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How to Take Care of Yourself After Opium Rehab

How to Take Care of Yourself After Opium Rehab

Self-care involves participation in group and individual therapy

When the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 40-60% of those recovering from addiction will relapse, recovery can seem impossible. However, these statistics are not set in stone, and they do not reflect the healing opportunities that come from relapse. People can take action, get help and take care of themselves to ensure long-term recovery from opium abuse and addiction.

Addicts are adept at pursuing negative behaviors and self-destruction, so they must learn how to take care of themselves while pursuing healthy habits, thoughts and activities. Addiction recovery involves attending the right rehab facility, finding the right treatment professionals and completing a personalized program that will help users get and stay clean. Incomplete and/or inadequate treatment will lay an improper foundation for long-term recovery, and opium users may return to drug use if they cannot take care of themselves.

Addiction reveals factors that relate to continued opiate use after treatment: “high level of pretreatment opiate/drug use,…no prior abstinence from opiates,…depression, high stress, unemployment/employment problems, association with substance abusing peers, short length of treatment, and leaving treatment prior to completion” (“A Meta-Analysis of Predictors of Continued Drug Use During and After Treatment for Opiate Addiction,” May 2002). Recovering users may relapse due to their lack of self-care, and they often take their renewed drug abuse as a sign to give up on recovery. But they should consider that the previous list mentions “no prior abstinence from opiates” as a factor related to relapse. First attempts at sobriety are less likely to be as successful as second or third attempts. Temporary setbacks in recovery allow people to see where and how they can take better care of themselves, or where they may need further professional or personal support.

Once individuals complete opium rehab and find long-term support through aftercare, they can learn how to address stress, depression and environmental and social relapse triggers. Self-care after rehab involves using stress management techniques, along with finding positive activities and social outlets for self-expression. Self-care involves knowing when to ask for help, continuing to participate in group and individual therapy and learning to love your sober life.

If you are ready to move forward after opium addiction, let us help. Our admissions coordinators are here 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to connect you with the personalized rehab resources that will teach you about recovery, self-care and enjoying a drug-free life. All calls are confidential, so do not hesitate to pick up the phone right now.