It is important to remember that support is about more than simply helping someone up. It is also about holding them up after the fact. Perhaps no place is this more true than within the family, especially when that family has been affected by addiction. This is also why reconnecting with the family after rehab can be so crucial.
Integrating Back Into Everyday Life After Rehab
There are many questions that, understandably, pop up when one is ready to leave rehab. These are questions like, “Where am I going to stay?” “What am I going to do for work?” “Will I be accepted back into my family?” Also, perhaps the most important, “How am I going to keep sobriety my priority?”
This last question is critical when it comes to integrating back into everyday life after rehab. Many people often get overwhelmed with the other questions, but it is important to remember that those questions become moot if one does not keep their sobriety at the forefront. It is also important to make the right choices after rehab and not try to rush anything.
No one’s recovery is the same, and this also applies to where people are after rehab. Some people are ready to get right back into their day-to-day lives, but others may want to take it a little slower. For these individuals, looking into a stay at a sober living facility may be an ideal option. Staying in a sober living facility is also a great way to stay connected to recovery after rehab.
Staying Connected to Recovery After Rehab
As previously alluded to, there is a saying in many recovery communities that goes, “Anything one puts in front of their recovery, they have the potential to lose.” This means that one’s recovery must always come before anything else. Recovery communities are a great way to ensure that this remains the case.
Recovery communities like those that utilize a 12-Step program can be pivotal for those who feel a little unsure about how secure their sobriety is after rehab. Many people find that they have a lot of time on their hands right after rehab, and connecting with a recovery community can help not only fill that time but also fill that time with healthy sober conversation and growth.
It should also be noted that Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is a great place to be after rehab. One of the reasons is that it is the perfect location to connect with both nature and urban settings. Another reason is that it has some of the finest recovery specialists in the country. It also has established and vibrant recovery communities for support.
Reconnecting With Family After Rehab
Another way that one can get support is by reconnecting with family after rehab. Of course, this is only if reconnecting with family is a healthy and viable option.
There is a reason why people refer to addiction as a “family disease.” This is because addiction does not just affect the individual who is directly struggling. Also, because addiction is a family disease, it needs a “family solution.”
This family solution often involves the family getting some help for themselves while their loved one is in rehab. Now, this may come in the form of family therapy, individual therapy, counseling, or family workshops that take place at the recovery center. These actions can really help the whole family start to heal early before it comes time to reconnect.
Healing With Family After Rehab
Part of healing with the family after rehab must come in the form of trust building. This may come from making amends (which is a big part of 12-Step recovery), from committing to continued therapy (including being part of family therapy), and creating a relapse prevention plan and sticking to it.
It is also important to understand that rehab is not a “silver bullet” solution. Recovery takes work and also takes time. There will be times when things don’t always go as smoothly as the family might hope. However, by sticking to a family recovery plan, “one day at a time,” positive progress can and will happen.
Helping the Whole Family Heal at The Redpoint Center
Here at The Redpoint Center, we understand how important it is to help the entire family heal. Yes, ultimately, the choice to recover must come down to the individual. However, when that choice is made one can use all of the support they can get, especially from the family.
The iconic author and philosopher Khalil Gibran once wrote, “To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” At The Redpoint Center, we are here to help families be proud of their lives that they will one day look back upon together.
Family dynamics can be complicated when it comes to recovery, to say the least. This includes mending relationships with family members and reconnecting with family after rehab. There are also outpatient programs and sober living facilities that can help individuals slowly integrate back into family life, and help with the family healing process. If you feel like you or a loved one is struggling with issues of addiction, mental illness, or both, we can help get you on the positive path to long-term recovery. For more information about how to navigate reconnecting with family after treatment and other long-term recovery options, please reach out to The Redpoint Center today at (303) 710-8496.