One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to drug rehab clinics in London is that when the course of treatment comes to an end, that’s really the end of it. You attend a rehabilitation clinic, complete a treatment programme and return to normal life once again. In reality however, things aren’t quite as simple as this.
What many fail to realise is that regimented rehabilitation programmes represent only the first of many steps towards lifelong recovery. Depending on the individual and the severity of the case, it’s perfectly possible that the contrary process could indeed continue throughout their entire lifetime. Rehabilitation simply exists to open the door – it’s then up to the patient in question to go through it and choose the right past.
So in order to ensure that expectations are engaged accordingly, what follows is a brief overview of just a few things that are important to know when approaching the end of a course of rehab:
1. The Process Starts Now
First of all, and as already touched upon, completion of a course of treatment is by no means the end of the process. In fact, it is simply the beginning. It’s natural for many recovering addicts to fall into a false sense of security during the initial treatment process. This is because not only does progress in the early stages tend to occur much faster, but the fact that they are under the supervision and support of any number of professionals makes the challenges easier to deal with. By contrast, just as soon as the course of treatment is completed, you assume much greater control over yourself and your behaviours.
2. Temptation Is Everywhere
Contrary to popular belief, avoiding temptation once a course of addiction treatment has been completed is far from easy. Even if you make every effort not to put yourself in a position where temptation is at its strongest, there will still be various instances on a day to day basis where it presents itself. Whatever the addiction in question, it is important to acknowledge the fact that temptation forms part and parcel of the long-term recovery process and therefore cannot be ignored.
3. You May Feel You’re Going Backwards
As mentioned, the fastest and most noticeable/measurable progress always tends to happen during the earlier stages of the recovery process. As time goes on, it becomes less and less easy to notice any real differences in terms of ongoing progress. As such, there may be times when you either feel as if you have stopped making any progress at all, or are in fact moving backwards. Once again, this is relatively normal and in some instances inevitable. It’s how these situations and complications are dealt with that will determine whether or not the long-term outlook is positive.
4. Normal Life Isn’t Normal
One of the biggest mistakes made by so many recovering addicts is that of assuming that they will be able to return to normal life following the completion of their treatment. The problem being that even if they themselves have made outstanding progress, this doesn’t mean that normal life will be as normal as they remember it. There may be various lifestyle adjustments to make, not to mention frayed relationships and difficult emotions to deal with along the way. You cannot simply expect a snap your fingers and have things go back to the way they once were – it just isn’t going to happen.
5. You Can’t Rush Things
The desire to bring some sense of normality back to life often leads to those involved doing their best to rush the process. Of course, when going through something like this, it’s natural to want to complete it as quickly and successfully as possible. Unfortunately, it is also a textbook example of the kind of instance where rushing the process will only ever slow it down. In fact, attempting to speed things up could stop your progress in its tracks.
6. You Must Continue to Seek Support
Last but not least, experts always recommend remaining in close contact with councillors, doctors and the professionals that have supported you along the way long-term. In fact, that pretty much anyone who has assisted with your recovery process is someone you should continue to seek support from. Many recovering addicts find themselves overwhelmed by the desire to regain their independence and go it alone. Unfortunately, there are very few instances where this does not end up doing far more harm than good.