifestyle changes, you’re more likely to stay sober for good.
  • Checkups: For accountability purposes, regular checkups with physical and mental health professionals can do wonders. We suggest meeting with them at least four times yearly. This also helps addicts stay on top of any post-rehab physical ailments. Most people don’t realize that their addiction can weaken their body in unexpected ways, and having regular check-ups ensures that you’re maintaining your healthy lifestyle in all capacities.
  • 12-step programs and alternative support groups: The 12-step programs started with Alcoholics Anonymous, and there is one for nearly any sort of addiction you may experience. Alternatively, the SMART groups—Self Management and Recovery Training—help users understand and combat their addiction with support and therapeutic tools. Whichever type of group you choose, consider joining one that addresses your specific challenges.
  • Lifestyle change: After you give up drugs and alcohol, life might seem boring, especially activities that were once substance-dependent. It’s crucial in those first six post-rehab months to find new activities that you’re excited about doing. We suggest doing something social and active, such as dance lessons, attending conventions, volunteering or joining a recreational sports team.

Interested in sober living in Denver, CO?

If you’re interested in learning more about the services that can assist you with successful sober living in Denver, CO, reach out to the experts at Continuum Recovery of Colorado. We will be happy to provide you with further information about the benefits of therapy and how it can lead to improved odds of sustained, long-term recovery. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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