You’ve been waiting for this day for weeks, maybe even months. You’re finally going home after a stay in residential treatment. Congratulations! After going through something this important, you no doubt feel like a changed person. You can’t wait to be reunited with your loved ones, and sleep in your own bed again. You’re probably also a little fearful of what to expect. Rest assured: There are steps you can take in your first day home after rehab that will set the tone for continued recovery.
Your family will likely be very happy to see you. They may remark on how different you look. Sometimes, though, reuniting with family members can be stressful and uncertain. You still have a lot of work to do in rebuilding trust and repairing damaged relationships. With continued sobriety, honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, you can begin to make progress quickly.
Take some quiet time to go over the packet of materials your treatment center sends home with you. In it, you’ll find instructions for aftercare, including outpatient treatment and finding a therapist, if necessary. You’ll also find a list of 12-step meetings in your area. By the end of your first day home, make arrangements for these critical components of your recovery, and be sure to fill any prescriptions given to you by the treatment center.
Identify a 12-step meeting you can attend the day you get home. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Research has shown that people who go to a 12-step meeting the same day they leave inpatient care greatly lower their risk of relapse.
Once at the meeting, introduce yourself, and let the group know you’re newly out of rehab. You’ll be warmly welcomed, and encouraged to “keep coming back.” You’ll be given a schedule of all the meetings in your community, and a list of group members’ phone numbers. Especially in the beginning, keep these numbers with you at all times. When you’re faced with temptation, call as many numbers as you have to until you reach someone. Make it a practice to call someone else in recovery every day. As you build a sober network, you’ll benefit from the wisdom of others in the program.
In addition to going to outpatient rehab and therapy, you should plan to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Within your first two weeks back home, choose a home group and a sponsor. With continued care and commitment, you’ll build a solid foundation for continued sobriety. Enjoy your new life!
Recovery is a lifelong journey. It requires professional guidance, and a lot of hard work on your part. At Harmony Place, you never have to do the work alone. We’re there for you, every step of the way. For information on our total continuum of care and luxury residential treatment, and a private consultation, call us today: 1-855-652-9048