- Leaving the drug rehabilitation facility means leaving behind an extensive amount of support that was available to them through their counselors and psychologists. The patients may find it difficult to readjust to an environment where similar level of support is not available.
- Treatment in rehab is focused specifically on achieving the state of sobriety. However, there are several other unforeseen concerns and problems in the real world that a person has to deal with. Although patients learn a whole range of management skills during their stay in the rehab, they are bound to be faced with stressors that they could not previously anticipate.
People return from the rehab to certain stressful circumstances as they may be faced with financial hardships and family related problems which they were previously protected from. Many of them have to completely rebuild their lives which were negatively affected during the active addiction phase.
- Certain patients leave the rehab believing that they have completed their recovery and accomplished all the necessary goals during their stay in the rehab. They become careless with regards to their recovery which can lead towards a relapse. Individuals with such a thinking pattern can become “dry drunk,” which means that they continue to display the same behaviors as they previously did despite being off alcohol or drugs.
- Upon leaving the rehab and re-entering into their real lives, patient come face to face with temptation inducing situations and scenarios. Old people, places and environmental cues may give rise to cravings that the recovering patients can find hard to manage.
- Patients returning home are exposed to peers who are still engaged in drug usage or are unsupportive of their decision for treatment.They may entice a person to turn back to their old habits. The recovering patient may also come into contact with friends and family members who are not yet ready to forgive the mistakes that he had made and the disruptive behavior that he had shown in the past. This may create a stressful situation for the patient and have a negative impact on the recovery process.
- Patients near the end of their treatment in the rehab, may also experience a pink cloud syndrome where they lose sight of reality in light of the positivity that they feeling in their new lives. The danger in this situation is that the patients might start taking their recovery for granted as it could all feel too easy to them. In this state of overconfidence, they might overlook their responsibilities towards the treatment process.
Dealing with the fear of leaving the confines of the rehab is a natural process and one that helps people prepare for the life outside. Being mindful of all the trials and challenges that a recovering patient may encounter in the life after rehab, can help them take precautionary measures that can avert the chances of a possible relapse. Mentioned ahead are some of the measures that could ensure a smooth transition from the rehab to everyday life.