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What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

Many recovering addicts feel uneasy about the transition from treatment to society

Seeking and successfully completing treatment is a tremendous accomplishment for any opium addict. But now that they have completed treatment, what lies ahead of them? While in treatment, addicts establish a routine, which helps them gain confidence while at the same time filling their spare hours and giving them the familiarity of knowing what to expect each day. Although they receive resources and have gone through numerous types of classes, all which prepare them for this moment, knowing how to integrate what they have learned into sober life can be nerve-racking to some.

Often times addicts come to dread this point of their treatment, where they now go from a safe drug-free environment to everyday society where life throws constant curve balls. Although this is common, addicts must remember that they have the resources and knowledge to continue on their path of sobriety and are able to continue to live a healthy lifestyle even once they leave the treatment facility.

Treatment is Complete, Now What?

Although a time for celebration, many recovering addicts feel uneasy about the transition from treatment to society. This could be due to feelings of uncertainty that they are ready, uneasiness about being able to take the proper steps to support their recovery, as well as a lack of support from their loved ones. If a recovering addict is unsure that he is prepared for this transition, he should consider the following options:

  • Seek additional support
  • Sober-housing
  • Repair relationships
  • Reintegrate into society

During this transitional time, recovering addicts often feel overwhelmed and lack the self-confidence that they are able to do this on their own. Fortunately, some recovering addicts go home to both family and friends who support their new sober lifestyle while other recovering addicts face the same environment that sparked their addiction in the first place. Support can be shown or sought in numerous ways and each recovering addict may seek support in their own way as well. There are numerous classes, even free ones, where addicts can get additional support from others who have gone through the same situations.

Once treatment is completed, many recovering addicts seek outpatient treatment, where their treatment is continued ,though no longer the focus of their attention. This form of treatment allows the recovering addict to live independently, whether they decide to reside in a sober-housing facility or on their own. Recovering addicts are encouraged to seek employment or volunteer to help keep their schedules filled and their focus on the benefits of sobriety.

Many changes must take place to support sobriety. These changes can be uncomfortable for the recovering addict and may include the following:

  • Relocation
  • Change in social circle
  • New job
  • Boundaries

In the early stages of treatment, recovering addicts are often both emotionally and physically unstable and because of this find it difficult to make the necessary changes to support their new lifestyle. Once their treatment progresses, recovering addicts are able to see more clearly how simple changes they make can ultimately influence their recovery in either a positive or negative manner. Recovering addicts may be tempted to contact past drug using friends or family and may find that this simple outreach to the wrong individual could ultimately jeopardize their sobriety.  [1]

Recovery is a lifelong process, which will entail numerous triumphs and setbacks. The goal is to not get stuck on a setback and to respond in a satisfactory way to get back on the path of sobriety. Getting back on the right path may cause the recovering addict to make some tough choices such as relocating, no longer interacting with drug using friends and family, seeking new employment opportunities, and setting healthy boundaries with everyone who wants a relationship with them. The recovering addict must see this as a way to better control his environment while at the same time limiting the chances of sacrificing his sobriety for someone else. It takes practice and constant adjusting to find what best fits into the recovering addict’s life and what he finds to be manageable for his sobriety.

Opium Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know and love has recently completed treatment for their opium addiction and is now on the verge of relapse, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help them get back on track with their sobriety. It only takes one call to save someone’s life, so call us today!

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64208/, SAMHSA, Substance Abuse Treatment; Group Therapy, 11/05, 2015.