When a person is dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, they are bound to encounter a lot of loss along the way.  This kind of loss can come in many forms as a consequence of addiction, like:

  • The loss of self-esteem and self-respect
  • The loss of significant relationships like losing touch with a child or getting divorced
  • The loss of a job
  • Legal troubles like getting a DUI or getting caught with drugs
  • Loss of personal health

Rebuilding takes time and focus. It means that recovery needs to be an absolute priority, and all other things come second. That being said, it is important to have a plan to rebuild all the things you lost in your addiction so that you can be on your way to a better life. 

Rebuilding Starts in Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Recovery happens in steps and can’t be done all at once. The first thing that anyone needs to go through when sobering up from a substance is the detox process. Detoxing is notoriously uncomfortable and causes people to relapse who don’t want to deal with the physical consequences. For this reason, it is essential to withdraw from your drug of choice in a professional, medically-supervised environment.

As you go through treatment and begin to get stronger, make the most of your time there. The staff is well-equipped to deal with what you are going through and they are there to provide you with the best tools possible to get sober. Making the most of your time in treatment means speaking up, attending as many group and individual sessions as you can, and putting yourself out there for the best possible care you can get.

Start thinking about your next steps after addiction treatment while you are still in rehab. Your therapists, doctors, and case managers will be able to advise you on the most appropriate next steps to take to ensure your success.

Treatment should always be weaned down gradually for the best chance at sustained sobriety. It is essential to look into things like long-term care, therapy, an outpatient program, and sober living. The more you can do to help yourself after rehab, the better.

Treatment is Done! What Now?

The weeks and months right out of rehab are an incredibly humbling time. The key is to keep focusing on your recovery and stay away from people, places, and things that may cause a relapse. Work on earning back all the things you may have lost, one step at a time. Recognize that these things may not come easy or fast, but as long as you stay on the right path, they will be worth it. 

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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