Getting out of rehab can be a very nerve-racking experience. You are leaving the safety and security of the facility, a place where staying sober is fairly easy, for the reality of life outside its walls. You are going to have to go back to work or find a new job, you may have to find a new place to live, and you may have to find new meetings and more members for your support group. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when leaving and all of them can put a tremendous amount of stress on the individual who is getting out of rehab.
With that said though, many rehabs are well equipped to help you with this stressful transition, and they know exactly how to best serve you as you move on to the next step in your recovery. They understand that rehab is only the beginning of a long life journey and that incorporating the tools you learned while in treatment into your daily life is an integral part of success.
What You Should Do on Your Last Day of Rehab
In many ways, the last day of rehab can be bittersweet. On the one hand you are free and no longer have to sit through hours and hours of groups, but on the other hand, you are moving on, away from people that you spent the past month or months with. There is excitement and fear all rolled into one, and in order to deal with these emotions and set yourself up for continued success, you should attempt to do the following things on your last day in rehab.
Sign up for IOP
If you haven’t already signed up for IOP after your release, then you should talk to your counselors about doing so. Being able to attend group sessions a couple of times a week is a good way to help with your transition back into reality.
Get the numbers of people you have made friends with
One of the best parts of going to treatment is the ability you have to create a support group while in the safety of the treatment center. Many of the people that you attended treatment with will be getting out soon after you do, so get their number, stay in contact, and make plans to go to meetings once they get out.
Get to a meeting
If you were in a treatment center that did not allow you to go to outside meetings during your stay, then get to a meeting, raise your hand and say I just got out of rehab and I need a sponsor. Do this as quickly as possible because to delay is to take a step backward. If the treatment center you attended did allow you to attend meetings, then make plans with your sponsor, or some other friend to attend a meeting that day.
Talk with your Counselor
While many therapists at treatment centers will allow you to stay in contact once you leave, it is a good idea to check in with them one last time before your departure. Tell them about your fears and anxieties and any misgivings you have so you can leave rehab with a clear and open mind. It is a good way to wrap up your treatment stay and to see just how far you’ve come.
Find a place to live
Hopefully, this will have been completed well before your last day, and many times there will be ¾ or halfway houses in the area that you can gain admittance to while still in treatment, but if you haven’t done this already, then do so on your last day of treatment. You don’t want to leave treatment and have no place to go because to do so would be to set yourself up for failure or unneeded stress.
Talk to your family about your plans
More than likely, your family already has an idea of what the plan is after you leave treatment, but it is good to reiterate this information to them so that they do not have to worry or be nervous. During active addiction, we put our families through a lot of stress, so talking to them during the last day in rehab is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do.
Contact your employer
If you are going back to your job, and you haven’t done so already, it would be a good idea to contact your employer and let them know that you plan on coming back soon. If they are aware of your situation it could be a good opportunity to have an open dialogue with them.
If your last day is approaching and you’re feeling some trepidation about getting out, that is good. I have found that is a good thing to be nervous about leaving the safety of treatment and that, this usually is a sign that you are on the right path. Just do what you need to do, attend meetings, work the Steps, and stay accountable and you will be all right in the end. Alcoholism and addiction are tremendously powerful diseases but you can overcome them and get your life back.
Seeking Treatment For Alcoholism or Addiction
If you find that you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from an addiction. Addiction is an actual, recognizable disease and as such, you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. There are millions of people every year who need to seek help for addiction and alcoholism, and many have made it through their struggles to a life of recovery. So if you think you need help, then call the professionals at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call, to help you in any way they can.