Life After Rehab: 5 Things That Will Change

It’s no secret that your life looks a lot different after rehab for your substance use disorder — but that can be a great thing. Rehab isn’t just a way to detox and stop using: it has many other benefits, including learning how to maintain your sobriety, enjoy a peaceful life with purpose, and love yourself.

Here are a few of the most positive changes you can expect after undergoing treatment: 

#1 — A Focus on Health, for Mind & Body

If you suffer from a substance use disorder, then you very much know the toll it takes on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. That’s why rehab allows you to focus on healing both your mind and body with regular exercise, rest, stress management, and healthy meal choices.

After rehab, you’ll quickly start to notice how much better your body feels with the adequate nutrition, sleep, and physical activity your mind and body need to function at their best. The emphasis that rehab places on self-care will help you maintain your sobriety — and better love the skin you’re in.

#2 — Structure That Encourages Healthy Habits

One of the ways rehab helps break the addiction cycle is by providing structure to an previously unstable life. Treatment will have you following a clear routine to help break self-destructive habits and replace them with healthier practices.

So, instead of using drugs or alcohol to alter your mood or numb unwanted emotions, you channel your emotions through healthier means like journaling, chores, and hobbies and clubs. By learning and following a new regimen, you can develop healthy behaviors and maintain them long after treatment has ended.

#3 — A Healthier Relationship with Your Addiction

Rehab gives you the time and expertise to dig deep into your thought processes and behaviors to help you understand the root of your addiction. Through individual and group therapy sessions, including dual diagnosis treatment, you can begin to address both the original causes of your addiction and the unmet needs you’ve been trying to fulfil with substance abuse.

Once you identify your vulnerabilities and triggers, you’ll use the tools you’ve learned in treatment to forgive yourself, manage difficult feelings, and prevent relapse.

Happy woman after her rehab at Roots Recovery

#4 — Better Career Opportunities

In addition to learning life skills during treatment like positive coping mechanisms, you’ll also learn professional skills to help you in your career post-rehab, such as resume building, interview practice, financial planning and management, and more.

After treatment, you’ll have the skills to find and maintain meaningful employment as you navigate your newfound sobriety. Whether they return to their career, find a completely new line of work, or even find a job with a rehab program, people find plenty of fulfilling employment opportunities after rehab.

#5 — A Lifetime of Support

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and it’s made easier with tools, understanding, and fellowship. Forming strong bonds with the peers you’re receiving treatment with builds an incredibly strong community.

During treatment, you connect with others like you, recovery staff, and program alumni to form genuine friendships. And for many, these are relationships they can rely on for support throughout their lifetime. Even better, many of those who have completed rehab previously find purpose and direction from helping others like themselves who are newer to treatment.

Change for The Better with Roots Recovery

Life after rehab will be different — but that can be a beautiful thing. You’ll gain an understanding of your addiction, heal its underlying causes, learn practical life skills to maintain a sober and healthy lifestyle, and form a strong support network to help you every step of the way.

[Learn more about our addiction services] at Roots Recovery, and how they can help you develop the tools you need to live the rich life in recovery you deserve.