People who leave rehab after successful completion of their indoor treatment are faced with numerous challenges. Returning to their previous lives can become a difficult task for most patients. Following certain precautionary measures can ensure that these challenges are dealt with in an effective manner and no obstacles interfere with the process of recovery.
Arman Ahmed has completed his MS in Clinical Psychology from Government College University, Lahore. He is also an alumni of Forman Christian College and Aitchison College Lahore. His research work includes experimental studies on concepts of emotion regulation, empathy and threatened egotism. His interests also extend to topics in the sphere of social psychology such as locus of control and superstitions.
Editor: Samreen Masud
In Pakistan, an estimated 6.7 million people are engaged in the problem of drug or alcohol usage. In view of the rising number of individuals who are turning towards drug use, provision of effective treatment has assumed a highly important role. Discovering and getting admission to high-quality treatment facilities that offer specialized recovery programs, is crucial for individuals who are faced with alcohol or drug addiction. Such treatment programs can help patients gain awareness about their problems and achieve a state of sobriety. However, a large majority of people who complete indoor treatment for drug addiction experience a relapse and fall back to their previous pattern of drug use.
A number of social, personal and environmental factors are responsible for instigating a relapse. They hamper the progress of recovery and create obstacles in the way of following the new lifestyle that they have adopted.Hence, it is important for the recovery plan to be tailored along lines that help patients leave the controlled environment of the rehab and successfully reintegrate themselves into the society. Individuals must have a definite plan in place for returning to their old life without falling prey to the same negative habits that had led to their drug abuse. As a person goes through a profound learning experience during their stay at the rehab and defines new goals for himself, returning to a familiar setting could become a substantial challenge. The changes in lifestyle and general outlook that indoor therapy brings along with it, can only prove beneficial if they are sustained over a considerable period of time.
To ensure that the recovery process continues well after the patients have completed their treatment in rehab, a number of things need to be taken into consideration.Possible challenges that they might have to face during the transition phase need to be addressed well before they have left the controlled setting of the rehab. During their stay in the rehab they need to be made aware of the fact that they will largely be in charge of their own decisions for treatment following their release. Despite the counseling made available to them during their stay at the rehabilitation facility, recovering addicts who leave drug rehab centers after treatment are faced with a host of challenges.