Following treatment, people will either enter a Recovery Home or return back to their old lives. Unfortunately, this sometimes exposes them to old habits and influences, which can be difficult to resist and increase susceptibility to relapse. Fortunately, there is ample advice and support for this time in someone’s recovery journey:
Join support groups
Whether it’s Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous or any other group, it is important to surround yourself with people who understand your experience and who are available in times of doubt or crisis. Gateway Foundation’s 12-Step Facilitation can help connect people to groups near them before they even leave treatment.
Become engaged with the Recovery Community
Addiction is isolation; recovery is community. Getting involved with the Recovery Community connects people in recovery with others who are dealing with similar issues. Gateway Foundation’s Recovery Community events are opportunities for all alumni as well as anyone in recovery to make friends and celebrate their success.
Make a schedule and stick to it, for your nutrition, your work and your personal time. This will ease the transition back into life outside of treatment.
Set boundaries and limits
It is important to let people in your life know that you are making this change and that you are fully committed to it.
Use your resources
All Gateway Foundation patients are eligible for free lifetime access to myStrength, a digital resource and app to help individuals set goals and stay motivated with their mental health and recovery once they complete treatment. Your Gateway Foundation team will also help you set up or refer you to continuing therapy and care for your wellness beyond treatment.
Pay it forward by dedicating your time to organizations you care about. You can also volunteer at Gateway Foundation’s events or groups. Feeling good about yourself and your contributions to your community will make it easier to say no to negative influences and yes to the life you want to live.
Stay in touch
Gateway Foundation’s connection continues after patients leave as alumni. Individual locations host alumni meetings and events and Recovery Community events are open to anyone in recovery. Sign up for our text and email alerts, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and inspiration.
Listening to people share their stories of recovery can empower others to ask for help and change their lives. It reminds others they are not alone. Sharing your story is also a way to reflect on your progress and the struggles you’ve overcome. Contact us to share your story today.
If you still have questions or concerns about living in recovery, contact us. With Gateway Foundation, treatment ends, but recovery is for life.