Much of the significant work of the drug rehab centre process you have been engaged in involves helping us identify specific ways to fulfill our wants and needs. A Recovery checklist post rehab can be a vital tool leading to success or failure. Now you’re getting ready to leave, it is time to put this into practice. Once we determine what we want to change, we are generally ready to explore other possible behaviors and formulate an action plan. Very rarely does enough therapy go here, as it’s the ‘unknown’ bit no one wants to talk about.
The process of creating and carrying out a Recovery checklist post rehab enables people to begin to gain effective control over their healing process. If the plan does not work, for whatever reason, the counsellor and client work together to devise a different plan. The plan gives us a starting point, a beginning point on life as a verb, but realise plans can be modified as needed.
Do you know that EARLY HEALING IN THE DSM 5 PSYCHIATRIC MANUAL IS 3-12 MONTHS? Keep perspective about where you are in your process. A drug rehab center experience is just the beginning.
Aftercare tick list – 10 out of 15 ticks indicates OK mindset
12 out of 15 ticks indicates positive mindset
15 out of 15 ticks indicates good mindset
15 out of 15 ticks indicate that this week you have done all you need to ensure immunity from negativity and emotional pitfalls by living your life ‘one day at a time…’ and by practicing the recovery principles you learned with us in ALL your affairs, if not, ask: have I been DISHONEST to myself!
- How many sessions or meetings have you attended this week? (1-2 is the minimum suggested). An American recovery person once stated that he may well only need 3 meetings or sessions a week but attends 5 as he does not know which 3 he actually needs!
- How many times did you share in a meeting or with a counsellor? Recovery checklist post rehab should always include more meetings.
- How many times have you spoken to your friends, family, peers, sponsors, professionals? Connect!
- Have you taken a daily inventory (resentment, fear, harms done and 10 things you are grateful for every night or so). Don’t fall into the trap of not being grateful…who bought my food, paid my rent, petrol, books, favours….be grateful or make sure you don’t accept free favours from family or friends.
- Have you made amends for any ‘harm’s done to other people’ this week?
- Have you contacted family this week for connection or only when you want something? A great recovery checklist post rehab needs this!
- Have you discussed with another person something that you did that you felt was wrong that is still a secret?
- Have you presented yourself well to the outside world – by taking care of your appearance and your personal hygiene?
- Have you kept your expectations of yourself and others at a sensible level? (appropriately low expectations is a useful principle to practice)
- Have you discussed with someone any negative feelings or remorse that has come up over events in the past? (guilt, shame, remorse and self-pity etc.) Have you done this after the drug rehab center stay?
- It is highly suggested you stay busy with at least one assignment, book, project or study course, either with us at the Center, or with another organisation, that is organized to do so. Not Facebook groups or other chat groups. It is not enough! You should always be speaking to someone with a couple of degrees for the first 12 months, and not “experts” that have healed themselves and are now professionals – this can be very dangerous in the early days especially. People can be esoteric, spiritual, weird or whatever sure….but they should have a solid scientific background first, if they are to help people who have suffered any kinds of severe or moderate depression etc.
- Have you ‘walked the walk’, or if you are honest with yourself (rigorously honest) have you been talking the talk? (i.e. not actually doing what you tell others you are doing). Any recovery checklist post rehab worth its weight needs serious honesty, all the time.
- Have you prayed and meditated every morning and every evening, asking for good healing and a purposeful life, and then thanking God of your understanding that you’ve been healed with spiritual principles?
- Are you invested in this healing process and program, or pretending to be in recovery waiting for a miracle to happen to you while you get lethargic and isolate? Are you peaceful inside or constantly angry? Blaming anyone?
- How open am I? Be honest, open and willing or you’ll get resentful. That is the quickest proven way worldwide to relapse.
“A common misconception is that after a person is discharged from an addiction treatment center, they’re cured. That’s not the case. Recovery from active addiction is an ongoing process.”Even when your treatment program is complete, you have more to learn and more to do. Sometimes, your learning process will involve a relapse.
When people think about relapses, they often think about a moment when a person suddenly made a mistake and slipped back into addiction. In reality, a relapse is a process, and it can take a long time to complete it.
In an article produced by the American Bar Association, the authors say some 75 percent of people in a addiction recovery experience a relapse within the first year of that recovery. For most people, relapse is a process that begins with discomfort, pain, and a lack of adjustment.
In your post recovery checklist post rehab program, you may have the opportunity to take courses on the rehab process. Pay attention during those courses, and think about how they might apply to you and your life. When you are preparing to leave the facility, think about the people, places, and things that could trigger an urge to relapse. Then, work with your counselor to identify what your relapse might look like. Then, identify what you could do to deal with those early warning signs when they appear without relapsing.75 percent of people in recovery experience a relapse within the first year of that recovery
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