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What Do I Do After Treatment?

Before you leave treatment, you should have a game plan in place. After-care is as important as treatment itself, and you’ll want your next steps to be as seamless as possible. The following are tips to keep your recovery on fire and your life a little less stressful:

  1. Have a Safe Place Lined Up for Where You Will be Living – If you go back to a drinking or using environment, you are setting yourself up for failure. Talk to your aftercare coordinator, and find a place to live that will support your recovery.
  2. Zero-In On Your Recovery from Day One – If you plan on attending 12 Step meetings, know which meetings you will be attending before you leave treatment. When you get home, go to a meeting, and reach out to others. If you are planning on doing a non-12 Step program, same thing, know where you’re going and go! Meeting makers make it; the more dialed-in you are, the better chance of success.
  3. Get Phone Numbers and Call Those You Already Have – Stay connected to people you already know in recovery, and reach out to new people. Group texts are a good way to keep in touch with friends from treatment, and introducing yourself to new people at meetings will grow your recovery circle. We can’t do this alone, and no matter how hard it is to meet new people, it might just save your life.
  4. Get a Commitment – Ask for a commitment wherever you will be participating in your recovery. If you attend 12 Step meetings, introduce yourself to the secretary and ask for a commitment. If you attend other meetings, do the same thing. By staying accountable, you further your recovery. Plus, commitments are an easy way to meet people and make new friends.
  5. Stay Honest – Honesty should be first and foremost in your life. If you are feeling squirrelly in your recovery, be sure to share that with someone and/or with your group. Tell on yourself, regardless of how hard it may be. The more often you share your feelings with your group, the more they get to know you and the more they will be able to help. Again, we can’t do this alone.

Treatment prepares you to rejoin life on the outside, but recovery is an inside job. You have to participate in your own recovery, or everything you learned will go to waste. If you are still struggling with addiction, we can help. Recovery is possible, give us a call and begin today.

Serenity Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers the comforts of home for a clinical detox experience. Detox is the necessary first step of recovery. Begin your recovery journey in a safe, comfortable environment, clinically monitored by professionals. Call 844-339-6964 today for more information.