Five Ways to Transition from Rehab to Real Life

If you’re in rehab now and know you’ll be released soon you probably feel a little scared. You’re scared of adjusting back to life outside the supportive atmosphere of a rehabilitation center. But, if you make a plan now of how to live outside of rehab, it’s bound to be a smoother transition than if you have no plan in place. Consider five ways of transitioning from rehab to real life.

Make New Living Arrangements

Putting yourself in an environment without drugs or alcohol is important. So, if you lived with someone who used drugs or alcohol before you went to rehab, make new living arrangements so you don’t put yourself back into that environment. If necessary, make temporary living arrangements with a caring, sober friend or relative while you find something more permanent.

Stay in Contact with Your Therapist

Let your therapist know how you’re doing in your life outside of rehab. Your therapist has been working with you for weeks or even months and knows what to ask you about your progress. This continued support is an important ingredient in your success at leading a life without drugs or alcohol.

Spend Time with Sober People

What did you do during your free time before you entered rehab? Maybe you went to bars to hangout or went over to friends’ houses to use drugs. Replace this behavior by going to places where you’ll interact with sober people. Join a club with others who share a common interest in a hobby or activity.

Go to Outpatient Therapy

If you’ve the opportunity to go to outpatient therapy, take it. This may be group therapy once a week or private therapy every two weeks. Either way, outpatient therapy helps you stay on the right track and gives you support in your new life. If you’re having issues or experiencing temptation, therapy sessions can help encourage you to stay sober.

Get into an Exercise Program

Exercise can help you to feel physically stronger. This physical strength can contribute to your mental and emotional strength. All of this added strength can help you to reduce stress and maintain a sober lifestyle.

These are just five ways to smooth out the transition from rehab to real life. Getting guidance from your therapists can also prove very helpful.