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What Happens After Rehab

What Happens After Rehab

Posted: August 17, 2020 by in Hope Recovery Addiction Center

Inpatient rehab is the first step to getting your life back on track after drug addiction. In a controlled environment where so many of your needs are taken care of, detoxing and preparing for that next step that comes after rehab seems easy. However, the challenges come when we leave that controlled environment.  

In addition, we must make those decisions, which can be very difficult. Do we go back to where we were living? Do we keep the same friends? How do we meet new ones? What do I do after completing drug rehab? These are a great start to know what happens after drug rehab.  

Do you, or someone you love, suffer from addiction? Are you unsure whether or not you should consider rehab? Are you looking to find out what happens before, during, and after? Call (918) 779-0011. Our experts will be glad to answer any questions that you might have. Furthermore, they would be happy to discuss the process of rehab. But, also help you figure out which treatment option is best for you. Do not hesitate. Call us today.

Loving Your Body 

Our bodies are damaged head to toe from substance use disordersTo have a decent shot at staying sober, the body needs some help. After rehab, our bodies have special nutritional needs and physical exercise is especially important. For that first year after being active and getting the nutrition needed is much higher than normal. The body must be fed good food every day after rehab.  

Even if you eat a healthy, varied diet while using drugs and alcohol, fewer nutrients are available to satisfy the needs of the body. A lot of those nutrients are being used to detoxify your body instead.  

Brain Function and Food

Food plays a huge role in the way your brain functions. If your body does not produce enough brain chemicals, you may become anxious, cranky, and not be able to sleep well. Stress from all of these things can cause memory to slip, make you paranoid, tired, or depressed. 

Moreover, malnutrition shows up in several ways. In the short term, you may become very tired and have a weaker immune system—which means that you’re more susceptible to infections. Other symptoms include dental problems, digestive problems, skin conditions, and changes in the way foods taste. During long-term use, there are risks for brain damage, nerve damage, liver disease, heart and pancreas problems, and certain types of cancer. These problems need to be identified and treated during the recovery process—ideally by a team of health care professionals. 

In the early stages of detoxification and recovery, you need to introduce meals slowly. This is because your body might not be used to digesting food. It’s a good idea to start off with small and frequent meals. However, some people may start to gain weight. If you want weight management advice, please call us. If, however, gaining appropriate amounts of weight bothers you; or your eating behavior seems out of control, then you may need professional guidance for better self-esteem and any eating disorder issues. If you need further guidance call our team of professionals. We are standing by ready to take your call. Our team will be happy to provide you with more information about managing your eating habits while battling addiction.

What You Eat Matters

Food shouldn’t replace drugs as a coping mechanism. Sugar and caffeine are common substitutes used during recovery because they produce highs and lows. These low-nutrient foods can prevent you from consuming enough healthy food and they affect your mood and cravings. However, these foods are preferable to relapsing into an addiction. 

A Diet Which Supports Recovery Should Include: 

  • Complex carbohydrates (half of the calories you consume), for example, this means plenty of grains, fruits, and vegetable 
  • Dairy products or other foods rich in calcium (calcium-fortified beverages, tofu, kale for instance), two to three cups per day 
  • Moderate protein (15% to 20% of calories): two to four ounces twice a day of meat or fish (or another high-protein food such as tofu) 
  • Fat choices (30% of calories), preferably good oils such as canola, olive, flaxseed and those found in fish 

Some of the Best Tips for Maintaining a Lasting and Healthy Recovery are The Following: 

  • Eat nutritious meals and snacks 
  • Get physical activity combined with enough rest 
  • Reduce caffeine and stop smoking 
  • Seek help from counselors and support groups on a regular basis 
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements if recommended by a healthcare professional 

Dehydration is another common issue during recovery from SUDs. Drinking plenty of fluids between meals is critical to maintaining good health. Many times, overeating is especially present for those addicted to stimulants. So, to help with keeping the best overall health possible, stick to regular mealtimes, eat foods low in fat, get more protein, complex carbs, and dietary fiber and see a healthcare professional regularly. 

Without the support of social groups that improve access to safe and nutritional foods, just like with the SUD, staying on track with proper eating is very difficult. Health care providers and community-based agencies have access to nutrition, food provision services, and other social services. All of these are great tools in the recovery process. 

For more nutrition advice, please call us. Our experts will have many tools and services for you to use. These tools are designed to help you. Above all, we want to help you get better. Call us today, and then we will work together on starting this journey.

Stay Away From Being Bored 

After rehab, many suggest creating or finding new hobbies as well as support groups to prevent old behaviors from creating triggering moments. Also, the support groups can help when triggers do happen, and you are struggling. Having someone you can call and talk to is a lifesaver in those moments.  

Exercise is increasingly becoming a component of many treatment programs and has proven effective. Exercise exerts benefits by reducing negative feelings and stress, and by helping prevent weight gain in recovery. This generally decreases the effects of drug use. Exercise generally produces a positive response because of the effect on the pleasure center of the brain through the release of dopamine.  

what happens after alcohol rehabUltimately, a useful hobby is one that provides you with joy and satisfaction. Sometimes finding the perfect hobby is as simple as trying new activities. Other times it takes a more structured approach. But here’s what to look for in an excellent hobby after addiction. Choose one that: 

  • Makes you happy 
  • Let’s you have fun while sober 
  • Boosts your self-esteem 
  • Increases your motivation 
  • Lessens feelings of isolation 
  • Improves social skills 
  • Alleviates your stress 

Some hobbies you may wish to try are: 

  • Writing 
  • Fitness 
  • Cooking 
  • Team Sports 
  • Playing Music 
  • Running 
  • Art 

Are you starting to struggle again? Do you need more ideas on how to stay busy? Or do you just need some advice on staying sober? No matter the cause, call us. Our team is built to be judgment-free, and open to helping others. Call today and get the advice that you need to stay on the sober path.

Support Groups 

Just a few of the popular support groups are the 12-step meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA). Another 12-step recovery group, faith-based, is Celebrate Recovery (CR).  

Other options are available aside from 12-step support groups. Those include Self-Management and Recovery Training (Smart Recovery), Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS), and Rational Recovery (RR). Although some are new to many of us, some are becoming more and more a household name.  

For the friends and families of those who have completed rehab, Al-Anon and Alateen are excellent support groups. Everyone affected by the person with a SUD needs support through such an unsure time.

Even if you are unable to attend a meeting in person, no matter what the reason, many recovery support groups have an online presence. For example, AA has online meetings around the world. If you find the time you need, you can sign on and join with any of those meetings.  

In Oklahoma, many resources are available from treatment centers to 12-step support groups for SUD recovery to mental health support. An excellent resource for potential services and options can be found on the Oklahoma government website. However, if you need someone to talk to now we’re here for you. We are happy to help you find treatment options and help you figure out what the best post-rehab option is best for you. Call now and our team will help you find the support that you need to get and stay clean. 

I Relapsed. Have I Failed? 

To summarize, no. The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the process. However, there are ways to help stop relapse. Please know, relapse rates for drug use are like rates for other chronic medical illnesses. With SUDs, the relapse rate is around 50 percent. However, for chronic diseases like high blood pressure and asthma, the relapse rate is 70 percent or more. Have those people failed? Absolutely not. 

Treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply rooted behaviors. Relapse doesn’t mean you have failed. When a person recovering from addiction relapsesit indicates that the person needs to speak with their doctor to resume treatment, modify it, or try another treatment.  Relapse is common and similar across chronic illnesses. Therefore, substance use disorders should be treated like any other chronic illness. Relapse serves as a sign for resumed, modified, or new treatment.  

While relapse is a normal part of recovery, for some drugs, it can be very dangerous — even deadly. If a person uses as much of the drug as they did before he or she quits, they can easily overdose because their bodies are no longer adapted to their previous level of drug exposure. An overdose happens when the person uses enough of a drug to produce uncomfortable feelings, life-threatening symptoms, or death. 

Have you relapsed? Are you afraid you are about to? If you need help staying sober call us as soon as possible. With our judgment-free policy, you will never be questioned or judged. Get the help that you need with no questions asked. Most importantly, we want to help you get better. Help us help you. Call us today.

Staying in Treatment 

Staying in a treatment plan, even after rehab, can be quite difficult without the proper incentives. Factors with both the individual and the program treatment plan are directly related to the engagement and retention of the individualSome factors include motivation to change, family and friend support, pressure from the criminal justice system, child protection services, employers, and family.  

Also, providing overall aftercare treatment for drug abusers for not just the SUDs, but medical and mental health care as well allows for a better treatment program and a greater likelihood the person will stay. In addition, the whole person is being treated and not just one aspect of the person.  

The Final Say 

So, what happens after drug or alcohol rehab? Many issues can cause a person to turn to drugs or alcohol. Possibly a person’s genes, the action of the drug, peer pressure, emotional distress, and depression are just a few of those issues. Generally, the drugs are not the issue, just a symptom of the real reason the substance use began. Unless the real reason for substance use is addressed, the likelihood of successful rehabilitation is slim.  

The bottom line for recovery is this: we all need support. It does not matter where it comes from. Whether it is family, friends, church, a 12-step program, a non-12-step program, or counseling, we cannot do this alone. Isolation is not a friend to those of us in recovery from SUDs and other addiction issues. Reach out, talk to someone, and do not be afraid to ask for help. If you need help on how to get and stay sober, then call us. That is a great first step in getting sober. Our team will welcome you with open arms and will help you find the treatment that is right for you. Call today, and start a better life tomorrow. 


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