After patients have planned their recovery process, it is time to enter the real world and use the tools they learned during their stay at a rehabilitation facility.
The best way to achieve a successful recovery is to, first, complete a program at a reputable rehabilitation facility and secondly, develop a plan for when patients leave the facility.
It is important for patients to make a list of goals. They must also list how they plan on achieving those goals. The list of goals is great, but if there is no plan to achieve them, it is completely useless.The next step is to immerse themselves in positive daily activities. The goal is to become distracted with positive things, people and environments in order to drown out negative thoughts, actions and behaviors.
We also recommend patients to track their progress or if they have felt any changes. It is important to notice when things are not right in order to figure out exactly what it is that is causing the new feelings. Which brings us to our last step in the plan; identifying triggers.By tracking their progress or changes in mental state, patients should be able to identify the triggers that make them feel negatively.
While all of our programs are designed to help patients further understand their mental and physical issues and teach the skills necessary to cope with negative environments; most times, patients who do not immerse themselves in positive support groups have a hard time avoiding the possibility of relapse.
Most people do not know the difference between lapse and relapse. A lapse is characterized by using a substance or drinking alcohol just once. Most times, when patients lapse, they feel guilty and instead of correcting their behavior they continue using, which then becomes relapse. Relapse occurs when there are multiple uses of the substance or alcohol. Relapse is inevitable if a recovering addict has not fully developed the coping skills or tools needed to combat their addiction; therefore, Sprout Recovery highly recommends recovering patients to immerse themselves in positive environments and support groups.
Help is Within Reach
It is easy to remain sober when you are in a rehabilitation facility because you are in a sober and safe environment as well as being closely monitored and assessed by medical professionals all day every day. Once you return to your daily life, you will no longer be surrounded by people who understand and support you. The transition from a treatment facility to real life can be quite overwhelming; patients will need someone to turn to for guidance or support.
Do not be discouraged, there are ways to surround yourself with positive people who understand exactly what you are going through. Thanks to the creation of support groups, patients are able to remain in contact with people who have the knowledge and experience of life in and outside of treatment. The programs are designed to bring together those who are in recovery and serious about maintaining their sobriety. Each program has millions of members who are living healthy and sober lives and want to help other recovering patients.
They require each patient to understand that they are powerless to their addiction and that it takes a lot of willpower, work and support to remain committed to their sobriety. In order to maintain sobriety and achieve a long-lasting recovery, it is beyond important to have people around who love, support and understand.
The best programs that recovering patients should take part in after their rehabilitation treatments are support groups, such as:
Crystal Meth Anonymous
They are not only useful for peer support but they are also a great program to teach each member how to become a mentor for others who are going through similar experiences. The support group is designed to help members gain self-esteem and confidence. Sprout Recovery believes that these programs help patients develop the skills necessary to be a good leader, sponsor, facilitator and all-around better person.
Support From SAMHSA
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) say that the best support during recovery is through peer support services. Like all support groups, peer support relies on the shared affiliation and deep understanding that each recovering patient has with each other.
SAMHSA believes that peer support includes:
Peer recovery resource connecting
Peer mentoring helps develop one-on-one relationships between a recovering patient and their mentor in which the mentor provides encouragement, motivation and support.
Through peer recovery resource connecting recovering patients are connected to professional and nonprofessional services that are available in their communities.
The recovery group facilitation allows recovering patients to lead a recovery-oriented group which focuses on educational activities.
By building their community, patients are able to create new friendships and become part of a healthy social network. In order to maintain sobriety and achieve a long-lasting recovery, it is beyond important to have people around who love, support and understand.
Sprout Health Group Support
Sprout Health Group believes that the process of recovery does not stop once our treatment program ends. Recovering and maintaining sobriety is a constant journey that teaches our patients a lot about their own will power, strength and endurance. We will remain committed as long as our patients do and reaffirm that statement with our continuing care programs.
Sprout Health Group believes that it is important to offer aftercare and continuing care programs that help structure a community of prosperous alumni. Our Alumni can offer a tremendous amount of support. They have successfully completed treatment programs, have learned the skills necessary to aid in recovery and understand how to encourage others facing similar obstacles.