By: Cedar Point Recovery 04 Aug 2016

Leaving rehab and returning home can be unsettling due to the lack of structure in your home environment. There are many steps you can take to help you transition to life at home including picking up a hobby, getting help from your treatment team prior to leaving and recognizing which triggers to avoid.

Apprehension about leaving your treatment center is normal. It had structure, routine, and ensured that you stayed clean. Despite the prospects of an aftercare program with counselors and support group meetings in place, the brunt of the work will now be on you.

Stay grounded and accept the emotions. They’re natural; they’re expected. Use the support you have and find a way to distract yourself. Pick up a hobby or dive into work, all while ensuring your plate is not too full. Too much stress may put you at further risk of relapsing.

To help you transition, have a plan before leaving. You can do this on your own but it might be helpful to get some help from your treatment team. Map out the first few months of your recovery and schedule regular visits to begin with. Triggers will pop up, so include a contingency in your plan to handle the cravings when they arise.

Lastly, be proud of your progress, but humble your ego. You accomplished something great and that should not be downplayed, but getting too cocky can result in you getting in over your head, and eventually crashing. Stay grounded, and take it one step at a time.

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