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Adjusting to Life After Rehab

There is strong evidence that engaging in a robust alumni program after discharge from a drug and alcohol treatment program improves long-term recovery outcomes. Life after rehab can be stressful and intimidating for many people who have not lived without substances for a while. Suddenly, facing sober living beyond the supportive circle of rehab can feel daunting. At The Right Step Houston, our alumni program provides aftercare opportunities that extend beyond the end of rehab, walking with you as you start down this path of sober living. 

Learn more about how our alumni program works to support our graduates as they transition to life after rehab. You can reach us by calling 1.844.768.0169. When we connect with you, feel free to ask as many questions as you like about alumni programs and anything else you want about recovery support during and after rehab. 

About Relapse Prevention 

The goal of rehab is to help you begin recovery in a healthy way and minimize your risks of relapse. However, it is essential to remember that relapse is common and not a sign of failure. 

Recovery is a process that takes time. That’s why addiction treatment does not take just a few days. It’s not just about learning the ropes and reading a textbook. It’s about healing, being honest, and practicing new ways to be in the world without drugs or alcohol. 

In an alumni program, you will learn how to spot the early stages of relapse before the actual relapse happens. You’ll discover that every stage of recovery comes with its pitfalls. There is no shame or blame, but knowing what to look for helps you navigate tricky moments more successfully. Continuing beyond the end of rehab with therapy, peer support, and continuing education about sober living enables you to stay focused on your beliefs and fears, modulate your inner reactions, and remain mindful in stressful situations. 

Navigating Life After Rehab 

Some things you’ll talk about and practice while engaged in an alumni program are guidelines for you or simply things to be aware of to avoid self-blame, fear, or loss of confidence. 

For example: 

  • Post-discharge from rehab, you don’t want just to fit back into your pre-recovery life, which contains many landmines. 
  • If you have to or choose to live in the same place or return to the same job, you can still make changes like forming new habits, adhering to entirely different schedules, and hanging out with all new people. 
  • You are not alone—you can’t do it alone, and it’s not just okay but vitally vital that you ask for help when you need it. 
  • Learn what you need to care for yourself and your sobriety, then prioritize it. It might be eating healthily, spending time outdoors, engaging in hobbies (new ones or old ones you left behind), or keeping a journal. 
  • Be accountable to yourself by always being honest—with others and yourself. 
  • Stay in touch with your peer support group from rehab or as many as possible. This core group is the foundation of your post-rehab circle of accountability and caring. 

 Sober living is in your grasp. Let The Right Step Houston help you. 

Connect with The Right Step Houston Today and Ask About Our Alumni Program 

Learn more about life after rehab, including our alumni program, sober living houses, and therapy options post-discharge. Our goal is your ongoing recovery, and we want to help you navigate sober living successfully. 

To connect with The Right Step Houston and have time to talk about your questions and concerns, use this online form or dial 1.844.768.0169

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