Successful Reintegration Into Society
The goal of a successful drug rehab
program is not only to help an individual
understand why they use drugs and
why their life will be better without
drugs, but also to offer the individual
the necessary tools to continue
to remain drug-free once they have
completed the rehab program and
have re-entered into society.
Tips for successful re-integration into society
Avoid hanging out with former friends who continue to
do drugs. This is crucial and very difficult simply
because very often former addicts will no longer have any
other friends. This can be a lonely period for many recovering
addicts. At times they feel so alone, they are tempted to
start taking drugs again to ease the pain. Be assured that
this stage shall pass and rely on the support of family,
friends (who were not a part of your former life), counselors,
therapists, priests or pastors, and anyone else you may
need to get you through this early period of re-integration.
2. Avoid attending situations or events where
drugs or alcohol will be available. If you have no access
to drugs you will not be tempted by their proximity.
3. Learn other behaviors and methods of coping with
stress and/or depression or certain emotions that tend
to overwhelm you and lead you back to drugs. Try yoga, meditation,
exercise, writing in journals, art classes or explore other
interests that appeal to you.
4. Keep busy. Set goals for yourself and pursue
them actively. This could be anything from going back to
school to planning a trip around the world. Give yourself
something great and exciting to focus on.
5. Finally, continue to attend therapy sessions
and group meetings such as AA or NA on a regular basis for
as long as necessary. This could be forever and there is
nothing wrong with that.
Treat yourself with kindness and dignity and respect. Be
proud of yourself. List your accomplishments and most importantly,
if you should relapse, don’t start the cycle all over
again by beating yourself up. Quickly, get back on track.
You can do it!