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What Happens After Drug Addiction Rehab?

According to the NIDA, “Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society.” It’s easier to achieve these goals while you are being led by counselors and held accountable for your behaviors throughout the drug addiction rehab program, but, what happens after rehab is up to you.

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The Four Dimensions of Recovery

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There are many things you can do to maintain your recovery after addiction treatment.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines the term “recovery” as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” To do this, the SAMHSA has identified four dimensions of recovery from substance abuse including:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and nonprescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being;
  • Home: having a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose: participating in meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community: engaging in relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Dealing with Cravings after Drug Addiction Rehab

You learn, in drug addiction rehab, to identify areas of your life that may “trigger” cravings and how to avoid those issues, but, that doesn’t mean cravings won’t appear on their own without ever consciously thinking about the drugs. Any psychoactive drug that has the ability to make you feel good or get “high” interacts with dopamine receptors and the reward centers of the brain to cause “conditioned cravings” as a reinforcing mechanism to repeat the use of those drugs.

It is important to have a strategy in place to deal with cravings when they arise and to have a plan in case of relapse. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing, brain disease that, while treatable, is almost never cured and you must stay vigilant in your recovery motivations. Relapse is likely for some and should not be viewed as failure, but, recognized as a need for reinvested or intensified recovery efforts.

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Dealing with Ongoing Issues

Most addicts suffer insomnia, depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders as a result of their addiction and in some, it’s an underlying cause. These issues can be uncovered and treated in the drug addiction rehab, but, once you are on your own, the residual effects can remain harmful for a long time or get worse as you face continuous challenges to remain abstinent.

The changes in your life to remain drug-free can be frightening and stressful in and of themselves. Outside of professional help, family and community support systems such as those found in 12-step recovery groups are advocated for positivity, encouragement, and guidance in your continuing progress.

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How to Celebrate the Holidays While in Rehab

Celebrating the holidays while in rehab is a depressing prospect for some. It is important to remember that the holidays are an excellent time to become sober for both your friends and family. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse, stress can cause relapse, being alone during the holidays is a source of stress for….

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Relapsing: What to Do When a Drug Addiction Program Fails

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when you relapse it is not a failure. Drug addiction is a chronic disease that needs to be treated as such. Relapse is a fact of drug addiction treatment. Not all programs suit all addictions and it is very important that a program be personalized for your….

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How to Find the Best Addiction Treatment Program For You

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With our rehab directory, you can search for addiction treatment centers by state and city, finding the facilities that are nearest to you. But how can you find the best possible program for you? We can help you find the right treatment. Call toll free anytime. Step One: Consider Your Needs Every individual has specific….

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How Local Rehab Centers Benefit the Whole Family

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Increase in Seniors Fighting Addiction in Drug Rehab Centers

Seniors in drug rehab centers are a growing problem.

We’ve always heard the phrase, “addiction isn’t prejudice, it affects the young the old, the rich the poor, black and white – it doesn’t matter.” However, in the recent years studies have shown that individuals who are over the age of 50 are increasingly finding themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol and in need of help. In….

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Why Do People Choose Long-term Treatment in a Rehab Center?

Both long-term and short-term treatment options exist for nearly every type of rehab facility, and individuals in need of recovery help are asked to choose the program that is best for them. But why would anyone choose long-term treatment if they can go through a shorter program and recover more quickly? Long-term Treatment for Long-term….

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Alternatives to Traditional Drug Addiction Rehab

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Formal drug addiction treatment at a traditional rehab facility is still considered to be the best possible option for most individuals with substance use disorders. Formal treatment can be either in an inpatient or outpatient-based facility, and usually consists of a treatment plan including medication, therapy, and several other medical care options (depending on the….

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Top Benefits of Local Alcohol Treatment Centers

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Are you interested in checking into an alcohol treatment center? If your addiction has become too much for you to handle and you are ready to make the necessary changes, there is no better time to take the first step. While some people opt to attend alcohol rehab far away from home, others realize the….

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Which Drug Rehab Center is Right for Me?

Let us help you find a drug rehab center to help you with your addiction!

If you are addicted to drugs and have come to the realization that you need help then it’s time to figure out what drug rehab center is going to be most effective for your individual needs. There are a number of specialized drug rehab centers that each provide a range of services that are aimed….

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