It’s easy to focus on the things that you “have” to do once you exit rehab and begin your life in recovery. But one of the things you should do is take care of your mental health. Newfound sobriety can be quite challenging, but there’s plenty you can do to make this journey easier on yourself.
Everyone who has suffered from addiction has done things they feel guilt over. And on some level, this is normal and healthy: guilt can drive us to do better. It’s when guilt turns into shame — punishing ourselves continuously, declaring ourselves bad or irredeemable — that it becomes a problem.
Though it might not seem like it, as someone in recovery, you’re in a position to be a role model. You’ve overcome a lot of obstacles, and you’re living proof that a person can face some real challenges and come through the other side.
At The River Source, we take a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment. We focus on healing the body, mind, and spirit together because the three are equally important to your overall well-being. And part of that is engaging with what else the client must do to heal beyond getting clean.
Many people are deeply affected by a loved one’s addiction, but children often carry the baggage for the rest of their lives. They’re less likely to really understand what’s going on at the time, and the resulting trauma during their parent’s addiction can be difficult for them to process.
If you’re currently in recovery, the possibility of relapse will likely always be a source of worry. After all, addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” with relapse rates on par with other chronic diseases: according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the substance abuse relapse rate is around 40-60%, which is actually lower than relapse rates for high blood pressure and asthma (both 50-70%).