Why Outpatient Drug Rehab Is a Good Idea
After all the hard work put into your recovery during residential treatment, making the intentional choice to participate in outpatient drug rehab just makes sense.
A tremendous amount of beneficial change can be brought about in residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment. The body becomes free, perhaps for the first time in a long time, from mind-altering chemicals. Physical health is nurtured, psychological issues are addressed, and quite likely an introduction is made to spiritual principles. Through group and individual counseling, the newly recovering addict begins to see with clarity the hopelessness of addiction, and the inevitability of its progression if left unchecked. He or she develops a sense of camaraderie with their fellows in recovery. Life seems to offer new possibilities and new hope.
The fact is, all the valuable work done in residential treatment can go out the window in a minute if the things learned there aren’t put to use and reinforced by continuing to strengthen your foundation in recovery.
And then it’s time for the real world. Check out of drug addiction treatment and go home, face life, go back to work or find a job—no matter how much preparation you do, life on life’s terms can be challenging. Frustration, old friends who are still using, and tensions with loved ones or associates can all lead to relapse. Money problems, mood swings, and anxiety can make a drink, a pill, or a hit off a joint look like a welcome and innocent relief. The fact is, all the valuable work done in residential addiction treatment can go out the window in a minute if the things learned there aren’t put to use and reinforced by continuing to strengthen your foundation in recovery.
An outpatient drug rehab program can be the crucial missing link to long-term recovery—a bridge to living an independent, drug-free life. As our life situations require an entirely new set of responses, we bring them to our outpatient drug rehab program and apply what we learn there. The things we learned in residential drug addiction treatment now become habits that anchor us in a new mode of living, not only free from drugs and alcohol but also happier and more productive.