A person who is successfully recovering from substance use disorders is aware that even though the initial inpatient or outpatient treatment is ending, they need help reintegrating with normal day-to-day life. And there will be questions on how to keep on the path.
This is especially true of someone who has finished residential treatment. There will probably be some trepidation and anxiety over what comes next. The transition does not have to be difficult. Building and maintaining positive reinforcement starts by forming meaningful connections with others, especially people who have been through similar journeys.
It may seem cliché, but being a part of a recovery support system and recovery network where experiences can be discussed and challenges can be asked about are two major ways to continue to recover from addiction.
A person may be anxious and afraid of a relapse and these settings and sessions are the best way to stop a vicious circle from forming.
It may take some time, but continuing the recovery journey with others helps a person delve deeper into self-knowledge, resulting in better clarity of thought and understanding. And that understanding leads to character building and the personal rewards that come along with newfound confidence.
Through the recovery journey, a person can not only benefit from others’ feelings and experiences, but offer up solutions and techniques that they themselves have used that others may find beneficial. The “giving back” and “passing it on to others” is a giant signpost that recovery is continuing. No matter where it started.