When dealing with the world of mental illness and addiction recovery, you imagine that there is a finish line of sorts- once you cross it, you will be better. Your problems and your struggles will be fixed and your life can go on. You’ve spent months, weeks, and hours toiling away at yourself, finding out the things that make you tick, and learning to cope with things that threaten your mental well-being. The intensity of the work you will be doing will decrease somewhat when you leave treatment, but the work isn’t done. In fact, the work will never be done, but that’s okay.
Once you leave recovery, you will still have to find ways to adapt to your life. Hobbies and enjoyment you found before entering the program now have to be approached cautiously. You have to keep in mind the dangers of triggers and relapses. After recovery, you won’t have to focus so much on yourself and your own head – that’s pretty much handled and under control – but you will have to focus on how your new mindset will handle itself in your everyday life. You will have to identify what may trigger you to start drinking or using again, what can spring you into a spiral of anxiety, and what will cause your depression to mount. On top of that, you will have to work on how you can manage the label you may have in being a part of a recovery program. It is no secret that there are numerous stigmas around mental illness and the process of recovery. People have a certain idea of what you went through and the kind of person that makes you. That will be a challenging and difficult reality to face but it is one that you can handle. Reaching a state of mind where you don’t feel as concerned about the perspectives of people you don’t know is a long and hard process, but it is one that you can find. Finding a place where you can not worry about people other than your loved ones. In the end, your loved ones will be the ones who matter most, so blocking out the other noise can do a lot to overcome those stigmas.
It will take a lot of time to figure out the best way to live life after treatment, and it’s okay to let that journey take the time it needs. It isn’t something that you can accomplish overnight or just let figure itself out; it will need to be attended to and dealt with. Which is completely plausible and you are more than capable of doing. And just because you leave treatment, doesn’t mean you still can’t use the people and the resources there. Appointments and meetings after recovery can be a great help in assimilating back into the world. Meeting with your doctor or therapist on a consistent basis can do a lot to help your mindset and work, but also help give you something to work towards. Setting a goal to accomplish by the next appointment can be the motivation you need to really buckle down and get the work done. Keep up the communication with not only your doctor but also the people you went through treatment with. Check-in with each other about how you are doing and how you are feeling, and let their presence and their advice keep you moving forward. We are always going to be stronger together so don’t let yourself fall off from communicating with these people who know what you are going through.
Aftercare growth may not be as intense as the process within treatment but it is still absolutely important. You will have to learn different ways of living your life and managing your emotions. We know it sounds daunting and maybe a little defeatist, but it isn’t anything you can’t handle. After getting through recovery, you will have the tools you need to live the best life you possibly can. You will be more equipped to handle it than you could have ever thought and while it can be a lot, you will find it could be easier than you originally thought. Recovery can change your life for the better and don’t be afraid to keep its lessons in mind after leaving treatment. There may be more work to do but it shouldn’t stop you from living the life you want to live. You are strong enough to decide what that life will look like.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Call us today at (866) 399-6528.